Iron Eagle Reviews
Is the acting Oscar worthy: no.
Is the premise of a teenager "borrowing" an F-16 ridiculous: yes
But it's a great fun film that shouldn't be missed.
Just don't watch the sequels, they really do suck.
If you like 80's movies adn music, fighter jets or the armed forces and can watch it for what it is.. it's a fun time with some great jet footage.
To use another example if you will, this could almost be 'The Goonies in the Air Force'. A young teens father (who is a fighter pilot) gets trapped behind enemy lines after being shot down. He is up for a darn good hanging so its up to the plucky cocky good looking young teen to fly in there and bail his own dad outta jail.
Sounds ridiculous? well it is, Louis Gossett Jr tags along and assists the young boy as he himself is a grizzled old fighter pilot. With the help of more plucky young kiddies Gossett and Gedrick plan how to fly into a fictional Arab country and nab his dad. They do this with lots of very daft tacky action plans involving the kids stealing highly delicate info, ammo supplies, maps and even two jet fighters into the bargain. The young Gedrick and his friends can do all this quite easily it seems just because they all live on the Air Force base (their folks are in the Air Force of course).
As I said before they do all this with constant musical montages! When we do see some dog fights its as expected, pretty terrible looking and with some rather obvious models being blown up...badly, clearly plastic and cardboard.
Kids version of 'Top Gun' and completely family friendly apart from the odd curse word hehe. Can't believe this actually made it to the cinema in the same year as that Tony Scott film, what a difference! its more of a TV movie really. Best thing here is probably the soundtrack and the rather cool poster.
It's all rather far-fetched and the finale is rather ridiculous, but it's a good slice of 1980's cheese, complete with a soundtrack of songs, some good and some absolutely terrible. You could say the same thing about the performances too.
Always viewed as Top Gun's little brother, I think both movies are as good (or bad) as each other. At least this one doesn't take itself too seriously.