In 2009, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger was piloting a commercial plane with 155 people on board when it hit a flock of birds shortly after take-off. Both engines failed. Sully landed the aircraft in the Hudson River. All 155 people survived. Sully checked the plane twice to make sure everyone had evacuated. He was the last person to get off. In all, the flight was 209 seconds.
It’s a pretty good story. The aftermath was pretty cool, too: Sully was thanked by George W. Bush and President Obama, who he got to meet at Obama’s inauguration. The Senate and the House of Representatives honored him. He got to throw out a first pitch at a baseball game, he got a standing ovation at the Super Bowl, he got a hometown ceremony, and the library even waived his overdue fines. He wrote a book, he was hired as an aviation expert on CBS, and he even became a spokesman for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
That’s awesome, but there’s no movie in that. A movie needs conflict. A movie needs emotional torment. A movie needs villains.
Here’s the trailer for Sully, which basically turns a heroic moment into a sequel to Denzel Washington’s Flight, complete with people second-guessing him and accusing him of drinking.
Clint Eastwood directs here with all the subtlety of an axe.