Director: Clint Eastwood
Release date: September 9, 2016
Stars: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Anna Gunn, Mike O’Malley, Laura Linney
Text: Jennifer Britt Lundberg Hansen
On January 15th, 2009, Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberg (Tom Hanks) decided that the best way to land a plane without working engines, was on the Hudson River. Sully (2016) focuses mainly on the consequences of that decision.
Upon leaving New York, US Airways flight 1549 had 155 passengers – all of which survived. After a flock of geese crippled both engines, Sully and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) had to act instinctively in order to land the plane safely. With the nearest airport too far away, Sully ultimately makes the decision to land on the Hudson River.
Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberg (Tom Hanks) is seen as a hero by most people, yet to others he is a bad decision-maker. In this film, we see what went on behind the scenes with the media and other lesser known investigations, showing us what happened to both Sully and Jeff in the aftermath. There is also great detail of the actual event which, shot from different points of view, creates for a very suspenseful film.
Clint Eastwood handles this biographical drama very well. Surprisingly, the back-and-forth style he chose to use, worked. Accompanied by great performances, audio and visual effects, and a neat screenplay, this film is worth a watch. From beginning to end, it is filled with much excitement.