Pushing Tin (**) - What a major disappointment. How did a film like this get so sidetracked? What promised to be our first real glimpse inside the world of air-traffic controllers turns out to be nothing more than a simple backdrop for a domestic quadrangle that isnít funny nor interesting.Itís the biggest tease since finding out that Pamela Andersonís breasts werenít real. Howíd she trick us for so long? Wink. Wink. I knew her milkbags were fake going in. Pushing Tin was supposed to be about air-traffic controllers. Period. Thatís what Iíve been reading about and seeing making of specials for six months. The only times I remember seeing any time dedicated at all to air-traffic controllers, it was in the opening scenes of Summer Rental and Modern Problems. What a shame - because the opening scenes crackle with the excitement of a world weíre not used to being a part of. If any profession begged for its own movie - itís this one. But even during the good opening stuff, something didnít seem right. Later on, as the domestic squabbles and lame rivalry developed, I put my finger on it. Other than showing that being a controller is a highly stressful job, we are taught nothing about what it takes to be a controller. We hear the dialogue and see the plane blips, but itís just kinda there. Weíre eavesdropping, but not really sure whatís going on. Another big mistake. A better movie with a better script would have taught us at least a little bit of whatís going on in the opening scenes. But instead weíre witness to the equivalent of a plummeting bird. Excitement and tension turns into predictability and lameness. Weíre left watching good actors try their hardest to keep this film in the air. Cusack is good as usual. Thornton gives us a nice air of mystery around him although his character doesnít really amount to much - especially when their rivalry consists of burning matches and free throw shots. Cate Blanchett is given nothing to do here except look attractive for the first time on film. And then thereís Angelina Jolie who creates what is potentially the most interesting supporting character in the film, in another great performance, but the film literally abandons her like a cheap hooker. It gets what it wants out of her, leaves her check on the night table, and is never to be seen again.And itís a shame, because there should have been more scenes with her - along with the scenes of the plane navigations which only pop up now and then after the filmís initial 25 minutes. What a wasted premise.