2012, Anthony Hemingway (a bunch of TV including CSI and Treme) -- cinema
I say I was sucked in, but really, I was more suckered. That speech in the trailers where the commander says they are going to provide bomber support and for every plane they save, that is another father going home to his family, another brother, another husband. They might not be sent out to be true fighter pilots but the support of the bomber divisions was important work and it was the hot shots who were causing the losses as much as the german pilots. I get that, I like the idea of highlighting the underdog support group. I am all about the little guys who get the job done so the big guys can perform their tasks. And the whole "to the last bullet... last minute... last man" is stirring. Too bad the rest of the movie, in it's entirety, fell completely on its face.
I get the ensemble cast for a war movie, different guys from different backgrounds of different temperaments and personalities. It makes a war movie, especially when they gel together for the big goal. But for gawds sake, get some actors who can carry it off. Let's ignore the guys who cannot separate themselves from being from 2012 but even the guys who were able to live in the history, carried their character's personalities like cardboard standups. Lines were stilted, unbelievable and left me constantly rolling my eyes. I could forgive Cuba Gooding's constant pipe chomping if I could believe him as an experienced Major. Don't get me started on Terrence Howard looking like he was about to cry. To be honest, the only characters I actually got wrapped up in were Method Man and Andre Royo as the two crewmen/mechanics. I guess small characters supporting small guys came across well? If they only just saturated the movie with exciting dog fights so we could just ignore our boredom with the actual acting, then maybe, I would have had a more favorable memory of this movie. Alas, no.