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Okay, okay. The plot, such as it is, goes like this: Our hero is a USAF pilot testing a "Virtual Reality" helmet in an F-117 over Turkey. It fails, and he barely has time to bail out before his plane crashes. Disgraced, he's sent home packing, along with the two remaining VR F-117 prototypes.
Why are they testing it over Turkey? Why not Area 51? Why not *anywhere* in the United States? Because the long flight home means that the terrorists, led by "Das Boot" kapitan Jurgen Prochnow, can board through an air-to-air refueling line (!) and make a grab for the remaining two planes.
You can figure out the rest. Our hero must sneak around the conveniently large ductwork of the C-5 transport, offing terrorists one by one, while the love interest ('scuse me, the C-5's pilot) keeps trying to kick bad guys out of her cockpit and call on the radio for help.
There's absolutely nothing innovative about this movie in the slightest. The action is mundane, the characters are cardboard, and the technical goofs are legion. Watch it only if you feel like having an "MST3K" party at your house.
Or rent "Air Force One" and have a double-feature.
On the other hand,
If you have any knowledge of military aircraft you must suspend a "lot" of disbelief. I was in the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Dover AFB at the time this movie came out. For those that don't know, Dover AFB is the home of 48 C-5 Galaxy's. When this move was released it ran in our break room nonstop for two weeks. In spite of all the jeers about the errors in the aircraft we still found ourself clapping at the end of the movie. I only wish it was my aircraft that was blown up (70-00452)
In the end I don't really view this movie to be a military film, but rather a story of a hero overcoming adversity. The setting of a military aircraft just makes it a convenient way to tell which side is which.
After being denied fuel by hijackers, the pilot is forced to reset her course as dictated by the lead hijacker: "The new heading: 3 6 degrees south, 4 5 west." Is that some new fangled way of giving a compass heading, or is it a destination off the coast of Uruguay? A short time later, the plane is over the northern coast of Australia. Given the light load (about 1/4 capacity), a C5's range is about 6140 between refuelings. It can barely reach Borneo; a detour to Australia would be more than a thousand miles beyond its range.
As for walking away from landing an f117 within walking distance of an arbitrarily chosen spot in North Australia, come on!!!!!!!!!
I can't count the number of loopholes. I won't waste my time (or yours) by trying to list even a small part. They ruined what should otherwise have been a "just-drop-thinking-entirely-and-enjoy-an-action-flick" experience. The loopholes were just too intrusive for anyone, even one with only a few active braincells like me.
Here's the plot. SPOILERS. MANY SPOILERS. Experimental fighter plane pilot appears to screw up, although he claims it was an equipment failure. He heads home for an inquiry, just happening, by strange chance, to be riding in a transport plane which can, miraculously, hold two flight-ready experimental fighters within it. And it does, indeed (or within Hollywood "reality") hold both of them.
Terrorist band ruthlessly kills many, many U.S. Air Force folks on the way to boarding transport in mid-air, to capture said experimental fighters. Head terrorist, the chief murderer, is, inexplicably, fully capable of flying these experimental fighters, and using the virtual-reality helmet, which just happens to be the equipment which doesn't work too well. Head terrorist has an assistant, call him Vice-Head Terrorist, who is equally qualified.
Extremely attractive female transport pilot, a Major, becomes allied, of course, with the fighter jock. They manage to, miraculously, kill every terrorist, trashing one transport and one experimental fighter in the process. Two Air Force pilots, one female, the other male, limp off romantically into the Australian sunset.
Other user reviewers said things like, "Surpisingly Good," "My Favorite Movie," etc.
Are You Kidding Me? Give Me A Break!
I, too, after the 1st viewing of this movie when it's released, it never faded in my memory since then. Now it's year 2019, after watched the 3rd times so many years later, I still consider it one of the best hijack thrillers. The movie was released in 1992, but it's way before Hollywood's obsession of CGI computerized graphics. Nowadays, about 99% of the movies out of Hollywood were with CGI effect or with the actors acting in front of a green screen and I'm tired of it. Every movie now looks like a video game with hollow and senseless scenarios and plot. But this movie is quite different in many ways.
After so many years, the major pilot played by Elizabeth Morehead was still so vividly remembered. I almost fell in love with this cute and pretty young lady who also showed lot of potential acting talent. But when I tried to get more familiar with her, her activities only continued to 2013, since then she just disappeared and off the screen. I really like to know her newer information.
Andrew Divoff is another actor that I also have strong impression of his role in this movie. My memory about him is his right eyebrow, there's some of it grew wild at the end of it with a sudden upward angle. He should trim it to look more appealing, his heavily acned face is another factor that I remembered him. I'm glad that he is still active in recent years.
Andrew Divoff almost played bad guy roles all the time, but he's a very good actor.
Again, I'd like to iterate my love of this movie; a timeless one even after so many years, still a great fun to watch again.
It's not bad, it's not great. Andrew Divoff as Captain Winfield is adequate. Better are Elizabeth Morehead as gritty Major Morgan and stealing all his scenes there is Jürgen Prochnow as the main culprit Phillips. The rest of the indistinguishable cast, plane crew and terrorists, are mainly there to off each other. There is some plot device about flying a real plane using virtual reality headsets but it could have been dropped without affecting the film.
Worth seeing mainly for Jürgen Prochnow curling his lip villainously.