Pushing Tin

That is a simile, "laying pipe" is a metaphor.

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * · · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * · · · )

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In the last couple of years there have been some big changes to the movie industry. As movies like Pulp Fiction and Blair Witch Project take the nation by storm, the truly creative independent movies can't be ignored anymore. Because of this, normal everyday movies like Pushing Tin get looked at with a harsher light, at least in my mind. Unless a movie redefines a genre, it is just another movie. There isn't anything in Pushing Tin that is really memorable. John Cusack plays John Cusack like he does in all of his movies, but Billy Bob Thorton does a pretty good job with his role. The overall theme of the lives of Air Traffic Controllers is pretty interesting, but this whole on-edge thing gets a little old. There are some creative shots of near misses in planes and some neat 3D views of the scopes. It gets pretty hokey when the two rivals have to steer a huge amount of planes to safety as a supposed bomb ticks away. That was just too cliche for me. Overall, it didn't leave me with a REAL bad taste in my mouth, but there isn't much here that is noteworthy. The DVD is as average as the movie is with a 1.85 to 1 non 16x9 enhanced picture but a very nice Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. There were no extras. Overall, far from a groud breaker. Maybe worth watching if it is on TBS or something, but I can't even say it is worth going out of your way to rent.