I also liked how they brought back Ving Rhames (Luther Stickell) because he’s a lot of fun. Weaknesses: Pretty much everything else is rough. Thandie Newton (Nyah Nordoff-Hall) is brought in as the main love interest. She’s not terrible in it, but the character is awful. She jumps into bed with Ethan almost instantly and he’s risking his life for her within minutes. That relationship is bad and doesn’t feel earned at all, so I can’t buy into any of his motivations. The plot is very bland and uninteresting. There’s bad dialogue everywhere you turn. The main villain, played by Dougray Scott (Sean Ambrose) is also uninteresting. Overall: The action scenes work well enough and keep this from being dreadful. The rest of it is one giant mess. The worst installment of the franchise.
AKA Black Eagle, Soar Into the Sun, Windfighters, is a remake of a Korean movie from the 60's. Not having seen that, it reminds me a lot of Top Gun. Rain (Korea's Justin Timberlake) takes the role of Tom Cruise, a daredevil pilot that flies too close to things and gets people to spill coffee. The planes are more advanced, Rain flies an F-15 Eagle instead of an F-14 Tomcat (which foreshadowed TomKat). The enemies are real MiG-29s, instead of fictional MiG-28s. Cool shots of a battle over Seoul, too long and dramatic. Intense dogfights and some beautiful slow-mo make for some exhilarating action scenes.
User 2 Review:
Nice production values and a cute romance can't save Return to Base: Black Eagle from falling into cliche territory. Its steeped in extreme melodrama, and is ferociously manipulative by developing a side character and his engagement, only to kill him off for forced emotion. The film has American soldiers who try to get in the heroes way, and even have most of the cast in anxious mode at the end when the hero doesn't immediately return, when we know full well he will. It blatantly rips off Top Gun, but at a lengthy 2 hours it never gets very exciting or memorable.
User 3 Review:
Takes more than a few cues from Top Gun and Behind Enemy Lines, but mashes with it some tried and true Korean romance and comedy sub plots. It feels like this is a movie made by a guy who always wanted to do a fighter jet movie all his life and when he got the chance, just had to squeeze very single thing he loved about jet movies into it. The result is a movie that could use a bit of trimming down, but it has some pretty good aerial scenes (not bad CG either). The movie is long, and though it never really reaches 'edge-of-your-seat' excitement, also never gets boring. Asian directors need to learn how to direct English speaking actors or just stop putting them in movies, though. Just awful English acting.
User 4 Review:
This is a Korean attempt to create an international blockbuster and they did a very good job considering they only had a budget of only $10,000,000. It is a good ensemble cast and the flying action sequences are excellent. I think that Rain ( one of Asia's great superstars) could have been used more effectively and his character more fully developed but besides that it is a very good show.