Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Jer Reads: Sully

A "Fun Fact" about me is that I"m fascinated by plane crashes. Whenever a big one takes place, I follow the story very closely. So when a plane crashed into New York City's Hudson River on January 15th, 2009, needless to say, I was captivated! 

When I found out that a movie about it, starring Tom Hanks was being made, I was so excited. Despite the exsistence of a movie, I decided to do the opposite of what I did a couple of times in high school, read the book instead of watching the film.

I've heard nothing but good things about Sully the movie, but I'm here to tell you that the book wasn't that good. I was expecting it to be about the flight, the crash and events afterwards but it was more of an autobiography. The first half of the book was mostly about his life leading up to the Miracle On The Hudson. I don't need to know that his dad built his childhood home by hand or what the Air Force Academy was like. I found myself skipping over pages and entire chapters to get to the main event. It was like waiting through the lame opening act at a concert before your favourite band headlines. The chunk of the book about the flight was terrific, as it was thrilling to read about his quick reaction to the situation (it was only 3 minutes from the bird strike to the Hudson River) and how he pulled off the only water landing ever where no one died.

In conclusion, go see the movie. The popcorn is delicious!
- Jeremy

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