Seven minutes of Red Tails online
Red Tails is the upcoming film about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American fighter squadron, and so far we've seen short trailers that haven't been too kind on the acting in the film, despite the cast including names such as Terrence Howard, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Bryan Cranston as well as NeYo, Andre Royo, Nate Parker, Method Man.
So now the marketing team behind the film have edited together some seven minutes of the film so that we can see what it's really made of, and for the most part it's looking pretty good, including the big speech by Howard at the end.
Sure there are moments, such as how a few bullets can make an entire train and carriages explode in a fireball of death and destruction, but perhaps that's just editing that's made it look like that, or maybe it's the desire to show off the 3D, I don't know. However the rest of the action looks good and feels pretty powerful.
In fact the second dogfight is rather scary and you do feel the tension and danger from the opening shots. I was surprised to recognise techniques I first saw in shows like Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica, particularly the latter, to film these fight sequences, but they work really well and pull you into the action.
What do you think then? Is Red Tails worth a shot after all? I think this is far superior to everything we've seen about it so far, although being British I do hope that this isn't going to end up another revisionist America won the war film, something I don't think it will do since the focus is the squadron itself and its acceptance by the American Air Force.