Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney
Country of Origin: USA 2016 96 mins. (12A)
Released by Warner Bros
Tom Hanks plays 'Sully' Sullenberger, the 'miracle of the Hudson' with consummate ease, in a well made routine audience pleaser that pitches 'them' against a national hero whose skill and quick thinking saved 155 lives.
On 15th January 2009, Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger landed disabled US Airways Flight 1549 in the middle of the Hudson River and 155 passengers were safely evacuated in 24 minutes. Sullenberger, the hero of the Hudson, would undergo an intensive and invasive investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board that put his reputation and career at risk - had multiple bird strikes disabled both engines or could Flight 1549 have made LaGuardia or Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. It was flight simulations and computer analysis versus Sully Sullenberger's cool headed, experience based,quick decision land on the Hudson. Eastwood ratchets up the tension with a 'them and us' scenario -nasty Charles Porter (Mike O'Malley) the lead investigator and his team of inquisitors against the peoples's hero and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart). What turned a routine flight from LaGuardia to Charlotte Douglas Airport, North Carolina into a near disaster land on the Hudson River?
To ramp up the tension even more the superbly constructed Hudson white knuckle landing is revisited many times, a dream sequence suggesting a 9/11 scenario if the plane had returned to LaGuardia is slotted in and Sully's wife Lorraine (Laura Linney) remains at home in ultra worried, OTT anguish mode while he's stuck in a bland New York hotel. Tom Hanks face says it all, Sully Sullenberger, the ordinary man who did the extraordinary but never wanted to be a hero.