I am a huge fan of both Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood. I make a point of seeing every film that either man is part of. Hanks has defined himself as the consummate people’s actor, and Eastwood was already an acting legend when he turned to becoming a directing legend. So to pair the two men seems like a match made in movie heaven. Yet when I saw the trailers and found out the subject of their film together was the emergency landing of a passenger airliner on the Hudson in New York, I wondered what the movie could possibly tell me that I didn’t already know from the news.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) was just another airline pilot when on January 15th, 2009 he found his plane in trouble and had to land the plane loaded with 155 people into the frigid waters of the Hudson River in New York. The media heralded Sully as a hero but the story behind the scenes just adds to the incredible story.
Sully really took me by surprise mainly for the reason that I was totally unaware that there was quite an investigation into the landing on the Hudson. Of course I figured there was an investigation but since there was really no news coverage of it, I figured it went smoothly and Sully just went on to be the hero he was. But it turns out that not only was there an investigation, but that investigation was hell bent on blaming Sully for the crash and telling him it could have been avoided. As the film delves into the investigation and the veteran pilot’s journey to clear his name, it gets more and more fascinating and exposes so much story that I had no idea even occurred. Hanks is fantastic in the real life role of Sully and further cementing his status as the kind of the every man actors. And Eastwood’s direction is precise, evenly paced and wholly confident. Sully was much more of a movie than I thought it was going to be and highly recommended.