Everything You Need to Know About: ‘Sully’

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The Oscar-winning actor is back with another harrowing story based on actual events.

This weekend, the Clint Eastwood-helmed Sully soars into theaters offering a dramatization of the “Miracle on the Hudson” and the investigation that followed. So, if you’re in the mood to see Tom Hanks tackle a new meaty role, we’ve got all the important details!

Who’s in it?

The supporting cast is loaded with some of Hollywood’s most respected thespians including Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn and more.

What’s it about?

On Jan. 15, 2009, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger somehow landed an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River after the plane experienced dual engine failure when it collided with a flock of geese. Sullenberger managed to save the lives of all 155 passengers and crew on board, but afterwards he was hounded by journalists and investigators who didn’t believing his story.

Why should I care?

Although this is a pretty dry topic, Eastwood and Hanks are veterans when it comes to delivering remarkable stories. Moreover, Hanks is a leading man for the ages and he always manages to deliver, regardless of the material.

Here’s what critics are saying:

Sully remains an impressive achievement, a portrait of a good man whose heroism lay in having the right stuff and knowing how to use it during a small eternity of looming chaos and unprecedented peril.”

-Joe Morgenstern [Wall Street Journal]

Sully is the kind of film that may be described as old-fashioned and never goes out of style.”

-Calvin Wilson [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

“Like Sully, Hanks makes the impossible seem effortless. Listen up, Oscar. Hanks and director Eastwood deserve the three words Sully prizes most: Job well done.”

-Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]

“The event itself remains a stunner, but Clint Eastwood’s somewhat drab drama sheds no new light on the media-shy pilot.”

-Rafer Guzman [Newsday]