I think it’s safe to say that everyone here at Huntington University, both faculty and staff, is old enough to remember the Miracle on the Hudson. But what most people don’t know is the aftermath of the event.
Clint Eastwood’s 35th directorial film shows you the story of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and First Officer Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) who were on trial by the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB conducted twenty flight simulations regarding the scenario of US Airways Flight 1549, and resulted in successful landings. Sully and Skiles struggle to persuade the NTSB to understand human error and instinct.
The film contains some dark moments and dark humor such as nightmares of not landing in the Hudson to creating a drink in Sully’s honor involving Grey Goose and “a splash of water” (think about it).
I found it rather touching during the end credits when they showed real footage of the miracle landing, the recovering of the wreck and the reunion between the passengers and crew at the Carolinas Aviation Museum where the plane from Flight 1549 now rests.
Tom Hanks has made a number of wonderful performances in the world of film from “A League of Their Own” to “Forrest Gump” to “Toy Story.” But never have I seen a performance like this. I believe Tom Hanks delivered his best performance ever as Sully. I also believe that Clint Eastwood has made his best film yet. I hold these two and everyone else involved in the making of this film to the highest regard, as this film was that incredible.
Gus Gigous is a freshman film production major. This review reflects the views of the author only.