The Final Countdown

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Directed byDon Taylor

Year: 1980

Plot: What if USS Nimitz, one of the largest ships in the world, a floating fortress with an immense potential for destruction, was sucked up by an early CGI magnetic storm and found itself in the vicinity of Pearl Harbor on the eve of Japanese invasion? Apparently, not much, actually.

Pros: High-octane shots of powerful engines, and a pretty neat sequence of two F14 Tomcats first trailing, then fighting two brand new Mitsubishi Zero A6M in mint condition (speed-watch to min.47).

Cons: Trivia about the making of ‘The Final Countdown” are much more interesting than the movie itself. Like the fact that it was filmed on the actual USS Nimitz, that they recycled footage from “Tora!Tora!Tora!“, or that the sole fight scene almost ended in a crash of a jet plane (screaming save at 100 ft above the surface of the water). Kirk Douglass is so cool, or so blasé, that his reaction to being thrown 40-years back in time seems more suitable to discovering that someone took the last Swet’N Low from a sugar bowl.  Martin Sheen looks at best severely constipated throughout the ordeal, the facial expression that Leonardo DiCaprio has since made his own.

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