Sandy Kenyon reviews 'Sully,' story of the Miracle on the Hudson

Friday, September 9, 2016
Review of 'Sully', story of Miracle on the Hudson
Sandy Kenyon has the review.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The Miracle on the Hudson, when Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger safely landed his disabled US Airways Plane on the Hudson River on a frigid day in January of 2009, was a sight that was hard to believe whether you saw it on TV or with your own eyes.

Now, the story of that remarkable emergency landing and the events that followed it are headed to the big screen with Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks at the helm.

Every New Yorker should see "Sully," which celebrates one man's heroism and how the best of our city came to help him.

It is a story close to most of our hearts already, how the veteran captain stayed so cool under pressure after multiple bird strikes following takeoff from LaGuardia Airport.

And who better to play the hero than Hanks? But even the star wondered if the story was perhaps too familiar.

"We all knew that he did it, OK, that's great," Hanks said. "The thing that was eye-opening. I couldn't believe it. I had the 'optical poptitude' of it was everything that happened afterwards. I did not know."

Sully himself says viewers should pay special attention to what happened after he landed safely and the cheers of a grateful public faded away.

Government investigators are the villains here, even though Sully holds no grudge.

"They were doing their jobs, and important jobs," he said. "But that still didn't make it any easier to go through those many months without knowing what the outcome would be."

And what made it especially hard was the post traumatic stress disorder he suffered.

Eastwood pays special tribute to the city's first responders, and he even used some of the real people who came to the rescue that day.

"The New York first responders are a big part of this story," he said.

His film is the rest of the story, of true heroism told tight and taut.

"Sully" was made using specially-designed cameras that make the movie much more exciting when seen on a giant IMAX screen. To see it that way costs a little bit extra, but in this case, more money means a better experience.