Air America (1990)


“There’ll be another, new war opening soon in a theater near you.” – Gene

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Mar 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young hotshot pilot is sent to SouthEast Asia to help fly CIA humanitarian flights which also include drug shipments in the area.

My Take on it – This is a film that I for some reason never really had interest in seeing despite knowing about it ever since it came out nearly 30 years ago.

The idea presented here is an interesting one yet it doesn’t work at all.

They seem to try too hard to attempt to make this a cross between giving us both a dramatic and comedy spin to this story yet they ultimately should have made a choice between the two because as done, it fails at both aspects which takes away from making the story worthwhile.

The cast itself was chosen quite well with Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. both doing fine jobs here but even they can’t help make this film more engaging.

I did like the way that they present the ambiguous political policies at the time but ultimately it doesn’t manage to stay interesting long enough.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that just doesn’t work. It tries too hard to keep a balance between comedy and drama but fails to make the story worthwhile to watch.  The cast was chosen quite well but even they can’t help make this film any better. The way that they present the ambiguous political policies is interesting yet that too ultimately doesn’t remain interesting long enough.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the Special Edition DVD “Making of” documentary, there is a discussion as to how much of Air America’s plot is true, and how much is false. Some of the real-life pilots interviewed, claim that Air America did smuggle guns and drugs for the C.I.A., while others deny it, saying that the service only shipped food, medicine, and supplies. However, a historian in the documentary, asserts that only certain pilots were involved in the illegal activities. The characters of Gene and Billy are a perfect example of this. Gene, who is a bit crazy, cynical, and shady, has no problem getting involved in the illegal smuggling, so he, and pilots like him, would have been used for the real-life illegal smuggling. Whereas Billy, who is young, honest, and idealistic, would be used only for the straight supply drops, and would not be trusted for such illegal activities.  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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