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Air America is one of those movies that could have been great, and now maintains its low-key reputation as a typical Mel Gibson film in the wake of his first two Lethal Weapon hits. Originally conceived as a biting black comedy about the CIA's top-secret smuggling operation in Laos during the Vietnam war, Air America lost most of its political sting when it was transformed into an action comedy for Gibson and costar Robert Downey Jr. The film is entertaining as far as it goes, with a few action sequences that explain where a lot of the budget went. If you're in the mood for some Mel, this one is a little off the beaten path, and still contains a percentage of its original potential. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Audio Commentary by Co-Writer/Co-Producer John Eskow, “Pre-Flight: The Storyboards of Air America” Featurette, “Flight Log” Featurette, “Return Flight: Revisiting Air America” Retrospective Featurette.
Special features are English only. --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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It winds up being a mess of uninspired satire, that has Mel Gibson spouting off a series of trying too hard to be funny one liners .
The story is about the CIA's secret drug smuggling for cooperation and arms in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam war. It can never decide if it's just a glib buddy buddy action film or satire with an edge and winds up being a crass over-produced failure. Robert Downey Jr. is enjoyable for a while but no one is given anything resembling a real character to play. And the parade of stereotypical characters, ethnic insults and missed opportunities becomes numbing after a while.
Chris Jarmick, Author of The Glass Cocoon with Serena F. Holder Available End of January 2001....
during the Vietnam war aiding our allies (amongst other things)
Mel Gibson plays veteran air american Gene Ryback and Robert Downey plays Billy Covington the FNG to the outfit.(He ends up being recruited in the states by a fast talking agent of the CIA after he (Downey) is grounded for being an...in the air.
The Film explores the adventures and antics..or hi-jinks as the pencil necked air america geek notes of t he pilots. Which includes drunken whorehouse parties, target practice with silencers on a miniature golf course and my favorite, gun running and landing an aircraft on a mountain.
A serio-comic movie it delivers the goods and was is enjoyable to watch
I find this movie far more interesting than the Lethal Weapon series, so it soars in my book as one of Mel Gibson's best movies.
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode (The Best of Times, The Sixth Day, Terror Train) made This winning underrated comedy was a Box Ofiice Hit in the Summer of 1990. Gibson and Downey Jr. delivers good comic performances in this adventure comedy. Originally meant to be a Darker Comedy. Super 35. Grade:B+.
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One of my favourite films. Gibson and Downey are fantastic. Action, humour and a great story. Brilliant, so get a copy.Published on March 5 2013 by CCG
Ce film est surement un des meilleurs film de Mel Gipson, et ma commende a été envoyer tres tot merci.Published on Jan. 23 2013 by Serge Boucher
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