Iron Eagle Reviews
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.
The lead character is a douchebag. He might look tough in the poster, but he's really a whiny brat. He has a hot girlfriend, but their relationship gets about as much screen time as it takes to show a hug. Seriously, there is zero romance between them.
Gossett Jr. is in there to sound cool I guess. He does his cliched angry man thing he does so well, and it's kind of unclear how these two even pull off the mission in the end. I mean, a bunch of kids fool the Government? Ummm...okay.
The plane footage is okay. But the editing makes it look cheap. Clearly any planes that get blown up are models...that is obvious, but I liked how they would basically show someone hit the FIRE button and the other planes would just explode. No filler shots of the bomb shooting at the other planes. In fact, on the few times they do show a missile launch, they just fall straight down. Really?
I will say that the cast is a lot of famous faces from the 80s, they are mostly just wasted. You got Larry B. Scott from the Nerds movies, Tom Fridley from Friday The 13th 6, Robbie Rist from Brady Bunch, Tim Tomerson, Shawnee Smith, and the little brother was Melvin from Tremors!!!
There is just nothing special here at all, especially since it came out the same year as the great TOP GUN. It's far too cheesy...it can be entertaining, but nothing serious.