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Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 paws


Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, FilmNation Entertainment, Flashlight Films and The Kennedy/Marshall Company present a PG-13, 95 minute, Biography, Drama, directed by Clint Eastwood, screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the book “Highest Duty” by Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger with a theater release date of September 9, 2016.


Have you ever had a nightmare? Well that is the life of Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) ever since their forced water landing of flight 1549 U.S. Airways, January 15, 2009 on the Hudson River in New York. Sully a father of two daughters and husband to Lorraine (Laura Linney) has already been flying thousands of flights for forty two years but when he and his crew encounter a bird strike while shortly taking off from LaGuardia headed to Charlotte all rule books are out the window and experience and knowledge take over at 2800 feet with dual engine failure.

Known to the world as the “Miracle on the Hudson” most people and press referred to Sully as a hero but what they did not know is that the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) was conducting an investigation as of why he choose to land in the Hudson rather than return to LaGuardia or head towards New Jersey and possibly Newark Airport. The NTSB was conducting simulation flights with other pilots and argued that the plane could have landed safely at LaGuardia but Sully and Jeff argued to differ that there was no way to get the height needed to clear obstacles like buildings and innocent lives on land. That day 155 lives were saved and although they had to bare 36 degree water temperatures for what may have seemed like hours but was really minutes they all got to live another day and appreciate the friendships and bonds made on that day.

Flight 1549 is definitely one for the books to consider human emotions and error into the equations when figuring out what went wrong. That day was not a rule book nor a video game and next time you hear those words ‘this is your Captain speaking’ you just better listen and take his advice especially one with the knowledge and experience as Sully, older, wiser and thankfully calm in a time of disaster.

Eastwood once again knocks one out of the park as the director of this true event that I remember well but can’t believe that was back in 2009 since it seems like just a couple years ago. He really brings this story to life making it the perfect length with the right amount of footage used to build up the audience anticipation of the water landing on the Hudson. Watching several special effect scenarios during the film of what could have happened brought tears to my eyes not only due to watching the 155 lives on that plane that day but also of the horrific events during 9/11. The writing is brilliant and even though they don’t develop the surviving supporting characters much it does not matter because once again Hanks controls this superb story. Eckhart, Linney among several other supporting characters and extra’s brought sub-stories to the film and the veins but it is truly the blood of Hanks that keeps the film alive and breathing from start to finish. Even though most everyone knows the outcome of that day that should not stop you from seeing this remarkable film which I guarantee at times will have you breathless and yet inspired by the good intentions and outreaching of the human spirit while also making it known that no matter who you are in life you are still only human.

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