The big-screen retelling of the Miracle-on-the-Hudson includes sequences of planes crashing into Manhattan skyscrapers. "It's just a bad dream sequence, and what could have happened if he didn't make the right decision," explained Eastwood. "The spirit it gave back the city, even though it was a tragic loss of a plane, there was no tragic loss of life."Hollywoodreporter.com
Screenwriter Todd Komarnicki further echoed that Sully's feat is "the inverted story of 9/11," and adding the sequences allows Americans "to reclaim that narrative. That narrative was laid on us by people who are enemies of our country; this is a story of heroism in New York City."
As far as the coincidental release of the film of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Komarnicki attributes it to box-office logistics. "It's totally coincidental because of limited Imax screens ... didn't have room in the summer and Christmas is all Star Wars. Very ironic."