Genre: Historical action drama
Premise: A group of heroic African-American pilots in the Tuskegee training program battle segregation on the ground and Nazis in the air.
Behind-the-Scenes: Executive producer George Lucas tried to get this movie made for the better part of 20 years. Rumor has it that, unhappy with director Anthony Hemingway's work, Lucas himself took to directing several of the reshoots.
The Good: The story of the Tuskegee Airmen is one worth telling. The aerial combat scenes have a kick to them, despite the heavy use of CGI.
The Bad: The script is full of hackneyed cliches and one-dimensional portraits of both racism and heroism during World War II. Jingoistic and simplistic to a fault. There are a number of talented young actors here, but they come across poorly thanks to heavy-handed dialogue that's all surface, no substance. The two stars (Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard) are respectively stuck chomping on a pipe, and speechifying.
Should You See It?: No. The Tuskegee Airmen deserve better than this. Check out the 1995 HBO movie starring Laurence Fishburne instead.
Rating: ** out of 5 stars.