Young Navy Officers, Jay and Meagan, have dreamt of becoming naval aviators flying the F-14 Tomcat since their childhoods. The film follows their two-and-a-half year journey as it takes ... See full summary »
Young Navy Officers, Jay and Meagan, have dreamt of becoming naval aviators flying the F-14 Tomcat since their childhoods. The film follows their two-and-a-half year journey as it takes them through dogfights in the Nevada desert, night landings on aircraft carriers in the Atlantic, and eventually to the biggest challenge young officers face: wartime deployments to Iraq. Written by
During Jay's F-14 dogfight with the F-5 "Saint", the exterior shots are clearly of an F-14 Tomcat, but when footage is shown of Jay's face and torso from inside the cockpit, the unmistakable wings and outwardly canted vertical stabilizers of an F/A-18 Hornet are plainly visible through the canopy behind him. This mistake is repeated again while Jay is attempting his first carrier landing. When the camera is on Jay in the cockpit, it's obvious that he is once again flying in an F/A-18 Hornet, but exterior footage from the carrier shows an F-14 Tomcat landing on the deck. See more »
As a former naval officer (non-aviator), I was interested in the film as fellow wearer of the uniform.
The movie told the real story of two dedicated people who persevered and achieved their dreams, motivated by my favorite impulses: patriotism, duty, and the quest for achievement and excellence. This makes for a perfect feel-good energy that permeates the movie - from scenes at the VFW hall to vignettes of their middle America lives.
I've read mention of Top Gun in these reviews, and wonder "what's the point?" Top Gun is entertainment in its own right, as is Speed & Angels in its right. There really is no point in comparing them, and I don't quite "get" the purpose of doing so.
So, if you seek a patriotic uplift, and restored confidence in at least some of our young people's sense of duty, watch this movie.
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