Running time: 85 minutes
Commander Dan Collier recalls the events that took place during World War 2 as he was preparing the new group of pilots to their first combat mission as US Navy was closing on Philippines.
In 1944 US Navy was preparing to retake Philippines from Japanese, which required a lot of preparations and a lot of effort. One of the new aircraft carriers is closing to join the fleet, aboard new pilots are preparing for their first combat mission under command of Dan Collier. Collier is a very strict officer, he demands discipline and prefers hard training as the way to the success. The pilots are tired and begin to complain, but the second in command Lieutenant Joe Rodgers keeps reminding them that Collier is among the best pilots in the navy. The style of the two pilots is completely different - Rodgers acts like an older colleague for them rather than a superior. Young pilot Barney Smith makes a shaky landing and ignores the signals of the crew to make another approach. Collier do not hesitate and grounds Smith, even when Rodgers tries to appeal to him, he sticks to his decision that ignoring the signals may be dangerous to whole operation and thus Smith will not be part taking part in the mission.
American war film that takes place on Pacific during World War 2 aboard a aircraft carrier. Unfortunately the story lacks originality (is almost identical to Run Silent Run Deep, The Caine Mutiny, Away All Boats, Take the Higher Ground! and several others from the era) - two officers, one very strict, one a father-figure for the soldiers, but they both try to prepare the unit for upcoming dangerous mission. While some of the scenes were filmed aboard a active service aircraft carrier, some of them were footage from World War 2, the film lacks realism and any historical accuracy (f.e. aircraft carrier crosses the Pacific without escort, joins the fleet but still has no escort, during air strike there are no fighters left to defend the carrier).
Our rating: 5.2 / 10
Film value: 4 / 10
Realism factor: 3 / 5
Adventure factor: 3 / 5
Historical accuracy factor: 3 / 5
War films are not always showing the war per se - often the main theme is the influence of the conflict on lives of people involved, but also their families and friends. War is seldom a local thing - the trauma, the pain, the death they put their mark on people from around the world.
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