The tale of "Sully", Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in 2009, saving the lives of the 155 people on board.
Up front I will say that I loved this film, it had me at hello because the direction was amazing. They took the story and turned it into small pieces that were unfolded throughout the film.
Oh, and that direction was overseen by the steely gaze and attention to detail of one Clint Eastwood. I admit that I should have known it was his work, he has a distinct style and I fell right into the story.
You don't see the crash-landing up front but the authorities talk about it extensively. The actual water landing comes towards the end of the film.
What you do see are the authorities who appear to be setting out to blame Sully for the whole mess. The term witch-hunt springs to mind.
And, it made me very uncomfortable and annoyed that Sully (played by Hanks) and his co-pilot Jeff (Aaron Eckhart) do not appear to be successful in convincing the authorities that what Sully did was the only way out of his mid air situation.
When Sully is presented with the most blatant false information about the crash he finally speaks up and asks the simple question "Now can we talk about the facts?" And, he questions the investigation panel about their test data which reveals that they had not tested at the altitude and speed that Sully had had to use in the emergency. So, this attempt to demean both Sully and Jeff did not eventuate.
Eastwood was quite open about the script because he could not find an Antagonist. So, he simply made the investigation panel the big bads of the film but not for that long, they are redeemed eventually. That's Hollywood.
The investigation went on for 18 months into whether Sully could have gotten the plane back to the airport. The final result was that he chose what was appropriate at the time.
Jeff's final quote is fabulous "They were playing PACMAN, you were flying a plane full of humans."
All I can say is watch Sully, it's worth the time spent and Hanks, Eckhart and the two air hostesses play their parts amazingly well.
The film earned approximately $238mil at the Box Office and their production costs were $60mil. Again, unsure why this little gem of a film didn't earn more money.