What would happen if the U.S. aircraft carrier Nimitz traveled back in time, landing in the Pacific just off Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941? Should their substantial firepower be used to halt the Japanese attack changing world history and the U.S. involvement in WWII or should they avoid changing history because of possible time ripples?
Kirk Douglas (Capt. Yelland), Martin Sheen (Lasky), Katharine Ross (Scott), James Farentino (Owens/Tideman), Ron O’Neal (Thurman), Charles Durning (Chapman), Victor Mohica (Black Cloud), James Coleman (Perry).
The Final Countdown launches from port with some character development and background before slipping nicely into the plot. The film attempts to show authentic Navy operations aboard a ship but everyone is well aware of the cameras. As the plot hits flank speed the story is interesting and film builds suspense nicely as we entertain the notion of a jet plane splashing a Japanese Zero. About then is when the film disappoints and tries to leave us with a happy and interesting ending, which is mildly received.
Acting was decent here with Douglas doing pretty well. Sheen did well with his part, as did Ross and Farentino. Durning could have been better but fit the story. The remainder of the supporting cast felt a bit green throughout.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done with very authentic feeling sets. CGI was a bit lame but fortunately wasn’t a big focus of the film. Dialogue was a bit choppy but got the job done, while sound and soundtrack were pretty good.
Overall The Final Countdown is an enjoyable sci-fi adventure that is fairly well done from most aspects. The story concept is good and although the film presents it well, it is never really explored leaving us wanting more.
Some very mild foul language and violence but this should be fine for preens and above.
The Final Countdown is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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