The Final Countdown (1980)


“Still think it’s a dream?” – Lasky

“It’s a nightmare.” – Captain Yelland

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – An aircraft carrier and its crew are somehow transported back in time to the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor in 941 and must deal with the dilemma of possibly tampering with history.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about before coming across is by accident and was pleasantly surprised that it deals with the theme of time travel which has always been a favorite of mine.

The premise is presented quite well yet they unfortunately don’t spend enough time developing things satisfactorily.

The cast is great and is led by Martin Sheen and Kirk Douglas who get to debate the pros and cons of time travel and time paradoxes.

The various interactions between old and new technologies is fun to watch and they do a great job establishing the various technological and tactical advancements made over the years.

The film has a nice side plot that deals with the character of Charles During as a powerful US Senator and his personal staff.

They are able to weave these characters and their story line in really well within the fabric of history that leaves things feeling quite plausible and believable the whole way through.

There are definitely lots of better films dealing with time travel yet they still find a way to keep this one enjoyable throughout.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that isn’t developed well enough. Great cast with Sheen and Douglas getting to debate the pros and cons of time travel. The way that they show the various interactions between the modern and “older” technologies works quite well in establishing part of the advancements made over the years. The side story with Durning and his staff also is weaved really well into the fabric of history that it seems quite plausible and believable the whole way through. There are lots of better films about time travel but this one still manages to get enough right along the way in order to make it enjoyable throughout. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Reportedly, the filming wrapped early on the U.S.S. Nimitz as it was recalled to its home base so that it could take on the helicopters and crew that were used in the ill-fated “Operation Eagle Claw”, the attempt to rescue the U.S. Embassy Iranian Hostages in 1980. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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