Ground Control

1998

Action / Adventure / Drama / Thriller

2
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 40%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 35%
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 2336

Synopsis


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Director

Cast

Kristy Swanson as Julie Albrecht
Farrah Forke as Laura Franklin
Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Harris
Kelly McGillis as Susan Stratton
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899.02 MB
1280*714
English 2.0
PG-13
23.976 fps
1 hr 37 min
P/S 3 / 47
1.63 GB
1920*1072
English 2.0
PG-13
23.976 fps
1 hr 37 min
P/S 6 / 38

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by sabad1 8 / 10

Rather good movie

General Synopsis of the movie is that after a crash, a top rated Air traffic controller leaves the business. Then 5 years later is brought back for one night due to the facility being understaffed and too many planes coming in....

This movie actually should have been pegged as a drama instead of action/adventure...but be that as it may, it was rather good. One could go on and on about how it isn't realistic, but in truth...how many movies really are?

The title role of Jack Harris is played by Kiefer Sutherland. This is a key factor to the movies success. His uncanny ability to visibly portray emotions is essential to the role. As usual, he brings the "I'll do anything to make me a human on film" trademark with him. (Anyone for getting sick in the bathroom sink?) This trademark is what has endeared him over the years to so many fans and critics alike.

Also Staring were Robert Sean Leonard as the cocky hotshot air traffic controller; Bruce McGill as the overworked supervisor who pleads with Jack to come back, even if just for one night; Kelly McGillis as the politically minded administrator (she ends up being a good guy in the end); Kristy Swanson as the "newbie" air traffic controller fresh out of the academy; and our beloved Henry Winkler as the facility mechanic who keeps everything running, even though the equipment is old and some without replacement.

Although the movie is meant to "entertain", the whole crux of the movie is to tell a story about being an Air Traffic Controller and the absolute stress behind that job. This is something they did quite well.

All in all, it was a rather good film. It will hold interest up until the end and has a very climatic, edge of your seat, finish.

Who will like this movie? 1. Probably air traffic controllers (even though it might not be completely factual) 2. People who like a good human interest story 3. The over 40 crowd. 4. Kiefer fans

Who will not like this movie? Those whose mentalities require constant barrages of special effects, action, cussing, sex, violence and/or blood…pass on this one, it won't fill your needs.

Ending notes: If you fall into the "who will like this movie" group…definitely give it a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Reviewed by TheAgent 6 / 10

Has some good scenes, but falls short of being a great movie

As an aviation enthusiast, I was interested in this movie, but technical errors and some flaws in the plot made the movie fall short of being great.

One scene starts off with a 747 flying through clouds. As this flight evolves into a state of emergency, we later find out that the plane was really a 737. Anyone who's been at an airport knows the difference between the two.

From the opening scene Kiefer Sutherland's character alludes to the home expansion project he's working on, presumably because of a new kid on the way. We never see the wife or this new kid, or what effect the stress an air traffic controller goes through has on a family. Including scenes with the wife and kid could have added something to the movie.

Ever since the end of Happy Days, we do not see much of Henry Winkler on TV or on the screen, but he effectively plays the role of a mechanic, frustrated by budget constraints and using the "I told you so" attitude when a problem arises. Kelly McGillis is also a performer seen less often these days, but does well as the savvy and assertive airport administrator.

The performers did their homework when it came to radio protocol and terminology. So often in the past, this is done so poorly. Hollywood may have finally caught on to this.

Another problem I had is that the movie appeared to have taken some of its content from the United Airlines DC-10 crash landing in Sioux City in 1989. They then took this incident and tweaked it a little to fit the story better. If the electrical components are fried and hydraulics are disabled, why was the distressed plane able to extend its landing gear? If only UAL flight 289 could have been so lucky ten years ago!

I think that it's a good movie, but not a great one... 6/10

Reviewed by mark-1306 3 / 10

Inaccurate...with reservations

I'm currently in process to become an air traffic controller, so I'm at the point where I devour anything relating to ATC. I don't need to write anything else about the inaccuracies in the movie, as a couple of former ATC's have done that. The phraseology, the scopes, the sets - they're pretty far from the real thing.

What I'd like to do, however, is talk about what I found *right* about the movie. There are three pretty big things that I felt get across the overall theme of ATC: 1) When Kristy Swanson's character starts screwing up after first plugging in, Kiefer's character plugs in with her. After saving her butt, he goes into a discussion of how to look at the scope. In your mind, you need to turn this 2D display into a 3D representation. Then, you use the information you have about each aircraft - its speed, altitude, and direction - to see and resolve conflicts ahead of time.

I felt that was a pretty accurate description of what's going through a controller's mind when he's looking at the scope.

2) The bit by the young "hotshot" controller, where he talks about how controllers view airplanes, is pretty spot on. You can't view them as individual airplanes full of hundreds of people - you need to detach yourself from that completely, or otherwise you'll go crazy with the pressure. I've talked with many controllers, and they each use different methods. Some picture empty airplanes in their mind, some just see "targets", some view them as math problems to solved, as is the case in the movie.

3) The constant battle of safety vs. budget. If you look at today's FAA, they have slashed controller pay, forced out the more experienced higher-paid controllers, blown billions on failed technology upgrade projects, and generally made a mess of things. The facility where I'm being assigned to has constant equipment failures, mainly because the equipment in question is over 30 years old. Miami Center's Oceanic sector - which covers the entire strip of ocean from Miami to the Dominican Republic - has frequent radar outages which take days to fix.

And as traffic increases more and more every year, there are fewer controllers to guide them. Everyone will tell you that ATC is a stressful job, and that you need to unplug every time knowing you had 100% accuracy. Now imagine forcing someone to work 10 hours a day, 6 days a week under that pressure. That's the reality at the world's busiest facilities - like Atlanta Center - which are understaffed. Take a look at what happened with that fatal ComAir crash in Kentucky. The tower was short staffed, so they only had 1 controller on duty instead of the required two. 50 people died as a result.

And through every error, the FAA always says: "Safety was never compromised". For that reason, I found the conflicts between the working controllers and the management to be pretty realistic. The controllers want things to run safely, whereas the management wants to cut corners and boost their own careers.

Think about that the next time you fly.

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