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    New WW2 Movie: Red Tails

    There is a new WW2 movie coming out called "Red Tails" scheduled for release January 20/2012 that chronicles the true story and unbelievable heroism courage & skill of the Tuskegee airmen.

    https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikiped...wiki/Red_Tails

    and the trailer looks spectacular can't wait to see this film on the big screen...

    http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1780522521/
    New Book Release:

    "Amazing Airmen": "Canadian Flyers In The Second World War"

    www.amazingairmen.com

  • #2
    I've seen the trailer for this and it looks good. This will definitely be a film I watch, simply because it's World War II.

    -Matt
    SGT, 210th MP Battalion, 2nd MP BDE, MSSG

    Fervently PRO-TRUMP, anti-Islam and anti-Steelers!

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    • #3
      After Red Tails does anyone know when the next WW2 film will be released?

      Thanks in advance.
      New Book Release:

      "Amazing Airmen": "Canadian Flyers In The Second World War"

      www.amazingairmen.com

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      • #4
        Red Tails

        The Montreal Gazette daily newspaper movie critic gave one star (out of 5) to Red Tails, mentioning that it was too full of clichés and did not really give the African Americans pilots their right due.

        I don't necessarily follow movie critics' opinions in my choice of movies, although the 1 out of 5 stars did surprise me.

        I was looking forward to see this movie, being a WW2 aviation buff and all.

        Anyone see the movie yet and share their opinion of the movie?

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        • #5
          I am almost glad he rated it that low.... I like honest people. The merits of the black pilots stand on their own they don't need a Hollywood show.

          My worst jump story:
          My 13th jump was on the 13th day of the month, aircraft number 013.
          As recorded on my DA Form 1307 Individual Jump Log.
          No lie.

          ~
          "Everything looks all right. Have a good jump, eh."
          -2 Commando Jumpmaster

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          • #6
            Not to spoil it for anyone...but we caught Red Tails on opening day today and this was one of the best WW2 films i have ever seen! Highly suggest seeing this movie on the big screen just phenominal. George Lucas & Red Tails - 5 Stars!!!!!

            To those who served and to those who did not return home thank you and God Bless our veterans.

            They fought for us and a better world never forget them.
            New Book Release:

            "Amazing Airmen": "Canadian Flyers In The Second World War"

            www.amazingairmen.com

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            • #7
              Now Showing: Red Tails

              “Red Tails” has everything that is wrong with a Hollywood history movie. It takes a story it claims is “inspired by true events” and uses those true events to structure an edifice of sappitude. In the tradition of atrocities like “Wind Talkers”, you can check off all the aspects that depress war movie lovers like me. Trite musical score – check. Sappy dialogue – check. Cliches – check. Stereotype characters – check. Gross exaggeration of historical events – check. Ridiculously over the top explosions – check. Pious moralizing – check. Evil Nazi antagonist – check. Tacked in romance - check.

              The movie begins with the unit limited to ground missions which at least allows them to blow up a train with lots of pyrotechnics. We are introduced to the usual stereotypes. The two main characters are “Lightning” Little (David Oyelowo) hot shot pilot, ladies man, disobedient (you know the type) and “Easy” Julian (Nate Parker) – bottle-hitter with daddy issues. Not to mention the super religious guy (Black Jesus fan), the field hand (for comic relief), the rookie, the grumpy crew chief, etc. We bounce back and forth from the air base to the Pentagon where the racists are trying to disband the unit because they do not shoot down German fighters. How can they when they aren’t given a chance?! (“Glory” be!)

              When they are given a chance we are treated to set pieces that include their incredibly successful first dogfight (reminiscent of “Fly Boys” CGI whirling chaos), the strafe-destruction of an air field, the strafe-destruction of a German destroyer by “Lightning”, and a tangle with German jet fighters (which includes a duel between Lightning and Pretty Boy!). You get to catch your breath in between with the requisite romance between “Lightning” and a white Italian woman named Sophia (Daniella Ruah), Pentagon racism versus simmering give-us-a-chance-you-racist-bastard posturing, conflict between the hot shot and the rule-follower, and trite airmen banter.

              The big breakthrough comes when the 332nd Fighter Group volunteers to provide close escort for the white bomber crews. Do you think they will gain the respect of the white crews? Will there be a scene where one of the blacks is refused admittance to an officers’ club followed later by a scene where the blacks are bonhommed at the same club? Guess.

              If you took a shot every time someone says something cringe-inducing in this movie, you would be drunk very soon. Here’s a very limited sampler:
              “They done shot down the whole Luftwaffer.”
              “Lightning, when are you going to learn this is not a game?”
              “How you like that, Mr. Hitler?”
              “Die, you foolish African” (spoken by the Nazi “Pretty Boy”)

              Surprisingly, the “true events” are ball-park true. They were limited to just ground missions which resulted in talk of disbanding based on lack of kills. They did participate in ground support for the invasion of Pantelleria (Operation Shingle in the movie). They did sink a destroyer. They did earn a reputation for disciplined escorting of bombers. They did successfully take on ME-262’s in a raid on a tank parts factory outside Berlin. The problem is all of these are grossly exaggerated in the movie.

              The Tuskegee Airmen deserve a good movie. Now they have two strikes against them and it is highly unlikely they will ever get their just reward. George Lucas’ “Red Tails” is the second strike (the first was HBOs “Tuskegee Airmen” which is arguably a better movie). I had eagerly waited for this movie because I teach about the Tuskegee Airmen, but the commercials gave me an inkling of my disappointment (although the CGI was not that bad in the movie) and then there was a pre-movie trailer for the new 3D “The Phantom Menace” to remind me of the damage Lucas is capable of. Premonition confirmed.

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              • #8
                Might live on Ramen for a month, but I plan on seeing this in the theaters.

                -Matt
                SGT, 210th MP Battalion, 2nd MP BDE, MSSG

                Fervently PRO-TRUMP, anti-Islam and anti-Steelers!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RAF21 View Post
                  Not to spoil it for anyone...but we caught Red Tails on opening day today and this was one of the best WW2 films i have ever seen! Highly suggest seeing this movie on the big screen just phenominal. George Lucas & Red Tails - 5 Stars!!!!!

                  To those who served and to those who did not return home thank you and God Bless our veterans.

                  They fought for us and a better world never forget them.
                  That good huh? I'll have to catch it now.

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                  • #10
                    I'll wait for the DVD. I'm a little leery of a WW2 movie showing (in the trailer) the pilots standing in a circle and doing an almost football rave-up (chanting) ala Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens or Drew Brees and the Saints. Makes me think it was added for today's audience. I doubt very seriously that really happened.
                    Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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                    • #11
                      There's two Red Tails threads going here. Can we get a mod to merge them?
                      Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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                      • #12
                        Before you get too excited, you might want to check my review on the thread: "NOW SHOWING: Red Tails"

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                        • #13
                          Scathing review and thanks for confirming my suspicions.
                          Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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                          • #14
                            3 Threads Merged

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                            • #15
                              I read a review yesterday saying the dialgue is wooden, but the action scenes are apparenty unreal, may be worth the cost of admission alone.
                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpA6TC0T_Lw
                              Last edited by Spear; 21 Jan 12, 19:32.

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