Tom Hanks stars in this heroic telling of US Airlines pilot Chelsey (Sully) Sullenberger who on January 15, 2009 struck an errant flock of Canada Geese. These avian intruders from the great white north rendered Sully’s plane lifeless and it took all of Sully’s pilot mojo to gracefully glide the jet onto the frigid surface of the Hudson river, saving 155 terrified human souls in the process.
But even heroes must endure the scrutiny of an unbridled Federal bureaucracy. Sully, the movie, tells this story and with Tom Hanks in the cockpit, it does so on a level that borders on cinema gold. Because in this film Tom Hanks doesn’t just play Sully, he becomes Sully. And for one hour and thirty six minutes, you believe in the deepest reaches of your heart and mind that there has somehow been a melding of mortal mettle. That Tom Hanks and Sully have magically merged into a god-like super-human riddled with prowess and powerlessness simultaneously.
This film is rated PG-13 for some peril and brief strong language.