Release date:September 9, 2016
Studio:Warner Bros. Pictures
MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for some peril and brief strong language)
Starring:Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney
This film, from the get go, is a very quiet, unassuming film, which is what I LOVED about it! There is no showboating of special effects, there is no melodrama, there is no grandiose posturing. It is simply a telling of what happened that day.
Tom Hanks is, as always, marvellous! The way he downplayed everything made me feel as though I was watching a documentary more than a movie. He was that very regular guy that the character needed to be.
All of the characters are masterfully played by this wonderful cast which included Aaron Eckert, Laura Linney, Valerie Mahaffey, Mike O’Malley, Jamey Sheridan, and a host of others.
The film does a fantastic job of going back into his history so as to establish the kind of pilot he is. We are allowed to see that, as a youth, he was encouraged by his instructor and as a young man, in Vietnam, he was able to land a plane in another very dangerous situation.
We’re introduced to his family specifically his wife and how much this weighed on her. How she had to come to groups with the idea that she might have lost her husband that day. We see how they communicated with each other through this ordeal. We are, also allowed to see how the media onslaught took it’s toll on them and how they tried to maintain normalcy through out this whole ordeal.
The film brings us into the investigation that situation. We see him speaking to the review board, several of his superiors, as well as the federal officials. We’re also allowed to see the struggles that he had to face within himself. The struggle within his mind, the “did he do the right thing?”, “did he make the right decision?”, “what could have gone wrong”, and things of that nature. I think that is the part of the film that I appreciated the most.
It was also an interesting dichotomy portrayed in this film. We are shown that while the world praised him for his heroism, his superiors seem to want to do everything they could to prove that he made the wrong choice.
I found that the story unfolded in such a fluid, smooth fashion that by the time the film was over I was surprised that it had ended (This is close to a 3 hour movie by the way). I don’t know that I could more highly recommend this film! The subtlety of how this film unfolds is worthy of note and reason enough to see this film!