Clint Eastwood, Freddie Jones, David Huffman, Warren Clarke, Ronald Lacey, Kenneth Colley,
1982, 124 Minutes, Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Description: Clint Eastwood plays a retired fighter pilot who is
enlisted by the U.S. government to infiltrate the Soviet Union (back in the days
when it was still an Evil Empire) and steal an ultra-top-secret fighter plane
with all kinds of superior capabilities (back when the Stealth bomber was still
a struggling prototype). —
"As if Kafka invented
video games," one critic remarked of Firefox
upon its release. But that makes the movie seem more interesting than it really is.
Soviets (the movie being made in the early 1980s) have developed a high-tech fighter jet
plane that its pilot can control via a gizmo that reads his or her mind. Obviously this
sort of thing leaves the Americans a bit behind in the arms race, so they concoct a plan
to steal the plane from the Russkies.
The only catch is that
since the jet plane is of Russian origin, its pilot must think in Russian to control it.
Not too many pilots like that in the USAF, they get Clint Eastwood to steal the plane for
them. A job for Clint? No doubt, but the character played by Eastwood is a retired
burnt-out post-traumatic stress syndrome case prone to epileptic fits induced by
incidents he experienced as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam war . . .
Firefox is about
70 percent Le Carre spy thriller and 30 percent Star Wars-like
dog fights in Russian airspace. The Star Wars analogy isn't redundant: John
Dykstra who did the special effects for Star Wars and Battlestar
Galactica supervised the effects for Firefox as well. Impressive as they might
be, the effects ultimately cannot rescue the film from being a slow-paced and long-winded
affair . . .