Pushing Tin (1999)


“If you ever want to sleep at night, don’t marry a beautiful girl.” – Russell Bell

Number of Times Seen – Twice (14 Aug 2008 and 4 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Two air traffic controllers begin a rivalry which ends up affected their home lives more than they expected.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw years ago yet it never really left much of an impression on me.

The film has a very solid cast that features John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina Jolie and Cate Blanchett.

Unfortunately, even with these 4 great actors, they can’t help make this story any more interesting.

The characters’ antics throughout the film go a bit too far and in certain parts, this makes the film much more difficult to watch because of the stupidity of these actions.

There are times, when the viewer might feel the urge to yell at the screen in order to try and convince the characters not to do certain things, but they still go ahead and commit some very silly acts.

The story and plot meanders along at a very sow pace and unfortunately, not much really happens here of interest.

The one thing that this film definitely gets right is the stressful aspects of working as a traffic controller.

We get to see how difficult this kind of work can be due to the anxiety and stressful atmosphere that they encounter day in and day out.

Bottom Line – Solid cast can’t help make this story more interesting. The antics by these characters go a bit too far and makes it more difficult to make it through this film because one just wants to scream at the screen because the caharcters are acted so sytupidly. The story itself meanders along too much and not much actually happens of interest along the way. The way that they depict the stressful job of air traffic controllers is done really well and we get a clear idea of the kind of anxiety and stress that this profession must deal with on a day to day basis.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Billy Bob Thornton’s character (Russell Bell) states in the movie that he is half Irish (his father) and half Choctaw Indian (his mother). In real life, Mr. Thornton’s father is of Irish ancestry, while his mother is half Choctaw Indian and half Italian. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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