Viewed – 18 April 2017 online rental
Tom Hanks is surely one of the most dependable and talented actors of his generation and for me, always an appealing prospect whenever he’s in a movie. Something about him is just so likeable and relatable and he’s very much not your typical Hollywood star. He’s like someone you feel you know. So we come to his latest effort. Overseen by the acclaimed directing talent of the legendary Clint Eastwood, this tells the true story of a freak accident that lead to a plane having to land in the Hudson River in the middle of New York City in 2009.
With an interesting, non-linear structure (the movie opens after the landing and flashes back to the day in question several times) Tom Hanks plays airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger (aka Sully) who is immediately faced with suspicion and attempts at being discredited for his actions by the airline and investigating parties, despite being heralded a hero by the public and media. A very simple story at it’s heart held together by solid performances including Aaron Echhart and especially Hanks who’s plight I believed in and felt every emotion, doubt and uncertainty conveyed. Eastwood builds tension and delivers a gently told but emotional story with great moments of drama from the actors and when we finally get to see how things occurred it’s pretty damn scary … especially for someone like me who’s never been on a plane.
It ends a little abruptly but that’s nit-picking for what is otherwise a well told, very well acted and powerful dramatisation of a remarkable incident. A must for fans of Tom Hanks and anyone who enjoys gripping true stories.
Verdict: 4 /5
You’re right about Hanks being a likeable actor- with a certain personna that runs through his films. He reminds me very much of the great Jack Lemmon in that respect. I’ve mentioned before on my blog that Hanks would make an outstanding Bond villain. It would be brilliant casting against type and possibly shockingly successful. If only!