Back in January 15, 2009, something incredible happened when US Airways Captain Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger was able to successfully land his disabled Airbus A320 plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers aboard. The story created quite a lot of publicity for the incredible skills of its pilot to land the plane in such difficult circumstances and for a period of time turned him into a mini-celebrity. However, as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding in the background that was threatening to destroy his reputation and his career. So what are we to do with this type of story?
Make a movie of course, because that’s what the world really trusts. And we have none other bringing this incredible story to us than the remarkable pairing of Oscar winners director Clint Eastwood and actor Tom Hanks. That last sentence alone should normally justify a reason to view this film, but if you needed another, here is its first official trailer:
The trailer seems to hit all the typical emotional points and provides a good background for the story. The trailer focuses more on the aspects of the plane crash – which certainly looks well shot – and less on the performances of the cast. I have no doubt that we will have a solid drama with this one though, given the talent on hand.
Sully also stars Aaron Eckhart as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Laura Linney as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger. The film is based on a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki and based on the book ‘Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters’, by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.
No word on when we will be seeing this in local cinemas yet, though it is being released in the US on September 9.
Last Updated: July 1, 2016