GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - This January marks eight years since a U.S. Airways flight went down, after it flew into a flock of geese that damaged both engines.
It could have been a deadly disaster. Instead, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger safely landed the crippled airbus A320 in New York's frigid Hudson River. All 155 passengers and crew made it off the plane alive. That moment is the inspiration for the new movie "Sully," opening in theaters this weekend. Tim Lammers gives us a look at this much-anticipated film.
"Sully" (PG-13) 3 1/2 stars (out of 4)
Clint Eastwood masterfully tells the story of the “Miracle on the Hudson” and it’s surprising aftermath in “Sully,” a compelling drama that chronicles the events surrounding Sullenberger’s daring and unprecedented landing of an A320 airbus on the Hudson River in New York City on Jan. 15, 2009.
Hanks is perfectly suited to play the hero in “Sully,” as he nails the quite demeanor and humility of the famed pilot who maintains a respect for the NTSB despite its intense scrutiny of the events surround the splash landing. Eastwood, however, is the true star of “Sully.” He recreates the crippled Flight 1549 with gripping suspense (amazing, considering we all know the outcome), and his subtle direction defines the inspirational tone of the film, which ultimately gives it its emotional lift.
Read Tim Lammers interview with "Sully" co-star Aaron Eckhart on DirectConversations.com.