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9/9 Movie Trip

Paul McGuire Grimes from Paul's Trip to the Movies, reviews the new Tom Hanks movie based on true events, a film adaption based on the 2012 bestseller book by M.L. Stedman and a home release thriller you can’t miss.

SULLY (theatrical release)

On January 15, 2009 Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger made a judgment call for a forced water landing for U.S. Airways Flight 1549. His plane suffered engine failure after a bird strike, and the aftermath was swift and timely. His decision to land in the middle of the Hudson River versus La Guardia or a runway in New Jersey may have cost him his career. He’s a veteran in the skies, yet he feels like his whole career hangs in the balance of an incident lasting 208 seconds. It feels very apparent that The National Transportation Safety Board (NSTB) set out to prove he made the wrong call. After many simulations and an investigation into the evidence, they believe he easily could have landed on the ground. The only other person in the cockpit was First Officer Jeff Skiles who firmly stands by Sully’s call. It’s easy to claim that Sully was a hero, as he rightly is, but there were far too many people who wanted to claim him as a fraud who endangered the 155 people on that flight.

-Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Mike O’Malley, Anna Gunn

-Directed by Clint Eastwood, his 35th film as a director shot it mainly using 65mm IMAX cameras. May be advantageous to see it projected at the IMAX Theater at the MN Zoo.

-Eastwood doesn’t seem interested in sensationalizing the landing for dramatic purposes. He gets right to the point without letting the story wander. The whole movie is a little over ninety minutes, which makes it one of his shortest movies to date.

-Takes a non-linear approach as the film mainly focuses on the investigation. Does recap the events that happened, but the actual landing doesn’t take precedence over everything else.

-Story told as a human-interest piece that focuses on who Sully was and how he dealt with the pressure that followed. He was a quiet man who didn’t like attention but was thrust in the public spotlight due to his heroic actions.  

-While Tom Hanks is not nearly as old as Sully or even resembles him, it’s the perfect casting choice as he naturally embodies that hero type. Hanks makes you believe and trust every action Sully took. He’s played many real people like in Saving Mr. Banks, Captain Phillips, and Bridge of Spies, but his subtle work makes each one different and unique without playing “Tom Hanks”.

Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? The fall movie season is off to a great start!



THE LIGHT BETWEEN THE OCEANS (theatrical release)

Tom Sherbourne is at a crossroads in life. He’s a World War I vet whose wife died a few years early. He is offered and accepts a six-month contract working at a lighthouse off the Australian coast. His short contract is extended into a three-year commitment. One day while on the mainland visiting, he meets Isabel who basically throws herself at him. She is able to get him to open up, and they begin a love letter correspondence while he is staying at the lighthouse. They eventually marry, and she moves out to the coast to be with him. Tragic strikes after Isabel suffers multiple miscarriages. She becomes fragile and uneasy until one day a rowboat washes ashore with a crying baby and dead man inside. Isabel believes this is a sign that they should raise the baby, while Tom is torn over not reporting it. Due to the immense love he has for her, he decides to bury the man and keep the child. A few years pass and the happy family is met with other trying situation. While on the mainland celebrating the lighthouse, they come face to face with the biological mother of their daughter. The sudden realization of the truth becomes all too much for Tom to handle.

-Starring: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz All three give dynamic performances. It’s a very different side of Fassbender than we’ve seen recently. It’s quiet, reserved, and guarded versus the brutish and forceful Steve Jobs.

-Written and directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines) He plays each scene with such raw honesty and emotion and makes good use out of close ups to put the audience right in the thick of it.

-Based on the bestselling 2012 book by M.L. Stedman. It has the sprawling and engaging nature of a good thick book you find yourself lost in spending hours at a time reading it

-Beautifully cinematography of the Australian coast, the lighthouse, and the specific attention to nature and the environment they’re in.

-One of those heavy stories where you need to be in the right mood for it. Lots of crying and heartbreak for all three of the main characters whom are asked to make life-altering decisions, some selfish and some for the sake of their loved ones.

-Will have polarizing effects on its audience. Some will be turned off by the gut-punch of a sad story it asks you to go on, while others will be swept up in it debating what they would do if faced with similar decisions.

Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Only if you’re up for it, and if so, you may need a tissue



MONEY MONSTER (home release)

George. Julia. Jodie. All three Oscar winners are teaming up for a sharp edge of your seat thriller that feels all too realistic. George Clooney plays a Jim Cramer type as Lee Gates, the host of a cable show called Money Monster. The show is devoted to the New York Stock exchange, and he’s considered the “Wizard of Wall Street.” He recently predicted the stock of a company named IBIS to skyrocket, but instead it plummets leaving stockholders broke. During a live broadcast of the show, a young man is seen lurking on set. He’s caught on camera by the show’s director, Patty Fenn, and it’s quickly determined that he isn’t the delivery guy. He is armed with a gun and straps a vest to Lee that has a live bomb attached. He takes Lee hostage as he blames him for losing all of his money on the IBIS stock. It’s up to Patty to stay in control of the situation in order to keep Lee alive as the FBI makes their way to the studio. Due to the nature of the show, it all airs live with millions of people watching glued into their television waiting to see how it all unfolds.

-Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito.

-Always great to see Clooney and Roberts on screen together. They have great chemistry together that’s always evident regardless of the genre. Both get to play to their strengths with Clooney playing up his charming and humorous sides. Roberts is back to the kick butt, take control powerhouse roles she can easily do.

-Jack O’Connell (Unbroken) gives an explosive performance as Kyle, the terrorist who takes Clooney hostage. He finds some inner layers without turning him into your standard madman.

-This is the fourth film directed by Jodie Foster. It’s an impressive turn for her to tackle this big of a film with so many movie parts. It’s evident her background in acting helps her stay focused on the characters and tension versus the action/thrill aspects of it all while making feel like it’s taking place in real time.

-The film takes just enough time in the beginning for the set up and gets right into the thick of the action. It’s a taught, edge of your seat ride shaped around the ideas of a man who believes in conspiracy theories against the government.

Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? A short, entertaining thriller where the less you know the better as it doesn’t always take the easy way out.