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Possibly the worst movie about WWII ever made.
, May 25, 2012
This review is from: Red Tails (DVD)
I have just rented this movie on cable. Here is the rundown- not a single scene in this "historically inspired" movie (other than the racism) is remotely accurate. This is Lucasfilm filming the Rebel Alliance fighting the evil Imperial TIE fighters again. the combat scenes aren't even remotely representative of reality: aircrews did not talk to each other the way they do in this movie (training takes over and pilots know what to do- they don't spend half a minute deciding to make a turn so that the wingman can take out the German because in that half a minute the fight will be over and the pilot who is busy thinking sand discussing tactics will be dead), fighter escorts did not abandon bomber formations until the "Red Tails" showed up. (Until the P-51 Mustangs appeared on the scene, of course, fighters did not have the range to escort bombers all the way to their targets anyway.) German fighters did not attack bomber formations as a tight group of 10-20 fighters (a nice tight bunch to shoot at ensuring that at least some of the German fighters would be downed by bomber gunners on the pass). In the early part of the movie American P-40s down several ME-109s. This would only have happened if the ME-109s were piloted by the worst pilots in the Luftwaffe and the P-40s were flown by the best American pilots: the ME-109s were faster and more agile by far, and had far superior climbing rates (the P-40 was obsolete before the War began). There is a scene where the inchoate Red Tails destroy a Luftwaffe base. The base looked like something out of the 1960s, not like an aerodrome of WWII. Of course the German pilots are wooden, souless killers devoid of emotion. The Red Tails themselves do not act like officers or even enlistedmen- never do we lose the sense that they are actors as they are devoid of all military bearing. Individual B-17s turn out of formation and head for home with battle damage - not a surer way for the pilot of the B-17 to commit suicide or at least guarantee the loss of aircraft ( a lone B-17 would stand no chance as German fighters had cannon that could shoot at the bommbers beyond the range of the machine guns of the bombers- only by staying in formation and covering each other could the bombers hope to survive their missions).
Why couldn't Lucasfilm have taken the truly inspiring story of the Tuskeegee airmen and filmed a movie that reflected the reality of air combat?? This movie makes a mockery of a very important chapter of race relations in America ( the begining of the end of a very sad and disgraceful chpater of American history) I would say it's conection to reality is about the same as Hogan's Heroe and McHale's Navy- maybe worse because it pretends to be accurate.
Advice- buy the DVd very used (under $5 at least) or watch in pay per view- if you really have two hours of your life that you want to waste watching this and feel strongly that you will not resent the fact that you will never get those two hours back!
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