Air America (1990)
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Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. play a couple of what-the-hell flyboys flying contraband to Laos during the Vietnam War. Gibson doesn't seem to care about anything but the "guts and glory" aspects of the job, but Downey has serious questions about the moral implications of their mission. When a Laotian general expresses more concern over the wellbeing of an opium shipment than the men who are risking life and limb to fly it in, Gibson comes around to Downey's way of thinking. By film's end, Gibson is stuck in one of those character-building dilemmas so common to films of this nature: should he deliver his cache of weaponry, or should he dump it all to rescue a bunch of refugees? … More
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Critic Reviews for Air America
Air America never finds a righteous pace -- it's an expensive ghost town mood with two handsome leads spending their screentime mentally cashing their paychecks.
Everybody on-screen seems awfully bored.
Full of action and Mel Gibson.
An interesting storyline, but it's mostly a waste of time.
Gibson does what he can, but not even Olivier could salvage this one.
Audience Reviews for Air America
Just about remember seeing this ages ago. It was quite a funny film with a fair bit of action and 2 good male leads.More
Such an interesting take on the surrounding conflict in Vietnam. It manages to infuse buddy comedy flawlessly with a truly serious situation. Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. are as good a pair as you can find, they play off of each other like they had been best friends for life. The drug trade aspect is dealt with in a serious matter, but it does make the movie serious and it certainly doesn't lose its power as an action comedy. Visually, most people might be surprised by this. It's actually a lot more impressive than you'd expect.More
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