On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger 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.
Once again, Clint Eastwood delivers another ‘American Hero’ story with practiced ease. Truly and extraordinary story, our hero has to undergo the wrath of the insurance and investigation panel who’re there to find fault even in the most heroic of endeavours.
Like American Sniper, it’s a somewhat sugared depiction with plenty of ‘feel-good’ factor, but that’s what Eastwood delivers so well and Tom Hanks serves up with practiced ease.
Verdict: A stylish, entertaining and sleek American-hero story with all the usual whistles and bells ***
This film will be shown at The Harbour Club, Portscatho on Monday 17th April