We all know the story of how airplane Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger saved the lives of all 155 passengers on his disabled plane by landing it on the Hudson River. He was regaled a hero. In essence he was. What else would you call a man who safely landed a plane and didn’t lose a passenger? What we didn’t know was how the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) felt there was more to Sully’s water “crash” than him being labeled a hero.
“Sully”, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, delves into the unseen, unheard of interrogations that Sully and his co-captain Jeff Skiles (played by Aaron Eckhart) endured from the NTSB regarding the incident. This highly intense, enthralling film gets right into the meat of the story from the beginning and adds the backstory as it goes along. Eastwood makes it work well, depicting the actual events, from the start of the NTSB hearings to the actual water landing and rescue back to the final bits of the hearing. Hanks is overwhelmingly convincing as Sullenberger and portrays him extremely well.
In between we see how Sully, a seemingly humble, straight-and-narrow, no frills type of guy is thrust into the limelight, something you can sense he is not comfortable with.
Once he realizes the entire incident really revolves around having been in the right place at the right time, Sully and Jeff set out to prove to the NTSB that their decision to land on the Hudson may not have been the best choice for the airline or their insurance company, but it was the best choice for saving human lives.
“Sully” is a definite must-see for any Tom Hanks fan. He has become a master of the biopic and his work in “Sully” adds to the inspiration of an all ready stirring tale of survival.