Graduate of the US Air Force Academy, then seven years an AF pilot, then thirty years a civilian airline pilot, Chesley Sullenberger, of Swiss-German ancestry from Texas, is a real guy, and this whole heroic story is true.
At the end of the movie director Clint Eastwood then shows the real Sully, his charming and attractive wife, and the passengers at a joyful reunion.
The aborted flight was from LaGuardia airport in New York City to Charlotte, North Carolina, and 99% of the passengers and all the crew were white.
Aaron Eckart as the copilot, and Tom Hanks as the pilot do a superb job, and portray white males at their best.
90 seconds into takeoff, at merely 2,800 feet altitude and still rising, Sully lost both engines and was certain he cold not make it back to any airport. His decision, taken after 35 seconds of checks, was vindicated by scientific tests despite NTSB (National Transport Safety Board) bureaucratic harassment. All passengers survived the landing in the icy waters of New York City in January 2009, with just one woman suffering a gash on her leg. Immediately, federal bureaucrats began accusing Sully of errors, but had to retract their charges.
Clint Eastwood is simply a genius as a movie maker. Hollywood loves him because his movies all come in under budget and on-time. The reason? He is perfectly prepared to shoot every scene, and he expects every actor to “nail” his lines on the first take.
The movie is a huge success at the box office, reflecting IMO 1) the secret public hunger for white male heroes and 2) anger at government bureaucrats who dog white males who act decisively to save people.