Sunday, December 5, 2010

1980 - THE FINAL COUNTDOWN, entertaining, extended Twilight Zone rehash

Captain Kirk Douglas, commander of the USS Nimitz and his crew go through a time portal in the Pacific ocean end up right before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  Captain Kirk (?)  then has to decide if he should intervene in the Pearl Harbor attack which might change history.

This film really is a remake of a Twilight Zone episode, with a typical 1980's cast with actors like Ron"Superfly" O'Neal, James Farentino, Katherine Ross and Martin Sheen. The film looks like it was filmed entirely on location aboard the USS Nimitz, or some other carrier, which is probably the main point of interest about the film.   Maurice Binder, who did the title designs on the first 14 James Bond films, did the modest if cool looking time travel effects.

The F-14 Tomcat, the same plane Tom Cruise flew in his Homo-erotic Navy fantasy Top Gun, is featured in this film.  There is one scene where one of the F-14's appears to stall out and nearly hit the ocean which is a pretty gutsy flying stunt with the taxpayer's money. 

Professionally made, uninspired, decent time killer.

103 minutes

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