Four brilliant films about aviation you have to watch!
Sully (Miracle on the Hdmudson) (2016)
Autobiography movie, based on the true story of US Airways flight no 1549, which took off on 15 January 2009 from LaGuardia airport in New York and made a forced landing after 20 minutes. The flight consisted of 150 passengers and a five-cabin crew, including pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullen Berger over 40 years old commercial pilot with nearly 20,000 flying hours with the co-pilot Jiff Skiles, who had recently completed his training hours on the Airbus A320. The flight had to take 2 hours, after taking off birds hit the airplane, engines catched fire and shut down. Sully and the co-pilot tried to restart the engines with no success, he contacted LaGuardia to clear both runways for an emergency landing: “We’re turning back towards LaGuardia.”, Sully said. Sully began to think about his choices and realized that it isn’t possible to return to LaGuardia anymore. A few seconds later, he got a response: „Cactus 1549, turn right two eight zero. You can land Runway 1 at Teterboro.”, but also this wasn’t possible. During the incidents of the film, we can see how he is trying to save the passengers’ lives in a very wise and courageous manner.
The film was produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, written by Todd Komarnicki, acted by Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, and Jamey Sheridan in 2016. The movie was released in the US by Warner Bros and it was selected as one of the ten best films by The American Film Institute and National Board of Review and it received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Editing at the 89th Academy Awards.
One of the unforgotten films, not only because of the creative act of Denzel Washington but also the existence of this character everywhere, the alcoholic and drug-addicted. The most attractive things in this film are that we don’t see an addicted gangster or one of an addicted family, instead we see a well-educated and smart man, who gets high qualifications and his job entrusted him on people’s lives. In the first scene, we see William “Whip” Whitaker hardly waking up in a hotel room after a dead drunk night to aviate from Orlando to Atlanta, before going out of his room he sniffed out cocaine to wake. Captain Whitaker took off with a plane model JR 88 which is an innovative model for the film, the plane faced a terrifying bumpiness but Whitaker crosses it. Then he gives the pilotage to his assistance and slips away to drink alcohol and sleep instead of preparing food. The plane gets a mechanical failure and starts to fall. During this incident, we see his perfectness as a pilot and great efforts to save the passengers’ lives.
The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by John Gatins and produced by Denzel Washington, Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Steve Starkey, Zemeckis, and Jack Rapke. The film appeared on multiple critics’ year-end top ten lists and received multiple accolades and nominations from various organizations, including two nominations for Best Actor (Washington) and Best Original Screenplay (Gatins) at the 85th Academy Awards.
The Aviator (2004)
An American autobiography dramatic movie, its story is about the true story of one of the pioneers of aviation Howard Hughes, who has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He got huge wealth from his father, from the 20‘s to 1947 he became a successful producer and a significant sign in the aviation world. After directing his movie “Hell’s Angels”, the most expensive movie ever made, he was still unsatisfied until he converted it to a sound film. Then he fell in love with Katharine Hepburn, who helped him relax the symptoms of his worsening obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He started buying his own airline and designing aircraft. In 1935 he tried flying with an H-1 Racer. He broke a record by flying around the world in four days. In the mid-1940‘s, he made two projects with The Army Air Forces, one of them for use in World War II. In 1947 Hughes finishes the XF-11 reconnaissance aircraft and takes it for a test flight. During this, one of the two engines failed and the aircraft crashed.
The film was directed by Martin Scorsese in 2004, written by John Logan, with the stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, and Kate Beckinsale.
Top Gun (1986)
Navy pilot Pete Maverick Mitchell and Nick Goose Bradshaw are sent to attend Top Gun, the advanced Navy flight school after Maverick intercepted some enemy aircraft. At a bar, the day before Top Gun starts, Maverick tries and fails to pick up Charlotte Charlie Blackwood and finds out that she is actually a Top Gun instructor. During training, Maverick defeats the instructor Jester but his reckless flying gets him reprimanded by the chief instructor Viper. Maverick also develops a rivalry with another student nicknamed iceman, who thinks Maverick is too dangerous, but with time everything changes. Through practice, maverick begins to see the value of teamwork. During a competition, Maverick and Goose’s plane go into a spin and unexpected events happen. Then you can see how his life and his relationship with Viper changes.
Top Gun was released on 16 May 1986, directed by Tony Scott, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The film stars are Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt.