The concept of heroism in a post-9/11 world — especially when it comes to real life subjects — has revolved around hardened veterans laying it all on the line in the name of America and freedom. Films like American Sniper became what real world heroism was all about, even if Chris Kyle couldn’t live up to Hollywood’s expectations. So while the big screens of America were dedicated to fictional heroes with super powers blowing up city blocks, the other side of the coin has seen a lot of taut military or tactical thrillers, which isn’t always a bad thing.
That’s why Tom Hanks starring in a film about the pilot that landed a plane on the Hudson River back in 2009 is pretty refreshing. Tom Hanks stars as Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in the upcoming film Sully that’ll do its best to document and dramatize the events surrounding this feat of heroism, perhaps the kind of film that America needs in an election year to remind us all about non-politicized (or at least less-politicized) heroism.
This new trailer of the Clint Eastwood-directed film shows that the focus won’t just be on the landing itself, but also about the aftermath that Sully had to face, including his personal life and past coming under scrutiny while the eyes of the world were on him. Sully opens on September 9th.