Red Tails – Movie Review

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Red Tails

Red Tails

Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Ne-Yo

Directed by Anthony Hemingway

Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 125 mins
Genre: War/ Drama/ Action
2.75 frames out of 5

Inspired by true events, Red Tails is the story of the pilots from the Tuskegee flight program. A group of African American pilots stationed in Italy during World War II were flying sub-par missions and doing the grunt work of the skies. They would shoot down cars, trains and the occasional convoy. Their commanding officer Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard) is back stateside, fighting for the opportunity for his men to engage in the fight, to really serve their country.

It’s not until a mission comes up where the Tuskegee Airmen really have a chance that they are just as good as any other pilot that serves. Will they stay cool under pressure or buckle at their first taste of true combat?

I love history. I love learning about history. I did not love this film and stay with me here. This film had so much potential to be good…so much. But I have seen this film before about 11 years ago. It was called Pearl Harbor..but now new & improved with a Top Gun Mashup. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN AN AWESOME MOVIE… but it was such a disappointment! First off, there was too much fluff in the scene set ups. The dialogue was cheesy and callbacks ran too long. (For those not privy to comedic terms, a callback is when the punch line is called back). I was waiting for the “I have a Need… A Need for Speed” line to creep in there during a fight scene but sadly was let down. Wha-whaaaaa. The acting was sub par and over done, which is a disappointment when you have 2 Academy Awards nominated/winning actors helming the group and frickin George Lucas is the producer??!!! A BIG FAT …W.T.F. coming from me. The idea was there! This would have been a really cool movie to see in 3D for the fight scenes as the cinematography during the action scenes was pretty good. I would love to see this film taken more seriously but maybe this will open the doors for another film to cover the Tuskegee training program. This movie was the comedic version of Pearl Harbor. Other than the cheesy ball lines, running about 25 minutes more than it should, I am still interested in learning about the pilots that flew in the Tuskegee program.

Things to watch for: Decent action scenes

Who should see this movie:
People wanting to see a feel-good war film.

See it in the Theater or Rent it on DVD:
Save this for the Redbox kids, not worth the price of admission.

About Lisa Minzey

Lisa Minzey is Editor in Chief of The Reel She has written for Phoenix Film Foundation, an online contributor for and is known to write a screenplay or 12. She's worked in Hollywood in various forms, but her first love is writing. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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