If you are looking for a movie to watch this weekend, then look no further. Although Hell or High Water would be an excellent choice, my first choice would be Sully. It is hard to image that Clint Eastwood could have made a better film about "The Miracle On the Hudson" or its pilot, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger.
On January 15th, 2009. US Airways Flight 1549 Airbus A320-214 took of from New York's LaGuardia airport. Three minutes into the flight, the plane struck a flock of Canada geese and lost power in both engines. Four minutes later Captain Sullenberger managed to safely land the plane in the Hudson River. Fast response by nearby ships and local rescue forces helped save the passengers and crew.
The film focusses heavily on the investigations conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board, which initially tried to blame Captain Sullenberger for not returning the plane to the airport. Meanwhile, the press and the general public were treating Sullenberger as a hero. Tom Hanks does a marvelous job playing "Sully" as a man conflicted after the crash.
News stories that gain national attention like this one become part of our national identity. As a result, we feel connected to these events. Therefore it is easy to feel connected to the film, just like watching moviess about 9-11. These kinds of films are moving, and I am glad that Clint Eastwood did such a good job on this one.
Compared to Hell or High Water, which is so negative in its view of America, it is nice to get an uplifting film about an American hero who saved the lives of 155 people just by doing his job to the best of his ability.
Rating: * * * *