Pushing Tin

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Shane Martin

Plot: What’s it about?

After seeing John Cusack for the first time in Grosse Pointe Blank, I was sold on the fact I would see Pushing Tin in the theater. Well, everyone knows that you get busy and don’t have time to do that sometimes. So, I picked up a copy having no idea about whether Pushing Tin was a good movie or not. I rarely take chances on things like this but did anyway and was pleasantly surprised. Pushing Tin is a simple story about air traffic controllers and their ever so stressful lives. As you watch the movie you will realize that is only the surface and the movie is really about men’s egos and how the ego affects one’s mind and thinking. Pushing Tin features John Cusack playing the role of Nick Falzone, a cocky young air traffic controller who has a huge ego and is certain he is the best at what he does, that is getting as many planes landed safely into New York’s 3 major airports hence the title Pushing Tin.

The cavalier style exhibited by all of the traffic controllers is evident from the beginning as we are introduced to the characters and is shown by the way the group drives, consumes alcohol, and their wicked marriages(all of which have had multiple). Nick’s life was grand until Russell Bell, played by Billy Bob Thornton, enters and proceeds to dismantle the thought of anyone being better than him. The ego battle is quite revealing right off the bat as the two proceed into a short stint of motorcycle vs. automobile racing. Russell is known from his other stints as a traffic controller as a strange one but quite good at what he does. Their egos begin to clash as both Nick and Russell begin the task of outdoing each other in the # of planes they can land. Nick sees this as a great rivalry and is fit to outdo Russell at everything he does. Nick takes it too far and messes around with Russell’s wife Mary, played by Angelina Jolie. The performances of Billy Bob Thornton, John Cusack, and honestly the rest of the cast was a real treat. The movie dabbled in comedy and when it was delivered it was enough to keep the movie going and myself laughing. The movie was written by Glen and Les Charles who created Cheers and focused on the character’s interaction within themselves and really delivered a wonderful story. Needless to say I was surprised and Pushing Tin was a real treat.

Video: How does it look?

Although not anamorphically enhanced, Fox delivers to the dvd public as wonderful a transfer as they could. It was presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and honestly the picture is wonderful. There is no grain in the picture and the colors are dead on. Picture is definitely noteworthy, but not reference.

Audio: How does it sound?

Here is the real surprise of the movie. I didn’t expect much and right off the bat the subwoofer kicked in and at times never let up. Presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, the directional effects are wonderful as well as a nicely delivered front soundstage that was wide and directional as well. For a drama/comedy, I was shocked. The first few scenes are wonderful to demo with as well as planes fly around not only the front but the rear and really show off Dolby digital at its best.

Supplements: What are the extras?

If there is one company other than Disney that thinks we want zero extras, It is Fox. Pushing Tin only features a theatrical trailer and that’s it. It is nice but I want more for my $27.99 than just a trailer. Shame on you, Fox.

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