Reviewed by: Hillari Hunter
|Featuring||Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, James Cromwell, Donald Sutherland|
|Producer||Andrew Lazar, Clint Eastwood|
When NASA discovers a Russian satellite is about to crash to Earth, spotlight hogging space program official Bob Gerson asks former Air Force pilot Frank Corvin to help fix it. Frank (Clint Eastwood) wrote the original computer code, and current space engineers can’t read the program, which is now outdated. Frank insists that Gerson give him and his former team of pilots a chance to go into space—a chance that Gerson (James Cromwell) denied them 42 years before when NASA came into being. Frank rounds up Tank (James Garner), who became a Baptist minister, and Jerry (Donald Sutherland), who now designs roller coasters. Frank has a long-term rivalry and grudge match with the final member, Hawk (Tommy Lee Jones), who became a stunt pilot.
The situation pokes fun at their advanced age, but it’s done in a playful, good-natured way. Jerry is a major flirt for whom no woman is off limits, while Hawk begins a relationship with Sara Holland (Marcia Gay Harden), an engineer. The second half of the film follows the team as they reach the broken satellite and discover that it carries a deadly secret. Tank is the only person in the film who professes a belief in God. He’s not portrayed, however, as a stereotypical man of God. The script shows Tank’s faith in a subtle way without beating the audience over the head with it.
The profanities in this movie are mild in comparison to other recent movies with a PG-13 rating. There is no explicit sex in the movie. The team is shown partially nude during a scene in a doctor’s office. Jerry spouts off some sexual comments. The violence is minor, and no blood is seen. Older audiences will appreciate this action movie.