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Fire Birds (1990)
Now that the movie is about 17 years old I decide to write a review. This movie came out about the time I was preparing for my selection to flight school. At the time I really wanted to fly the Apache, but would have ended up flying Blackhawk helicopters.
It really made learning to fly helicopters in the Army a bit more glamorous than it really is, of course. It was, however, a good movie that helped to represent the Army's side of Top Gun. The downside is that flying helicopters is not nearly as fast as flying F-14's, A-4's, and F-5's. The upside is that flying helicopters is much more difficult than flying the fighters. This movie accurately depicted the concentration and skill that it takes to fly an attack helicopter.
the need to get our girlfriends and wives out to the movie required the typical love plot that is always required to get and keep their attention and fill downtime in the film. Jet A was not even cheap way back in the 1990's.
A former military buddy worked on the set of the film. He noted that Sean was pretty cocky and arrogant. When the day was over her limo would roll up with her minions and off they went, never addressing folks on the set. Nicholas Cage was a polar opposite and was very open to even having a drink with the guys and girls after filming was complete. He made sure everyone felt included, as I understand it. That must be one of the reasons that his career took off...he is just wonderfully charismatic.
What an amazing movie!
The CGI work done in this movie is uber-realistic. With the exception of a very few scenes, it is easy to see where someone could come out of the theater and think that this was filmed with real mythical creatures as actors. Yes, real mythical creatures is an oxymoron.
The movie was always moving forward and only had a few slow points. The battle scenes were pretty amazing for the CGI work that was put into them.
It was really a great great movie and, from what I can remember in grade school, this was an excellent adaptation of the novel by C.S. Lewis.