Tom Hanks explores the drama and trauma of being a hero in 'Sully'
LOS ANGELES – When a US Airways pilot landed a damaged plane in the Hudson River in the middle of winter, saving all 155 people on board, he was immediately hailed a hero - but even heroes can be crumbling on the inside."Sully," directed by Clint Eastwood and out in theaters on Friday, follows the immediate aftermath of the extraordinary events on Jan. 15, 2009 that saw Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger land the plane on the Hudson after the Airbus A320-214's two engines were destroyed by a flock of birds. Following the landing, Sully, played by Tom Hanks, and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) faced a lengthy National Transportation Safety Board investigation, which tried to determine whether Sully and Skiles had made an error and thus, put both their long-standing reputations at risk. The film spotlights the post-traumatic stress disorder that Sully faces as the world around him hails him as a hero. He struggles through vivid nightmares reliving different versions of the event where the plane crashes into New York buildings, an image that brings to mind the tragedy of 9/11.
Actor Aaron Eckhart (L), Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger (2nd L), director Clint Eastwood (2nd R), and actor Tom Hanks (R) attend the New York premiere of the film 'Sully' in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 6, 2016.REUTERS/Darren Ornitz