Published on September 26th, 2007 | by Chris0
One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942)
I'm reading a lot of other reviews praising this movie, and quite frankly I just don't get it.
To be even more frank, I'm not sure I should even be writing this, as I honestly quit paying attention about 30 minutes into the movie. Seriously.
One of Our Aircraft is Missing is the story of a British bomber crew who gets shot down, and bails out over the Netherlands. From there they find help from the Dutch resistance. What happens after that I don't know, and quite frankly I could care less.
If you make it through the film longer than I did, congratulations, you have infinite patience, which I do not. About the only redeeming quality I saw in the part I made it through were the (I think) innovative "receding" titles, which I can't say I've seen much of in films of the day.
From there, the movie progresses into an infinitely dull conversation on board the bomber. Which is nearly drowned out by the constant drone of the engine. That's about all I heard. Hummmmmmm..... talk talk talk... Hummmmmm..... man. All this with no soundtrack to speak of. Realistic? Sure, I suppose, but man....
The acting and script seemed better suited for a stage production, and in particular the parts of the resistance that I saw were really suited for the cornfield rather than the screen.
Maybe I should have toughed it out, but I couldn't. I was nearly falling asleep from the drone of the engines and the dull conversation. Maybe someone can explain to me why One of Our Aircraft is Missing is such a lauded film and I may give it a second look when I'm tanked on caffeine or something.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It May be Propaganda, but it is a Well-Done War Film,Read more
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing,
My problem is not with "Aircraft..." itself. My problem is with the truly awful quality of this film print, both sound and picture. You can barely see the image, and the audio is all but unintelligible. For those cineastes who still want to collect this film, I would point them to the 2011 DVD version offered directly from Amazon. It has no colorful artwork on the DVD case or disk label, but the print itself is quite good for a 60+ year old b/w film, at least 200% better than this print being reviewed... Read more
Four stars for the movie, two stars for the Alpha Video DVD,
Unfortunately, the quality of the Alpha Video DVD is surprisingly poor. It seems to have been mastered not from a film copy but from an old videotape. The sound in particular is very poor quality, and the dialogue is incomprehensible in the scenes inside the plane because of the background sound of the propellers. Amazingly, Alpha Video superimposes their logo over the credits, just in case anyone is wondering at that... Read more
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Summary: Maybe I should have toughed it out, but I couldn't. I was nearly falling asleep from the drone of the engines and the dull conversation. Maybe someone can explain to me why One of Our Aircraft is Missing is such a lauded film and I may give it a second look when I'm tanked on caffeine or something.