Sunday, May 4, 2014

Navy Seals (1990)

Director: Lewis Teague

Writers: Chuck Pfarrer, Gary Goldman

Composer: Sylvester Levay

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Michael Biehn, Joanne Whalley, Rick Rossovich, Cyril O'Reilly, Bill Paxton, Dennis Haysbert, S. Epatha Merkerson, Paul Sanchez, Nicholas Kadi, Ronald G. Joseph, Titus Welliver

More info: IMDb

Tagline: America's top secret weapon.

Plot: While rescuing an American air crew captured by Mid-Eastern terrorists, Lieutenant Curran and his team of Navy SEALs discover evidence that the terrorists have come into possession of dangerous high-tech weapons.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? Nope.


I don't know what to say about this one.  It's OK. There's lots of macho bullshit that borders on camp.  It's the kind of picture that probably has a fair share of people who love it and eat this shit up but for most it'll be not much more than a time killer.  If you have to ask...don't tell...

I had no idea Navy Seals swung that way.  What would Richard Marcinko have to say about about this?  There's a good deal of action (more than what you see in these screenshots), a thin love interest and general B-movie military stuff, probably riding of the inspiration created by TOP GUN (1986).  There's nothing really all that great about any of it except for Jolena's (Merkerson) reaction to Graham's (Haysbert) death.  She was eerily convincing.  I actually got choked up about it.  But then they ruin the moment with the funeral that follows and the incredibly schmaltzy music score wells up with a shit storm of shit cheese raining down from the shit sky.  It's par for the course in a film like this.  And if you watch this because Bill Paxton's in it, you're almost wasting your time.  He's role is small and practically worthless.  He's not even given a chance to save the film with his awesomeness.

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