Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1990. Orion Pictures. Screenplay by Chuck Pfarrar, Gary Goldman. Cinematography by John A. Alonzo. Produced by Brenda Feigen, Bernard Williams. Music by Sylvester Levay. Production Design by Guy J. Comtois, Veronica Hadfield. Costume Design by Brad R. Loman. Film Editing by Don Zimmerman.
A group of highly trained lugs in the Navy’s SEALs division, the most rigorously trained soldiers in the entire American army, go on a mission to save victims of a downed helicopter in a vaguely Middle Eastern country. They notice that the bad guys are in possession of some very dangerous nuclear missiles, but while knowing that destroying these weapons would be a very good idea, the boys barely manage to have time to save their fellow soldiers before heading home intact. Their superiors are disappointed by their performance, prompting the group’s leader (Michael Biehn, in a surprisingly vapid performance) to insist on going back into the danger zone and accomplishing the mission of blowing up the nukes. Remnants of plot elements from movies like Top Gun (including Charlie Sheen‘s loose cannon bad boy) are painfully recycled into a boring mess, one that only ever shows signs of life in a few of the exciting action sequences. Joanne Whalley (then –Kilmer) is underused as a half-Lebanese reporter who helps the boys with some top secret information, showing off the screenplay’s worst qualities by dropping her out of sight by the film’s last third. None of the behaviour displayed by the soldiers is anywhere near as convincing as Ridley Scott’s G.I. Jane, and the dialogue often veers on the embarrassing.