Tom Hanks, like Meryl Streep, could and should be nominated for an Academy Award every time he performs in a movie. As “Sully”, Academy Award Winner Hanks is superb. Aaron Eckhart, who portrays Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, provides a solid performance. I kept expecting Skiles to be a bad guy and turn on Sully. Academy Award Nominee, Laura Linney plays Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger. Linney is a wonderful actor. Her part is too small for her talent. Eastwood should have used her talent better.

“Sully” is the story of Chesley Sullenberger, who was hailed as a national hero when he successfully executed an emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off the City of New York, after the aircraft was disabled by striking a flock of Canada geese during its initial climb out of LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew aboard the aircraft survived.

The film was directed by four-time Academy Award winner, Clint Eastwood. Eastwood is 86 years old. It amazes me that a man his age has the energy to direct a film as big and complex as “Sully.” Eastwood is also credited with providing the music for the film. He is an accomplished pianist and jazz aficionado.

“Sully” was written by Todd Komarnicki based on the book Highest Duty by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeff Zaslow. I had some issues about the script. The story jumped back and forth and was difficult to figure out what was happening, when. The first half of the movie dragged a little. The second half was exciting and the movie provided details that the public was not privy to when the incident occurred.

The re-enactment of the plane landing in the Hudson was an amazing piece of photography. The film gives us a glimpse into all that happened to Sullenberger and Stiles while the nation was hailing them as heroes and the Federal Air Administration was looking at their job performances and trying to decide whether they were negligent.

The audience really enjoyed this movie. There was lots of applause when the film ended. Many stayed and watched the real cast and crew when they got together.

“Sully” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and AMC Eastgate Showplace 6.