Director: Richard Howard Writer: Mark Shepherd & Robert Moreland (Space Marines) Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Bruce McGill, Kristy Swanson, Robert Sean Leonard, Margaret Cho, Henry Winkler If there’s one vital aspect of a “problems on a plane” film, it’s the air-traffic controller. He’s the guy who the pilots coordinate their moves with, receives the initial message […]

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Director: Richard Howard
Writer: Mark Shepherd & Robert Moreland (Space Marines)
Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Bruce McGill, Kristy Swanson, Robert Sean Leonard, Margaret Cho, Henry Winkler

If there’s one vital aspect of a “problems on a plane” film, it’s the air-traffic controller. He’s the guy who the pilots coordinate their moves with, receives the initial message of a problem onboard, and then will usually switch to another controller in order to help a distraught passenger land. While the majority of them are pleasant characters when on-screen for five, ten minutes, some genius had the idea to make an entire movie about the lives of air-traffic controllers. And no, I’m not talking about Pushing Tin here. I’m talking the direct-to-video, or shall I say made-for-TV-then-released-to-video Ground Control, starring a pre-Jack Bower’d Kiefer Sutherland as a former air traffic controller who thought he’d served his last day, only be asked back for one more night.

Three years ago, Jack Harris (Sutherland) was at the top of his game. Tossing his rubber ball up in the air, he guided thousands of planes to safety, never experiencing a single crash. But then one day it happened. Under his watch, a plane lost control and went down, with over one hundred “souls” dieing as a result. He quickly succumbed to alcohol, which made him flip out at his job, and a result, he’s now working for a software company from his apartment. Jack never believes he’ll see the inside of his former office again, but when his ex-boss comes begging for a favor, as a stormy night is approaching with the airport administrators allowing more and more planes to fly through their airspace, he feels obliged to accept.

When he arrives, the film spares no time in introducing the audience to a cast of boring and bland characters. Julie Albrecht (Kristy Swanson) is the bitch that allows the extra planes to fly. Cruise (Robert Sean Leonard) is your skippy, young kid. Randy is a burnt out air-traffic controller with pent-up anger. John Quinn (Henry Winkler, yes, the Fonz) is the technician who is stressed out after his complete lack of funds that later bite the administrators in the ass. Murray (Michael Gross, the father from “Family Ties) earns a paycheck as the prick supervisor that pisses everyone off. Hell, may I mention that Margaret Cho is here as a background character, doing absolutely nothing but being the smart Asian that she jokes about being born to play?

Ground Control isn’t necessarily a bad film. There are bits and pieces of creativity, and certain relationships formed by Jack are heartwarming. It’s just excruciatingly boring at points. There are very few people in this world that want to see movies about air-traffic controllers instead of those dealing with the real tension; the ones who may crash into Chicago if they can’t defeat the terrorists, fix the fuel dump, or land the plane. Not even Kiefer Sutherland, who just looks plain worn-out throughout the whole film, can muster up the strength needed to save Ground Control from a rocky landing.

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