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SULLY (2016) – My rating: 8.5/10

sullyBased on a true story, that I actually remember, this rendition is as good as it gets. In January of 2009, US Airways, Flight 1549, in route to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, lost two engines right after take off from LaGuardia (LGA) Airport at an altitude of only 2,818 feet, because a bird strike.  In this case, a flock of Canada Geese flying south flew into the engine of the plane. The goose or bird strike rendered the plane too damaged to make it back to LGA airport or to Teterboro, a nearby airport in New Jersey. The Captain, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and his First Officer, Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) were forced to land in the Hudson River. To make matters worst, an Arctic air mass that engulfed the region caused the coldest temperature of the season. The wind chill was 2 degrees and the water temperature was 41 degrees, raising the risk of “cold shock,” a condition in which people lose the use of their arms and legs, usually drowning within 5 minutes.  Because all 155 passengers survived, “Sully” was called a hero and praised for his actions.  The Safety Board (NTSB) had other ideas and tried to accuse “Sully” of pilot error.  Through Flight Simulators, the NTSB found that “Sully” could have made it to one of the nearby airports without crashing the plane or exposing the passengers to the dangers of the Hudson River.

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Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger

To find out what follows, I highly recommend that you go to see the movie for answers.  This was a really good one.  Kudos to Clint Eastwood, who directed “Sully” — he has turned out to be one hell of a director.  I enjoyed “Sully” and found the overall performances to be brilliant. As usual, Tom Hanks gave a riveting delivery of his character, complete with PTSD.  Charles Porter (Mike O’Malley) was excellent as one of the head NTSB investigators whose performance truly dominated the film.

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LONDON HAS FALLEN (2016) – My rating: 8/10

LondonHasFallenLondon has Fallen is one of a couple of similar titles (White House Down and Olympus has Fallen) that deal with the taking over of a country or the attempted murder of a world leader i.e., president of the US, right in their own back yard.  This time, a funeral for the Prime Minister, James Wilson is scheduled to take placed in London and is being attended by many world leaders.  Concern for their safety becomes a growing concern because of the state of the world regarding terrorist, and current events including the mysterious death of the Prime Minister.  President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart),  Secret Service Agent, Mike Banning (Gerard Butler),  Secret Service Director, Lynne Jacobs (Angela Bassett), travel to London to join many other prominent world leaders for Wilson’s state funeral. As they arrive, an attack is launched killing the Canadian Prime Minister and his wife, among others.  The Japanese Prime Minister drowns when suicide bombers cause Chelsea Bridge to collapse, the French President perishes when a bomb destroys his yacht on the River Thames and heavily damages Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, the Italian Prime Minister and his wife die when one of Westminster Abbey’s bell towers is blown up and the German Chancellor is murdered by disguised royal guardsmen at Buckingham Palace. The terrorists also hack into the city’s power network, effectively shutting it down. Meanwhile, back at the White House, the president’s staff, including Vice President Allan Trumbull, now acting President, (Morgan Freeman) watch the events in horror. The action is non stop as Mike turns an amenable president into a soldier as they fight to stay alive and free themselves from the terrorist war zone they find themselves in.

Although London Has Fallen has a similar theme to White House Down and Olympus is Down it still manages to be entertaining and is even better than a lot of summer fillers I’ve seen.  Still, you might want to wait for the DVD release.