Welcome to the high-pressure, over-caffeinated world of air traffic controllers, where a momentary lapse in concentration can cause a mid-air collision, and a career-ending nervous breakdown is always right around the corner: fascinating stuff, until the
plot kicks in. Then it's contrived, meandering, clichéd and just plain preposterous. Nick "The Zone" Falzone (John Cusack) is the king of Queens TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control), until Russell Bell (Billy Bob Thornton) blows into town with his wife, Mary (Angelina Jolie). Mary's snotty,
sexpot ways alienate the rest of the traffic controllers' wives, and Russell doesn't really fit in with Nick's crowd, a ha...