On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) tries to make an emergency landing in New York's Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public...more
On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) tries to make an emergency landing in New York's Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite the accolades, the famed pilot now faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation. less
“Sully's powerful narration will engulf you throughout its runtime, take the ride!”
Exciting film based on a real incident which happened in America in 2009, then called " a miracle on the Hudson river" which it was. Leave it to good old veteran Tom Hanks to get into trouble whether getting shipwrecked on an island ( Castaway) or being attacked by pirates on high seas ( Captain Phillips) or getting stranded at London airport home less for days (Terminal). He again gives a sterling performance as always in this film where he plays a pilot of a US Airways passenger plane which unluckily flies into a flock of birds after taking off with the result that both engines are damaged and stop working. Without any engines thrust he has few precious seconds to decide course of action. He finds he has no option but to land on Hudson river ahead. He does manage to land the plane on water and due to swift rescue work by authorities all 155 passengers are saved. In the eyes of the Americans he is hailed as a hero having saved many lives but the incident investigating team has a different view in the mandatory inquiry which follows.The film has some interesting scenes of pilot's interrogation by a team on the sequence of events leading to the disaster. When told that such a landing was unprecedented Captain Sully says "it remains unprecedented till it happens the first time". Director Clint Eastwood makes the movie interesting enough for the audience without going over the top with hysterics or melodrama and he has extracted a good performance from Tom Hanks. The movie is well photographed with some realistic visuals of the plane floating in the water while rescue work is in progress. Tom Hanks lives of the role of a senior pilot with 42 years of flying experience who has this unfortunate experience. The director very effectively brings out his inner turmoil of Sully in this paradoxical situation where simultaneously he is being called a hero in the public domain and also facing a not so sympathetic inquiry team at the same time. All pilots will identify with his predicament.