The Rocketeer (1991)

Director: Joe Johnston

Writer: Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, William Dear (Screenplay) Dave Stevens (Graphic Novel)

Starring: Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino, Terry O’Quinn, Ed Lauter, James Handy

 

Plot: A young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero.


Tagline – Three years before the United States declares war, Cliff Secord leads America’s first battle against the Nazis.

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Adventure Film

 

Story: The Rocketeer starts in 1938 as young pilot Cliff (Campbell) and his engineer Peevy (Arkin) find a mysterious jetpack in one of their planes after a group of mobsters crash in their airstrip. Neville Sinclair (Dalton) wants the rocket and has Eddie Valentine (Sorvino) and his men try to retrieve it.

With Neville turning out to be one of the biggest stars in an emerging Hollywood, Cliff’s girlfriend Jenny (Connelly) has a part in his latest movie, which brings him to the attention of Neville and his goons, once he uses the jetpack to save a friend.

 

Thoughts on The Rocketeer

 

Characters – Cliff is a quiet, shy and clumsy pilot, well clumsy on land, he has a blossoming romance with aspiring actress, he is always trying to prove he is the best in the sky and when he gets his hands on a jetpack he becomes the Rocketeer. Jenny is the aspiring actress that has only been getting small roles and only wishes Cliff would support her dreams more. Peevy is the engineer that can fix anything for Cliff, he watches him risk his life and knows he can handle himself. Neville Sinclair is a big-name actor in Hollywood, he wants to get his hands on the jetpack and will use his goons to get his hands on it.

PerformancesBilly Campbell is good in this leading role, you can see the innocent reactions in his eyes. Jennifer Connelly is good even if she is just mainly the damsel to Cliff’s character. Alan Arkin does get to have fun in his role, while Timothy Dalton works well as the primary villain in the film.

StoryThe story here follows a young man that suddenly gets the equipment to make him superhuman with the addition of the jetpack, though the mob are also after the jetpack and he must protect his friends from his secret. This is adapted from a graphic novel and you can see this as it is mostly an origin story about how Cliff became the Rocketeer. When it comes to the villains we get cliched mob figures throughout which is fine, but soon becomes tiresome with their reactions to everything going on. This is however a fun story that can be enjoyed throughout.

Action/Adventure/Sci-FiThe action in the film is a lot of fun because it is wildly over the top and fits the comic book ideas we are now used too. The adventure takes Cliff from a small time role of a pilot to one of the most wanted men in Hollywood and not for the good reasons. The sci-fi elements from the film come from the inclusion of the jetpack and how it comes from the mind of Howard Hughes.

SettingsThe film is set in Hollywood where we have the rise of mobsters in the corrupt on the early stages of Hollywood are shown through the use of the settings.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are good for the most part, the flying sequences are a step forward from the old school Superman films and have dated when it comes to modern film stylings.


Scene of the Movie –
First time with the Rocket.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The mobsters feel too cliched.

Final ThoughtsThis is a nice fun film that can be enjoyed, it has dated in places but for a time when comic book movies didn’t come along that often this shows you can make them fun without them being connected.

 

Overall: Fun from start to finish.

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Red Factions: Origins (TV Movie) (2011)

posterDirector: Michael Nankin

Writer: Andrew Kreisberg (Screenplay) Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo (Story)

Starring: Brian J. Smith, Danielle Nicolet, Kate Vernon, Tamzin Merchant, Devon Graye, Gordon Kennedy, Gareth David-Lloyd, Tamer Hassan, Robert Patrick

 

Story: On Mars in the year 2145 there is two factions, The Colonist and The Marauders. With both being rivals but not at war when Alec Mason (Patrick) marries a marauder certain frowns are shown leading to some murdering Alec’s wife and daughter Lyra. His son Jake (Smith) gets away and becomes part of the military. On a routine mission Jake sees an unknown enemy which to his astonishment one of the soldiers is his long lost sister Lyra (Merchant). With no one believing him can he prove she is still alive and bring her home.

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Verdict: You see the term based on a video game and you simply have to think will this be another poor attempt at turning a favourite game into a film. It would be fair to say if this was a game it wouldn’t be very interesting, but this is a sequel to the game trying to show how the character become who they are in the game. The acting doesn’t add anything to this and is not of any good standard with a complete mix of accents which in the world created should all be similar. The story itself is actually a positive for this film but in truth this would be some form of let down for all the games fans maybe they could have taken a page out of the Resident Evil series and make an animated film to get the characters over more.

 

Action: A few fights but nothing stands out (6/10)

Sci-Fi: For a future film this doesn’t look too much like anything has changed (6/10)

Special Effects: again no uses of any special effects that make you look twice (4/10)

Suggestion: This was quite poor for a movie and only a real select audience would be interested in this. I personally watched because I do like to see how video games turn into film be it good or bad. If you do too then I would say give it a watch. (5/10)

 

Star Performance:  No one does anything to make you go well that was good this person could go onto bigger things.

Favourite Character:  Corvallis (Kennedy) funny lines and against his kinds beliefs

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Poor Performance:  Where do I start I will go with Brian J Smith as he tries to hard without being believable in the role

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Least Favourite Character: Lyra Dull character that is also typical misled heroine

 

Best Part: Jake introduction as it makes it look like he is going to be some form of bad ass.

Worst Part: The fact he isn’t and the rest of the film

 

Similar Too: Far Cry, Alone In The Dark, Doom

 

Overall: Video game adaptions that continues the trend of falling flat of the games character and atmosphere created.

Rating 47%