Directed by: Anthony Hemingway
Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr., Gerald McRaney, David Oyelowo
Apparently this was a pet project of executive producer George Lucas for decades now, and it really shows. It shows that Lucas produced it, that is, not that anybody cared about this thing any more than the absolute minimum anyone would need to for the film to be made.
A squadron of black pilots are assigned menial duties during WWII until Terrence Howard convinces Bryan Cranston to let them fly cover missions for the heavy bombers. They do a good job and start getting respect from their white peers. There’s also a subplot about the leader of the squad and the crazy hotshot pilot and their struggle with each other over control of the unit.
It’s like a war movie, but with Star Wars dogfights. It honestly feels really out of place and ridiculous that everything is exploding like crazy all over the place, while on the other end of things they try to create a realistic feeling of these guys in wartime. Special effects obviously got more effort put into them than the story or characters (this is what I meant by you could tell Lucas was involved), which is too bad because they’ve never made a war movie that was good because of the special effects. Ever. That’s infantilizing the horrors of war at the same time you’re trying to show how bad they are, and it obviously doesn’t work. Go back to counting your toy receipts, George.