8 Sep 2016
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Question for Aviation experts here (The Birds)
Are Birds really still a huge issue for flying or was what happen just a fluke? I imagine with all the new Technology it wouldn’t be that big of a deal anymore
No, not statistically impossible and not unprecedented before or since. Birds tend to fly in flocks so multiple strikes are not uncommon
Yes, airplane engines have to survive certain sizes and numbers of bird strikes and produce a minimum percentage of power for a certain length of time. The birds that took out 1549 were larger than the engines had been certified for and the engines each sucked down a few of them. A human being will definitely destroy an engine.
The Flight Simulations Scene.. Really?
Did the NTSB / Airbus really base their findings after getting hit with birds they immediately should have turned back to the airport? Without calling MAYDAY or asking the ATC Towers for clearance? Not to mention trying to restart the engines.
Even watching it, before Sully even replied back I was saying to myself it took them a few minutes to decide if they should even land the plane and if so where.
Was that tension just added for the movie? Or did they really waste that time and money trying to discredit the flight crew so the manufacturer didn’t look liable?
Clint Eastwood continues to deliver awesome movies
Yes, there’s not a lot going in the movie. There is the incident and certain events that followed.
But to craft that into a movie as gripping as this one was certainly because of Clint Eastwood’s pure talent. And I think it was a good call to shoot it almost fully on IMAX.
I agree and enjoyed it.
It seemed like a short movie to me, but the editing and Eastwood’s direction made an impact with storytelling.
Oscar nomination for Tom Hanks?
Those who have seen the film: can you see it happening? Will Hanks get his sixth Oscar nomination for Sully?
how did it not sink?
a plane must be like 2000 pounds. how the hell would it not sink within seconds?
It didn’t break apart when it landed, so I imagine there was still a lot of air still trapped in the airtight holds – enough to keep it afloat.
Crash Landing scenes
Crash landing rescue scenes were filmed at the same Hudson River location where the actual survivors were recovered.
When Sully is jogging through Time Square, signs referencing other Clint Eastwood projects, Gran Torino and Jersey Boys are visible.
“Miracle on the Hudson”
The film is based on the autobiography, “Highest Duty” that was co-written by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow, about the safe landing of US Airways Flight 1549 known as “Miracle on the Hudson”, that occurred on Thursday, January 15th, 2009. The airplane lost engine power, after hitting a flock of Canada Geese during climb-out at approximately 2800ft AGL and 200 Nautical Miles Per Hour. Each of the two engines ingested at least two Canada Geese (avg weight between 7-10lbs.) and neither engine was able to produce sufficient thrust to sustain flight afterwards. Capt Sullenberger was able to ditch the aircraft in the Hudson River, resulting in the survival of all on board.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Eastwood has delivered a no-frills affair, almost to a fault. A brisk 96 minutes, the movie is workmanlike in its approach, yet still manages to be stirring thanks to the subject matter.(Click here to see)