In its matter-of-fact approach, the true story of Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenburger and his landing of flight 1549 from New York to Charlotte in the Hudson River is the better for it.
In his best performance in years, Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan, Bridge of Spies) quietly portrays the modest hero whilst director Clint Eastwood (American Sniper, Gran Torino) avoids sensationalism, histrionics or overt emotion. The plane crash-lands, all 155 passengers and crew are saved, the media elevate Sully into a hero: and the National Transportation Safety Board (NSTB) look to finding human error (i.e. Sully) as the cause.
A solid cast includes Aaron Eckhart (Erin Brokovich, The Dark Knight) and Laura Linney (Nocturnal Animals, Mystic River) but this is Hanks’ film all the way.