Wednesday, September 7, 2016


In the days following his January 2009 daring and unconventional landing of a US Airways commercial flight on the Hudson River, Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) ambles around Manhattan stupefied at his newfound fame while reliving the incident in his head before answering questions from an inane investigation committee fueled by hindsight. Clint Eastwood’s take on the Miracle on the Hudson is quiet and reflective with a well-cast Hanks in an inward looking lead performance. Still there is absolutely no dramatic pull, a pointless and clumsy plot structure, and typical carelessness towards casting by the director all resulting in something resembling a rushed network movie of the week. For a better treatment of a similar subject (which was likely inspired by this event) see Flight.
** out of ****