Starring: Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Aaron Eckhart, Anna Gunn
I remember vividly seeing the events of January 15th 2009 unfold on television, how the brave and quick thinking of Captain Chesley Sullenberger saved the lives of the 155 passengers of US airways flight 1549 after making a water landing in the Hudson River. Now 6 years later, director Clint Eastwood brings this quite frankly remarkable story to the screen.
Tom Hank’s is impeccable, as usual, a performance that is as sympathetic, dignified and nuanced as could be expected. There is solid support from Aaron Eckhart, landing himself a role suitable of his talents after a run of truly awful films.
The film is steered with a steady and sure hand by veteran director Eastwood, handling these true life events with the requisite amount of dignity and respect for a group of truly remarkable people, not forgetting it wasn’t just Sullenberger’s quick thinking that saved lives that day but also the crew and the emergency services of New York. He has crafted an incredibly fitting and poignant tribute to their bravery and endurance.