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Fighter Pilot - Operation Red Flag

Fighter Pilot - Operation Red Flag (2004)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
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The excitement and danger that is part of an air-force pilot's training dominates this visually exciting documentary, shot and initially exhibited in the large-format IMAX film format. Inspired by the exploits of the pilot's grandfather, a Marine flyer who served in World War II, Fighter Pilot: Operation Red is the story of John C. Stratton, a captain in the United States Air Force who is eager to become a fighter pilot. With this goal in mind, Stratton's superiors assign him to Red Flag, an

Sep 27, 2005

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The movie is something of a throwback to the early days of Imax, when the emphasis was more on awing audiences with technology that made us feel as if we actually were in the picture.

January 12, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The titular operation often yanks the film from big-screen sensation to a pedantic look at military procedures best suited to a TV documentary.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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An interesting overview of the unique-in-its-scope training exercise.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Factor in the thunderous digital surround sound, and the only thing missing is the smell of jet fuel.

December 16, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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The film is less sure-footed when on the ground, but the stunning aerobatics will blow you away, while the close-ups enhance the sense of intimacy and urgency.

December 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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An IMAX film highlighted by exhilarating sequences of simulated aerial combat.

December 10, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Timing has not been kind to Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag, a well-made movie coming out when rah-rah militarism isn't an easy sell.

January 12, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The movie's main strength is that it conveys what we might feel blasting along at 600 mph, flying under the radar, almost skimming desert rocks.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

It's curiously uninvolving for any viewer who is not already into military flight or video games.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

The film flies the fine line between edutainment and propaganda for the Air Force. Could have used more excitement, but still pretty interesting, and has its moments.

February 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Fighter Pilot is a mere snippet of entertainment, enlightening in the oversized format, but underwhelming as a thrill ride.

December 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Flies as a tribute to these heroic folks and provides a rare supersize peek at the teamwork and dangers involved in flight training.

December 10, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
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