Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) is a down on his luck racing pilot. His newest plane has just been shot out of the air as he flew over a car chase between gangster muscle and the FBI, and finally he crashes on the runway, where those in the chase end up in his way and make it a more interesting landing. The gangsters had just stolen a top secret rocket pack, and the FBI want it back, not wanting to be caught with the package, the gangster hides it in an old plane. That’s where Cliff finds it. And then he uses it. The gangsters, the Feds, and a Hollywood star (Timothy Dalton) all want this jet pack and will stop at nothing to get it. And that includes kidnapping Cliff’s girl, Jenny (Jenifer Connelly).
The biggest let down for all of this is the special effects. I know, they didn’t have the same technology we have today, but surely they could’ve done better on this one. I could’ve sworn that I’d seen better in the nineties. It is that bad, and since the flying is such an important part of this film, it really stands out.
However, the story is epic. A classic all American standing up to a Nazi spy during the second world war. Love it. Lots of heroism.
The script has its moments. A little bulk standard at times, but it then comes back swinging with just that one perfect come back, and it happens at the right moment from the right character.
Cliff is talented, but he’s a clutz and will cause more problems by trying to help, than actually solve them. It’s refreshing not to have a clean cut hero all the time. He’s fun. The type of guy we girls would love to date; rough around the edges but absolutely sweet, and a nice ass.
But I’m not jealous of Jenny for having Cliff, I’m jealous of her wardrobe! I want every single piece. The perfect 1930’s Hollywood glam. If only I knew how to do that make up. Hmph.
If you’ve been keeping up with the movies from this year’s challenge, then you too will be shocked with the appearances of other actors we’ve seen before. A little weird seeing them, but that’s just me.
A great film to watch for a good laugh. Definitely go out and find a copy and keep it in your collection because there will be times when you’re not sure what to watch and then hey, you spot this one and slip it into the player and remember why it was so good. Just please forgive the special effects, they didn’t mean to be that crappy.