Published on September 10th, 2012 | by Chris1
Iron Eagle (1986)
So. As part of the Worst War Movies Challenge I figured I'd pick up one of the old standbys. 1986's Iron Eagle. The height of "yeah, I don't think so" movies from the 1980s. I know the rules of the challenge disqualify movies that are historically and/or technically inaccurate. There is, however, in that respect, a line that can't and must not be crossed. Iron Eagle crosses it.
Iron Eagle presents a tale which can and would never happen. Ever. Not in any universe known to man. Basically it allows Doug (Jason Gedrick) to plan and execute a mission to rescue his dad (Tim Thomerson! Hey!) from the evil, um, anonymous middle eastern dictator. With the help of mechanic "Chappy" (Louis Gossett Jr.) and a bunch of the base brats, they manage to get a pair of armed to the teeth F-16s, fly all the way to wherever, expend about ten times the ordnance they are actually carrying, and pull off this rescue mission.
Not only that, but some of the 1980's "technology" they display is so out of line with reality as to be completely laughable. I can roll with Joshua in WarGames, but to think that the F-16 is going to be communicating commands like "EJECT!" to the pilot through some chintzy little See-and-Spell calculator display? No. Just, no.
And then there is the whole "airplane" race near the beginning. Yeah, what? The FAA tends to seriously frown on such things, especially after Doug ditches the plane off the runway. Prepare your you-know-what Dougie boy because they're coming for YOU..... And your dad doesn't have enough pull to get you into the cockpit for a training mission, son. Sorry. Neither do you get a full run of the base, right down to the CO's office. Yeah, not happening.
Oh, the biggest "hey what?" moment for me? When they cross the coast (obviously in California, so which coast again?), and then apparently time warp into the future to suddenly arrive over the Mediterranean. You just flew an F-16 half way around the world, refueled only once, and nobody apparently cares? What?
At least the soundtrack is decent, though. And Oliver from the Brady Bunch is in it.
Honestly, its not *that* badly acted or written. It's just a constant line of events that requires such a huge suspension of disbelief (or ignorance of how things actually work) that it can't dig its way out of. I can let it go if we are talking about, I dunno, "Stripes" or something. But not like this.
I'm giving this a 2 star rating. Because there's a certain amount of 80's nostalgia involved here, and I can see how you might be able to enjoy it on the "coming of age" factor alone, but man. I really don't know how this garners a 4-star on Amazon. Really.
Here's a taste.
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High-flying, rapid-fire adventure in the tradition of Top Gun starring Louis Gossett, Jr. (Academy Award(r) winning Best Supporting Actor, An Officer And A Gentleman, 1982) and Jason Gedrick (TV's Murder One)...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Brand: GOSSETT,LOUIS JR.
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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- Jason Gedrick
- Louis Gossett Jr.
- Robbie Rist
- Shawnee Smith
- Full Screen Version
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Cheesily Great 80's Movie,
Unfortunately, the version of the movie that Amazon streams has a flaw with the audio encoding (thus the reason for only 3 stars). I purchased the HD version and watched it streamed via the Roku app on a 1080p / 5.1 home theater system. The picture quality was great, but the sound quality was terrible. It sounded as if some of the audio channels were out of phase with the others, as you could hear the dialog coming from separate speakers at a slightly different time (within milliseconds), but it was just enough to make the dialog very difficult to understand. In addition, the dialog seemed muffled compared to the rest of the audio. I've never had this... Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This movie was a lot better than I expected. I learned about it after reading "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline. The dog fights could easily rival those of Top Gun. The story focuses on a teenage boy that has had flight training in Air Force jets complements of his pilot father. The bullying and typical teenage whining, I could have done without, but it took away little from the overall story. It was well done throughout, and I've added it to my permanent collection of re-watchable movies.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I can get you an F16 with anything you want!!,
Classic Entertainment! The music and characters make this movie a classic. I know it's not realistic for Dad's son and one other to joy ride two F16s and create their own foreign policy, but this story is a lot of fun. I simply enjoy watching it. It also came from a time when we wern't so invaded by technology. So every once n a while I like to watch this. After all these years it's still worth looking at, so that by itself must mean something.
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Summary: "Hey, lets steal a pair of armed-to-the-hilt F-16s and go get my dad? Can we?" No. Just, no.