Red Tails - Review

SOMETHING TO PROVE Tristan Wilds, Nate Parker, and David Oyelowo in Red Tails

It's been 26 years since Top Gun, but the dogfights in that absurdly entertaining Reagan-era classic have lost none of their speed-demon zap. That said, Top Gun lets you know that you're basically watching a videogame with actors. Not so with Red Tails, a lavishly square historical drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, the very first African-American military pilots, who served in segregated units during World War II. The movie has potent sequences of aerial combat that recall Tom Cruise and his flyboys bombarding evil out of the air. Here, though, the planes zoom close to the ground, with the tree-lined hills of Italy looming up behind them. The actors really appear to be flying, and that gives the Airmen's brushes with the enemy — even when they're just providing ''escort'' cover for white pilots — a heart-in-the-throat, you-are-there quality. Plus, they do get to bomb a few Nazi planes. Read More...,,20556657,00.html 


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