Red Tails

2012 "High-Octane Action and Daring Dogfights!"
5.9| 2h5m| PG-13| en| More Info
Released: 19 January 2012 Released
Producted By: Lucasfilm
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The story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II.

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SpuffyWeb Sadly Over-hyped
Griff Lees Very good movie overall, highly recommended. Most of the negative reviews don't have any merit and are all pollitically based. Give this movie a chance at least, and it might give you a different perspective.
Guillelmina The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
Marva It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film, with one of the more memorable film scores in years,
amirrajenkins Black men saving the world...sounds like a pretty good action movie! The Red Tails gives you multiple superheros. They risked their lives so they could make a difference and a BIG CHANGE in history. The all black male cast provided us with an exceptional and unbelievable experience. Despite the major differences between folks at that time and the lack of confidence others had in them the Tuskegee Red Tails never let it get to them, in fact, it motivated them to do better. The movie "Red Tails" was directed by Anthony Hemingway who is a black successful man. It was sponsored by over 50 companies that helped with the production. The movie had really good actors and the star actors are Cuba Gooding Jr., Gerald McRaney, and David Oyelowo. The leading actors are Nate Parker who plays 'Easy' , David Oyelowo who plays 'Lightning' , and Terrence Howard who plays colonel A.J. Bullard. The movie was released on January 20, 2012. It made over $50,000,00 in profits! The movie focuses on the Tuskegee Airmen, as known as the Red Tails, and their challenges they faced during World War II. The movie symbolizes the courageous, brave, and remarkable men and shines a light on the struggles of a African American person in the military in those times. Red Tails is about the Tuskegee Airmen and their journey within WWII. There are many internal and external issues within the characters. Each character in the story plays an important role of the movie. Terrence Howard, who plays colonel A.J. Bullard, plays the character that helps get the Red Tails into real action in the war. Nate Parker, who plays 'Easy', plays the part of the Leader of the Red Tail. He also has a problem that causes his to make a decision of his life. David Oyelowo, who plays 'Lightning', plays the part of a fearless and reckless flyer. Despite his love life he also has to overcome a decision that'll change his life. I absolutely love this movie. My favorite part of the movie was when the white air pilots invited the red tails into the bar for a drink and while they were talking Ne-Yo, who plays' Smokey', said "When you get upset, when you get mad, you turn red, right? When you get envious, or sick, you turn green. When you become cowardly, you turn yellow; and y'all got the nerve to call us colored?". I felt that! He was so right! I definitely recommend this movie! Especially to the African American community. I recommend this movie because it demonstrates the significance of the Tuskegee Airmen and their challenging journey. As an African American young lady I had no knowledge about the Red Tails in WWII. They played just as big of a role as the white pilots did! This movie showed and proved their greatness. They made history even through the segregation, hatred, and so much more they made sure they committed to the promise of making a change in history.
sergelamarche This film is not into realism. It doesn't even look like racism was real. I would have given less stars but the flying looked good, and the planes looked like they were flying.
rdoyle29 This film opens with a CGI aerial battle that is literally of the quality I would expect from a direct-to-DVD film by a company like The Asylum. It's shockingly embarrassing for a theatrical release with a $58 million budget. Even the font used in the titles smells like a no budget film. It does get better than this, but not as much as it should. Explosions are all CGI and don't look like they exist in the same plane as the physical objects. Oddly, every German pilot in this film appears to be exactly the same person. Effects aside, this film is intended to play more like a 1950's era war movie than a modern one. That's a valid choice, but it doesn't play like a good one. The story is, on the face of it, an interesting one, but the narrative strokes are so unbelievably broad that the film really doesn't progress after the basic plot setup is done. Some of the actors do a pretty fine job given the one dimensionality of their characters (David Oyelowo is particularly good), but they have precious little to work with.
Leofwine_draca RED TAILS is George Lucas's throwback to old-fashioned war films where the emphasis is on action over complex storytelling and the like. I know this film was panned on release but I found myself enjoying it regardless, at least on a superficial level. It's not on par with something moving like GLORY but it does tick all of the right boxes and even though parts of the story are clichéd, I was still engaged in the tale.The script is nothing to write home about, playing out all of the usual characters from the wild man fighter ace to the gruff but proud officer and the rookie. The cast is undistinguished with only Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard standing out as the guys at the top. However, RED TAILS does offer plentiful action, and it's a lot better than I was expecting. Yes, Lucas is still obsessed with CGI, and absolutely everything in this film is a CGI effect (including a football!) but so much money has been spent in post production that the effects look remarkably good. This is a thrilling, old-fashioned adventure and one I had no qualms about enjoying. It's certainly better than the STAR WARS prequels...