In the near future, the Navy develops a fighter jet piloted by an artificial intelligence computer. The jet is placed on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific to learn combat manuevers from the human pilots aboard. But when the computer develops a mind of its own, it's the humans who are charged with stopping it before it incites a war... Written by
A photo of one of the F/A-37 Talon mock-ups, snapped on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln during filming was published in an Australian aviation magazine, claiming that the Talon was an actual prototype aircraft being tested by the US Navy. See more »
When the Talons are about to get catapulted off the Lincoln early in the movie, one is shown with the yellow chocks around the wheels, and steel chains and hooks still attached holding it down to the deck to prevent movement. This is not the standard configuration for a jet just seconds from being catapulted airborne. See more »
Lt. Ben Gannon:
Look, we have things those computers can never have like instincts and feelings and moral judgement. You can call me old-fashioned, you can call it whatever you want but I just don't think that in war the action should ever be divorced from the consequences.
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After the end of the credits, we go back to Korea and see the wreckage of EDI. We pass through most of the wreckage until we stop on EDI's central core. Suddenly, the red eye begins to glow..... See more »
If you like popcorn-action and jets, go see this film.
All right, I really liked this movie and will probably see it again. But I am biased because I have a hobby in military aviation. I'd been dying to see this film and saw it early in the morning on the release date in my town. The movie had fighter jets, aircraft carriers, and Jessica Biel!...What more is there to want!?
But in all seriousness, it should have been clear from the trailer that this was going to be a summer popcorn action flick. I would say that it fulfilled that purpose quite well. It was entertaining. The actions scenes were great. There was some good humor. And the soundtrack was cool.
You shouldn't go into this film expecting to watch an "intellectual" picture. It definitely is not a mind-twister. However, it did bring up the interesting topic of using drones to fight wars and the moral implications of such at thing. That hasn't been brought up much in real life, so it was refreshing that the debate was at raised. But again, this isn't an intellectual film.
It was a fun action movie that all military aviation enthusiasts should see, trust me on this one. There are some other goodies you enthusiasts will find interesting as well.
All in all, for a fun summer flick it was good. My hopes were high for its relations to my interests, and I had lower artistic hopes. My hopes were surpassed, vis-a-vis my aviation interest, and the film did better artistically than I expected. I personally plan on seeing STEALTH(2005) again. However, if you are one that is super-critical about films and don't like leisurely summer popcorn action flicks, wait till it comes out on DVD...but if you're like me, don't wait. Go see it right now!
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