Release Year: 2016
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Todd Komarnicki (screenplay), Chesley Sullenberger (based on his book Highest Duty), Jeffrey Zaslow (based on his book Highest Duty)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan, Mike O’Malley, Chris Bauer, Ann Cusack
Rating: Nominated for 1 Oscar: Best Sound Editing.
The real-life story of pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberg’s miraculous emergency landing of a damaged passanger plane on the Hudson River in order to save the passengers and crew.
I bet most people who were old enough in 2009 remember the miraculous emergency landing on the Hudson River, and it is the sort of positive story that Hollywood loves to adapt and we love to watch. Eastwood (Gran Torino, 2008) seems to have developed a liking for real-life stories and combined with the ability of Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies, 2015) to portray reluctant everyday heroes, the two make up a dream team to bring this story, and above all the character of Sully, to life. Hanks is helped along by Eckhart (Thank You for Smoking, 2005) as Sully’s co-pilot whose certainty of their actions helps to support Sully as investegators begin to question whether his high risk heroics were actually necessary. Sully is pressured by his sudden fame and the pressure he faces from the investigation, but all throughout he has an air of total professionalism and calm; just a the sort of man you want to fly a passanger plane in a crisis. Another very important aspect of the film that must not be ignored is the emergency landing itself, which is one of the best I have seen on film. Because of the clever way the narrative is put together, we get to see it several times, from different vantage points and every emotional angle is covered without it ever being overdone. A very well made film with great performances that is captivating and thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended.
Ferry captain ince Lombardi was the first responder to reach the airplane on the Hudson. He plays himself in the film.