|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Scott Hazell, Mac McDonald, Philip Winchester, Todd Boyce, Michael Jibson, Karen Ford, James Franco, Martin Henderson, Ian Rose, Lex Shrapnel, David Ellison, Abdul Salis, Jennifer Decker|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller|
|Run time:||2 hours 20 minutes|
|Rental release:||08 Oct 2007|
|Main languages:||English, Fench|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
James Franco stars in this action drama about WWI fighter pilots.
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Good story, but not too well told..By PaulaWestwood (397 reviews) from Ashton-Under-Lyne , 06 Jun 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Before the USA officially joined WW1, several american boys who did not have to do so, bravely (or for a sense of adventure) volunteered for action overseas. This is based on the true exploits of one of these groups. Therefore, though similar things have been comitted to film before, its not a bad reprise of a theme and the story does make this a worthwhile watch.
Having said the above, and though the film is 'good', it does have a real spread on with a trowel 'boys own' comic feel about it, this is even taking into account the different etiquette and machinery of war in 1917 being very different than today.
The air battle scenes look a bit like CGI from 10 years ago, and the general action and play of the film feels somehow contrived. It all lacks something 'gripping' to take it from just good to excellent.
So there is nothing really new to see, but the story is worthwhile and scrapes a recommendation for that alone.
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Predictable but still worth it for the dogfights.By Chavasse1917 (1 review) , 08 Apr 2011I really wanted to enjoy this Film. The setting is well done and dog fights are impressive. What spoils it is the fact that every cliche is written into the storyline so that you don't know if you are seeing an updated Blue Max or a remake of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. After two thirds of the film it was possible to guess not only what was going to happen but even what the characters were going to say! I didn't really want to laugh at it but I did.
Flyboys 2006By Emjay69 (341 reviews) from Kidlington, Oxford , 15 Jan 2011Good all round entertainment. Supposedly based on a true story, this film had me laughing, crying, proud and not so proud. Having read the previous reviews I can only suggest that some people related to the film that well and didn't like what they saw.
The dog-fights are extremely good, the romantic scenes are just about long enough, and the rest of it completes that which I rate to be a film worth watching, especially because of the updates at the end.
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What a Stupid Film !!By Dins (1 review) from Glasgow , 17 Jul 2010This is potentially a Great Film.
But it turns into a very annoying, self centred story about a very confused and idiotic American fighter Pilot.
The director should be ashamed of himself for allowing this piece of none sense to be filmed.
American FlyboysBy Beacon97 (151 reviews) from Neath , 25 Jun 2010This film stacks up well against the German made Red Baron WWI dogfight film, but it's not much to write home about. Everything is a little safe and a little flat and there are really no surprises in this pleasant little film. It does have the edge on the Red Baron though because the story, light as it is, does hold together better. The flying/dogfight sequences are good and despite the CGI you will enjoy them. This plays a little looser with the facts than Baron, but is still based on a true story. Maybe that's where the film could have improved. With a little more licence this could have been a riproaring World War One flying spectacular. As it is it's a mildly diverting film to nod off to on a Saturday afternoon while all the sport is on. My biggest criticism is not really of this film but of the British Film 'Industry' who have yet again missed an opportunity to make a film about what was mostly a British fight. Is there no one out there who can see the possibilities in a Spitfire film for WWII, now that CGI can help?
ok to pass the timeBy a customer from Penrith , 10 Mar 2010this film wasn't awful but it wasn't spectacular either. as the review title says it was ok to pass the time but the story line is quite slow and irrelevant really, but a good film nevertheless