For those of you who know me personally…. as well as through this blog….you know I love movies.
The Captain and I try to take in a movie at least a couple times a month, sometimes 3 or 4 times a month…. if there are movies we really want to see.
Add to that fact…if the movies are based on real life happenings…well, that is a definite ‘must see’ for us!
There were two movies that were on the top of that list….,
….one was “Sully” and the other “Deepwater Horizon”
On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) tries to make an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite the accolades, the famed pilot now faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation.
This movie was perhaps the most realistic aviation movie that the Captain and I have seen.
You see, because of our aviation backgrounds…. we tend to pick a movie apart if we see inaccuracies.
For instance, one movie several years ago showed the interior of a 737 airplane while touting that the aircraft was a 747. Yes, I know these are little things…and it is Hollywood… but it tends to get my dander up when it is not believable.
Because the Captain is a pilot and I used to have a pilot’s license before deciding one pilot in the family is enough…the Captain could identify with Capt. Sullenberger. The fact that the aircraft was an Airbus….tainted my Boeing loyalty a bit, with my declaring if he had been flying a Boeing airplane, he would not have had to “ditch her in the Hudson River”….but that is a direction I won’t go in this review because, well…it was an Airbus.
I highly recommend this movie as it is well acted and just about as real as a Hollywood movie can get.
We saw it several weeks ago and if you want to see the ins and outs of a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation….this is the move to see.
The movie the Captain and I saw today was “Deepwater Horizon”.
“Deepwater Horizon” synopsis:
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, igniting a massive fireball that kills several crew members. Chief electronics technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his colleagues find themselves fighting for survival as the heat and the flames become stifling and overwhelming. Banding together, the co-workers must use their wits to make it out alive amid all the chaos.
The result of this BP drilling rig explosion as been the basis of many accusations of the oil industry and the effect on the environment with the worst oil spill in American history. According to one reviewer, ‘Director Peter Berg recreates the cataclysm of that day with unbearable tension and healing compassion. The blowout of BP’s Macondo Prospect well was a case study in how a series of small mistakes and misjudgments, when not caught in time, can snowball into a catastrophe.’
My take away from this fact based movie is that it was years of cutting corners and not one careless mistake that caused the explosion. Yes, there were a lot of “ifs” that took place that fateful day and evening….and in the end, 11 lives were lost and even more lives scarred.
Hanky alert….you might need a tissue or two.
The Captain and I also recommend this movie.
Have you been able to view either of these movies?
I would like to hear your thoughts.
Have a great week-end.