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THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (1980)
It was time to watch this guilty pleasure again, having stumbled a pretty decent HD copy of it on Amazon Prime. I’m a sucker for sci-fi, time travel and a movie with a good gimmick. This one has all three going for it, and I hadn’t seen this flick since before the century turned, so what the heck. The Final Countdown also has a solid cast of veteran actors playing this material with JUST enough do-you-believe-this incredulity that it works as camp, or straightforward. Kirk Douglas is the captain of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz, out doing training exercises or something not far from Pearl Harbor. Suddenly, a storm pops up – but nothing like anyone’s ever seen before! It looks like a funnel turning madly in circles and before you can say “Time Tunnel” the ship is pulled through and the storm is over. But the Nimitz can’t reach anyone on the radio, they find what they figure are very old rebroadcasts of The Jack Benny Show on the AM band and three of their scout planes find authentic (and hostile) Japanese Zeros heading for Hawaii. Can it be – they’ve been pulled back in time, to December 6th, 1941?? Guess what? Douglas realizes pretty quickly that the Nimitz has enough firepower to STOP the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But do they actually go through with it?
Like I said, a great cast makes this fun and exciting, including Martin Sheen as a Department of Defense observer who pushes for the Nimitz to change history; James Farentino as a ship’s officer who is also writing a book about the attack (and has pictures from 1941 that match the reconnaissance photos taken that day); Charles Durning as a 1941 era senator who was reported missing and presumed dead the day the Nimitz appeared – but they may have screwed up history good by rescuing him (and Katherine Ross) from the waters near his yacht that the Zeros attacked and destroyed; even Ron O’Nell, Superfly himself, turns up as another Nimitz officer. The U-S Navy and Department of Defense helped in the making of this pic, so there are a LOT of shots of planes taking off, landing, flying, you name it. Almost half Navy promotional film, half sci-fi pic. Yep perhaps it’s silly but I loved the premise and this is slick, fun entertainment with plenty of time paradoxes to make me happy (some are even discussed by the crew). Recommended if you like this sort of thing.
Oh and don’t miss the 40-year-old dog!
TLA’s one word review: throwback
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