Pros: David Suchet, Music, Air Combat Scenes
Cons: Impossible, Ridiculous scenario
It was fun watching Iron Eagle yesterday. I had not seen this movie in years, as it was released in the mid 1980's. This was a production that I enjoyed more as a young man, because I always loved fighter aircraft. My father used to take me to the Andrews Air Force Base Open House every year, and there I would get a chance to see the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds perform. A neighbor of ours was in the Navy, and got me on the USS America air craft carrier. This was an experience I'll never forget, and its still a dream of mine to get thrown off one of these vessels, in a F-18 Hornet. That will never happen of course, but one day I hope to at least get the chance, to go up in a fighter aircraft of some sort.
David Suchet is one of my favorite actors. He was exceptional in "Executive Decision," along with "The Falcon and the Snowman." He is in Iron Eagle as Col. Amir Nakesh, who is part of a rogue middle eastern government, holding Col. Ted Masters(Tim Thomerson) prisoner after they shot him down. He is scheduled for execution, and the U.S. Military doesn't want to seem to get involved with his rescue. Enter Doug Masters, the Colonel's son, who's played by Jason Gedrick. He enlists the help of Col. Chappy Sinclair, a fighter jet pilot played very well by Louis Gossett Jr, along with his high school friends in the Eagles "group."
This movie is entertaining, but goes far beyond reality. Simply put, there's no way a young man with flight experience time, could really fly an F-16. Also, how do you "borrow" a couple of them, from a secure air force base? Getting older has led me, to become less fun perhaps, but this movie's "ridiculous factor" is up there. While I enjoyed the premise of a young man who flies Cessnas, rescuing his father when no one else will, this is a lot to swallow on many levels. Yet, with that in mind, the movie is made amusing by Louis Gossett's acting, which as always is above average. Plus David Suchet is a vicious SOB.
The music is perhaps the best part of this production. Whether's its the Spencer Davis Group's "Give Me Some Loving," or Queens "One Vision," you'll be tapping your toes. I was. Plus you can laugh at Col. Sinclair admonishing Masters, but at the same time, admiring his willingness to risk all to save his father. He plays his role as a grizzled veteran beautifully, and when he get angry, be sure to clear the area. As for the action, there are some great fighter jet battles. While not as well done as "Top Gun," the Mirage's used as "Migs" do wonders on the screen, and the lines between Doug and Col. Nakesh are hilarious.
I think this is a "feel good movie." There are some shocks along the way, and the production seemed to spare no expense, except for one shot where two helicopters are blown up. They looked "fake as a faux Christmas tree." Yet, it does provide a couple hours of diversion, and for that I do recommend it. Unfortunately, the scenario is implausible, including an air refueling that requires a lot of training. Plus, I don't see how a single F-16 pilot, could do what Doug Masters was able to do. Yes, getting older leaves you more jaded than when you were a teenager, as I loved this "back in the day." That's changed to a "like," and while its far fetched in every sense of the imagination, it was fun to see again.