Lewis On Film

Clint Eastwood’s “Sully,” which recollects the plight of Captain Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), begins in its protagonist’s mind. The film’s opening heady head-fake is a literal nightmare in which Sully imagines what would have happened had he and co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) obeyed the recommendation that they report to an airport. Well, another 9-11 would have happened, with U.S. Airways Flight 1549 crashing into high-rises in lower Manhattan. Eastwood and screenwriter Todd Komarnicki use dreamscapes more effectively than Christopher Nolan did in the much lauded “Inception.” Sully’s dreams are not phantasmagorical allegories of his subconscious but instant replays of an actual trauma, an experienced pilot ever reliving a worst-case scenario in his head.

We enter the point-of-view of Sully and never leave. “Sully” replays the events, in which he performs an emergency water landing on the Hudson River. The press dubbed it “The Miracle on the Hudson.” Eastwood’s constant rehashing…

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