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1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces; the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options -- including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home; they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds; with something to prove and everything to lose; these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country -- and the fate of the free world.
Aerial spectacle gives this World War II drama a lift. Based on the true adventures of the Tuskegee Airmen, who battled Nazis in the air and racism on the ground, Red Tails is built around four pilots, each with a character-type-appropriate nickname: the daredevil is named Lightning (David Oyelowo), the likable boozer is Easy (Nate Parker), the kid trying to prove himself is Junior (Tristan Wilds), and the joker is called, uhm, Joker (Elijah Kelley). While these four chafe at their lousy assignments at the front, Colonel Bullard (Terrence Howard, applying his steely rasp to fervent, inspirational speeches) fights back in Washington to give these men a chance to prove themselves… and when they get that chance, prove themselves they do. This is a crucial bit of history--racial integration in the military was a key step leading to the civil rights movement decades later. Regrettably, this powerful material has been reduced to ham-fisted clichés, groaning under the weight of clumsy exposition. Such flimsy hokum is particularly surprising coming from co-screenwriter Aaron McGruder, creator of the sharply satirical The Boondocks; one suspects that the heavy hand of producer George Lucas was a factor. Nonetheless, when Red Tails takes to the air, the movie--like the pilots--shows its mettle. Though the digital effects are inexplicably uneven, the dizzying dogfight choreography will make your nerves tingle. --Bret Fetzer
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The focus on a few men involved in this part of the Tuskegee Airmen's role in the air war over Germany is to be expected, but the true intensity of their efforts to be an active part of the war and their deadly involvement therein is lacking. A good story, but just that - a simple story. A bit maudlin in places, which could have been avoided by better scripting.
The best aspects of the DVD are depictions of the conditions and equipment that were in existence during the times of the war. Some of the computer graphics utilized leave a good deal to be desired - much too realistic to have been shot by gun cameras and the like of the time, or now for that matter, and, as a result, tend to be "cartoonish." Overall, however, film reasonably well done and accurate as to equipment.
Not recommended for purchase by this reviewer except for collection purposes.
I really insane love to watched good movie so I'm full deaf seriously and love watched using " CC " - closed cation . No problem whooo !!! I love it.. A Big thumbs up !!! and high-5-stars !!!!
I was upset there 2 movies of name is " Red Tails: the story of the Tuskegee Airman and Red Tails reborn - special edition " they not have nothing closed caption , " CC " made me an stress upset a lot cuz i'm full deaf !!!! no reason to bought it . waste my $$$$ huhuhuhuhuh..
Portrayed the discrimination and bias faced by these men, balanced with the determination, courage and perserverence they displayed not ony to prove the naysayers wrong, but to do their duty, going above and beyond in defending this country, and the world against Hitler and the Nazi's.
The only reason I gave 4 instead of 5 stars, was it could have been a little less personal relationships in the end, and a little more reflective of their accomplishment's and success of their mission into--well, that would spoil it, so you'll have to watch.
Has peaked my interest, now I'm going to have to read up on them
On the this Memorial Day 58 years after these men battled more than just Hitler's Nazi's, Hats off to the 332nd.
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