RosieMeter: 25% Wilted wilted-white

Run time: 96 minutes

End credits: Photos of the real event are shown through the credits.


Tom Hanks plays Captain “Sully” Sullenberger with understated grace and humility, making for a very realistic telling of the true-life story about the plane that was forced to land in the Hudson River due to a bird strike. Screenwriter Todd Komarnicki uses the investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board as the villains in the story, making the investigation process a living hell for Sully and co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart). In real life, the NTSB claim their portrayal as the bad guy is completely fictional and that they had much respect for Sully and his ability to save all 155 souls on board the plane.

The most prominent female character in the film is Sully’s wife, Lorrie (Laura Linney), but she isn’t given much to do, other than talk to Sully on the phone.

The most exciting parts of the film are the landing of the plane in the river, and watching Hanks play the tension of an average man put into an extraordinary circumstance.

Score breakdown

  1. The main characters are men: 0 pts.
  2. The film includes Sully’s wife, Lorrie and the female flight attendants, but they are secondary characters: 7 pts.
  3. Sully was written and directed by men, but there is one female producer: Allyn Stewart, and two female co-producers: Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier 4pts.
  4. Quality of filmmaking: 14 pts.
  5. Does not pass the Bechdel/Wallace test: 0 pts.

RosieMeter Score: 25%



About Shanee Edwards

Shanee Edwards is a film critic, entertainment journalist and screenwriter.

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