Movie of the week: Sully

After the trailer for Sully had us on the edge of our seats a few months back, we've been dying to see Clint Eastwood's new film, based on the true story of Captain Sullenberger and the 2009 'Miracle on the Hudson'.

Taking off from LaGuardia airport on a seemingly normal January afternoon, an Airbus 320, carrying 155 passengers, hit a huge flock of birds immediately blowing both engines. Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks) and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (played by Aaron Eckhart) had mere seconds to come up with a plan, while the plane swiftly dropped in airspeed and altitude. Sully calmly states 'we may end up in the Hudson'. 

Somehow, pulling off something no other pilot has done, Sully managed to land the plane in the Hudson River, saving all 155 passengers. However, even as he was being called a hero worldwide, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and career.

Sully not only perfectly encompasses the sheer terror of those on board, showing different families and swiftly sending us into tears as the flight attendants yell 'brace', Hanks also does an incredible job of playing Captain Sullenberger, while Eastwood's directing was nothing short of brilliant. 

A must-see on the big screen, out in cinemas nationwide on Thursday the 8th of September.