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According to the film's website, the story has its genesis in 1999, before Sullenberg or 9/11, so screenwriter John Gatins did not have those references when he wrote it, and obviously he decided not to reference them in his film made this year. The movie does have three scenes shot in Atlanta's St. Regis Hotel, though, which it mentions by name. The hotel ...


The easiest way to see that the movie takes place closer to present time is that Denzel's character is using an iPhone (released 2007) and an iPad (released 2010) also when they are referencing the toxicology report, the lawyer states that the tox machine was calibrated in 2009 and then states that it is 18 months overdue thus making the year 2010/2011.


SouthJet Flight 227 crashed on October 14th, 2011 During the NTSB hearing Ellen Block's presentation includes slides that display the date of the crash. You can also watch the scene on YouTube. Interestingly, the movie was first released (at the New York Film Festival) on October 14, 2012.


I also noticed the iPod plugged in next to the desk rotary phone. I think this vintage iPod was 2004 or 2005. Also, the various cars in the movie are very misleading as to when this was to have taken place.

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