Tom Hanks’ latest outing sees him become airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger, captain of a downed US Airways flight that found surprise midwinter solace on the Hudson River.
- Who’s in it and what’s it about? -
Tom Hanks stars as Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, in the captain’s seat for January 2009 US Airways flight 1549 as it sets off from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, some 875km southwest.
Just two minutes into its journey and the Airbus’s crucial take-off course saw it fly straight into a dense flock of geese -- fatal for a good number of the migratory birds, as well as for the airplane’s engines -- but, thanks to an unconventional, unprecedented emergency landing procedure carried out by Sully, turning the craft to ditch it in the frigid Hudson River, it landed safely.
But that was only the beginning, as the plane started slowly sinking into the freezing water below; once they get out, investigators start combing Sully’s life for any trace of pilot error, and he’s no longer sure if he did the right thing.
Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner for Forrest Gump and Philadelphia is joined by Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) as co-pilot Jeff Skiles, and Laura Linney (The Big C, The Truman Show) as Sully’s wife Lorraine.
A supporting cast includes Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Sam Huntingdon (Being Human), and Ann Cusack (Nightcrawler).
- Who’s behind it? -
Clint Eastwood directs Sully, his first completed film after 2014’s Oscar-nominated American Sniper. The movie was adapted from Sullenberger’s autobiography, Highest Duty.
- Is it any good? -
Screened at Colorado’s Telluride Film Festival in the days before its general release, Sully accumulated an early 89% approval rating from reviews collated by aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, though those reviews’ average scores tallied up at 5.8/10; Metacritic’s averaging process resulted in a 73/100 score.
- When’s it out? -
Sully goes on wide release in the USA from September 9, following Telluride and an advance New York premiere on the 6th, with much of its international release also focused around the same week: Canada, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Singapore, India, Vietnam, South Africa, and Russia among included territories.
Hong Kong joins on September 15, Japan September 24, then France from November 30, Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Chile from December 1, and the UK and Ireland the next day.
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