The Reel Review


Even at age 86, Clint Eastwood can still direct the hell out of a film and get moviegoers’ emotions churning. This time it’s the true story of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the US Airways pilot who, in January 2009, steered his jet to a miraculous landing on New York’s Hudson River after losing both engines in a bird strike. Tom Hanks’ equally outstanding performance as our no-nonsense captain helps keep the biopic aloft, even when the drier parts (namely, the first half’s snoozy NTSB investigation of the crash) threatens to sink it. This was a tricky story to make fill an hour and a half, and it is done about as well as can be expected. And make no mistake – the climax of the film, the big crash, is a harrowing, must see moment. Stay for the credits.

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