Release Date: 14 December 2016
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney
Tom Hanks and planes are never a good mix. Having crashed into the Pacific in Cast Away and squatted at JFK airport in The Terminal, the actor’s latest aviation-themed role sees him guiding a disabled US Airways jet into New York’s Hudson River as real-life Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger. The story made headlines in 2009, when Sully successfully achieved a “water landing” (not a crash) after a bird strike destroyed both engines of the plane at low altitude, making a landing at nearby LaGuardia Airport impossible. The 155 people onboard emerged unscathed and Sully was declared a hero. That’s what we saw on the news but there was more to the story, and director Clint Eastwood’s film delves into the investigation that followed the incident, where Sully’s actions are called into question. As the humble hero who insists he was simply doing his job, Hanks is perfectly cast, and Eastwood presents a straightforward version of the story that’s solely concerned with the facts. Moreover, Sully celebrates its eponymous hero and the “Miracle on the Hudson” without the descent into sentiment that tends to clog inspiring true stories.