Red Tails

Red Tails

Courage Has No Color

Release Date: Friday, January 20, 2012

Rating: Rated PG-13

1944. World War II​ rages and the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. Meanwhile the black pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program are courageously waging two wars at once -- one against enemies overseas, and the other against discrimination within the military and back home. Racial prejudices have long held ace airman Martin "Easy" Julian (Nate Parker) and his black pilots back at base -- leaving them with little to do but further hone their flying skills -- while their white counterparts are shipped out to combat after a mere three months of training. Mistakenly deemed inferior and assigned only second-rate planes and missions, the pilots of Tuskegee have mastered the skies with ease but have not been granted the opportunity to truly spread their wings. Until now.

As the war in Europe continues to take its dire toll on Allied forces, Pentagon brass has no recourse but to reconsider these under-utilized pilots for combat duty. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard) awards them the ultimate chance to prove their mettle high above. Undaunted by the prospect of providing safe escort to bombers in broad daylight -- a mission so dangerous that the RAF has refused it and the white fighter groups have sustained substantial losses -- Easy's pilots at last join the fiery aerial fray. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies in a heroic endeavor to combat the enemy -- and the discrimination that has kept them down for so long.

Studio: LUCASFILM, LTD

Director:

  • Anthony Hemingway

Cast:

  • Bryan Cranston - Maj. William Mortamus
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. - Major Emanuelle Stance
  • Terrence Howard - Col. A.J. Bullard
  • Daniela Ruah - Sofia
  • Michael B. Jordann- Maurice 'Bumps' Wilson
  • Tristan Wilds - Ray 'Ray Gun' Gannon
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Comments

MarioPrime  |  Correspondent

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There are countless reasons for Red Tails' failure, but the main ones seem to stem from the poor script and LucasFilm’s hand in the production. The studio is famous for making light, campy popcorn flicks where good is "Great!" and bad is "Evil!". But their simple, black-and-white storytelling is actually offensive in this context. It sucks all humanity from war, turning it into a video game with no emotional repercussions. The screenplay, penned by John Ridley, even manages to depict Nazis more insensitively than 1940’s propaganda reels. At one point, the pilots decide -- without receiving any orders to do so -- to surprise attack an enemy airbase, mowing down dozens of unsuspecting German troops. Triumphant, and unforgivably cheesy, music plays as German soldiers run around on fire and are blown through the air by explosions. It plays out more like a CG-laden, emotionless massacre than a well fought battle. You’d expect a smidge of sensitivity from a film about intolerance.

Pietro Filipponi  |  Managing Editor

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This movie is offensive to military veterans, pilots, African Americans and fans of CGI