Sunday, April 16, 2017

"Sully", the film

This film was watched here yesterday.  For the most part it was an unremarkable film but good enough to sit through.  What was most interesting was the way that the National Transportation Safety Board(NTSB) questioned Chesley Sullenberger about the flight, suggesting emphatically that he had the capacity to reach either LaGuardia or Teterboro rather that land on the Hudson.  While the NTSB disputes that account, the film unequivocally shows hostile bureaucrats berating the hero pilot for his actions.

Ultimately Sully is vindicated, but not before being put through significant stress and uncertainty.  As a family man with bills to pay and not exactly a perfect marriage as this is presented, it is a difficult time for him that the world could not see. What is noteworthy about this is that the film was released in September 2016, two months before the election.  Government bureaucracy was depicted as the villain in the film.  A producer of the film was Steve Mnuchin, at the time Trump's fundraiser and now the Secretary of the Treasury.

Is this all just a coincidence?   Who knows...

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