Warning: spoiler alert!
On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) tries to make an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite the accolades, the famed pilot now faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation.
I’ve watched hundreds of movies and consider myself an avid movie-goer. So when I saw the movie poster, Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, saw it was a true story, and its high rating on Rotten Tomatoes, my instincts were telling me it was going to be awesome. There was no question about whether or not I was going to watch this 😁
I enjoyed how the movie didn’t go in chronological order. Instead, it was broken up into five parts:
- Post-crash: the day after and the beginning of the investigation
- 1st half of incident: take off up until crash
- Continued story and investigation
- 2nd half of incident: crash and rescue
- Continued story, the final public hearing, and the revisit of the flight audio recording