‘I have been flying for over four decades and I am being judged for the last 208 seconds’ – It’s a line (well not exactly, but something to that effect, IMDB doesn’t have the quotes section up yet) from the movie and it pretty much sums up Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger’s ‘miracle’ landing of US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson on 15 January 2009.
Plot and Script
Sully, played by Tom Hanks makes a human decision relying on his vast experience and lands a plane of 155 people on the Hudson, making it the first flights to survive a water landing with all lives intact. The movie is about viewpoints – of the pilots (Aaron Eckhart plays the co-pilot), of the passengers, and of the investigating officers of the safety board. It shows what happened during the flight, after it landed and the investigation where the pilots were scrutinized for their decision as the simulations said that they could have gone back to LaGuardia and landed.
Considering it is a true incident and everybody survived, this film is dead serious and comes straight to the point. Simulations can predict scenarios to a certain extent but they don’t and cant predict how humans will react in a certain situation. How can one judge a person in a few seconds when they have a lifetime of experience with no incidents? That’s the question the film tries to ask