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You're getting a free audiobook. For the first time films makers have the tools with CGI to truly accurately portray the visceral effects of WWI dog fighting to put the audience right back into the thick shell smoked western front. However they fall VERY short of the mark because through their obsession with their aerial money shots, they seem to have forgotten the human story of the true horrors of combat and what it does to the human soul.

In the fact it's the human story that the director makes the biggest hash of. It's Horrors of war painted by numbers, lets have the veteran seen it all, lets have the fearless guy and then just so people know war can be nasty lets have a shell shock guy. But this is done so distastefully it truly mocks people who have actually been traumatized by war. This films claims to have the most authentic aerial combat footage ever put to film. The CGI shots are also no where near as good as the film makers think they are.

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In many cases they come across as in game movie footage from an Xbox, cartoon like and unreal. The filmmakers have also made no effort to research their period, without creating any spoilers there is some truly ludicrous almost James Bond like action set pieces that take away all sense that you are watching a realistic war film. The bi-planes might as well have afterburners and laser beams and fly into space, the film wouldn't be any less believable and probably a lot more interesting.

This is nothing more than a boys own story; where the first casualty is truth or realism. It has a TV movie feel and the acting is so bad you couldn't care less who lives or dies by the end of it. This film could have offered so much but it seems the director and the produces bottled out and aimed for an arcade computer style shoot em up with shallow acting and a big helping of cartoon CGI.

Big Al 23 July When this movie hits theaters this fall it will be setting a new standard for digital FX photography action scenes. I had a hard time telling the difference between the real stunt flying and the CGI. It almost makes George Lucas's dogfights in space look crude. OK, maybe with the exception of that fantastic first shot in Episode 3. But imagine that level of technological knowhow applied to a WW1 dogfight. And like the original "Star Wars" there is a scene here involving the German equivalent of the Death Star threatening Paris that is nothing short of spectacular.

A shame, then, that the rest of the story is less than inspiring. Whatever the actual history, I didn't quite believe the subplot of the black American pilot. The love story ultimately goes nowhere, either, though James Franco and Jennifer Decker both turn in moving performances. As innocent and naive as Franco and his friends seem, they never get past the cardboard stage.

It would've been more interesting to me if they were a neurotic, drunken, whoring bunch of elitists, most of whom would then never get over the experience. Rather than tell that tale of a decadent, sophisticated flyboy of the Lafayette Escadrille, however, they settle here for the Disney version, appealing to the lowest common denominator and an audience of teenagers, with Franco doing a good job playing Luke Skywalker, or maybe Gary Cooper.

Jean Reno seemed largely wasted. I kept hoping he'd have more to do. But lest you think I had a bad time, think again.

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This is a movie about "aeroplanes," and they are all terrific, be they replicas or virtual. And the overall production design is superb. Sargonarhes 3 August OK I love history and war stories, good war stories. This isn't one of them. Don't know why I'm posting this as it coming this late no one will be reading this, but I've got to get this off my chest because I've heard so many people say great things about this movie and I'm not just a little disappointed.

The heavy use of the Folker DR1 Tri-planes was just too much. Those came in later in the war and not used in such large numbers, and why so many were made to look like the most infamous one of all was just bad taste. I'm glad I didn't go see this at the theaters, but I'm still disappointed I paid to rent this movie.

Furtherome, the battle scenes themselves reflect the most cheesy elements of propaganda war flicks, culminating in the endless ranks of snarling villains, the cheering crowds on the ground below as our heroes intercept the strafing Huns to save the day, and even a veritable race against the proverbial clock to destroy a German airship before it supposedly "obliviates" the entirety of Paris. And as of the various manners in which this film blatantly exhibits its readily apparent lack of prowess for historical and technical accuracies, let me count the ways.

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For starters, let's consider the countless manners in which the on-screen aircraft repeatedly defy the laws physics. Admittedly, some reviewers have pointed out Tony Bill's part-time profession as an aerobatic pilot, which in essence appears to compromised his interpretations of World War I combat, as he seems to have derived his perception of first world war fighters from having logged too many hours in Pitts Special as opposed to having derived genuine insight into the performance capabilities and limitations of such elaborate contusions of fabric and wood. For one thing, the aircraft exhibit speeds twice in excess of the actual performance capabilities of World War I fighters, culminating in a host of physical implausibilities as overly efficient climbing characteristics as if instigated in the absence of a stall barrier, low-level maneuvers that would have invariably either stalled the aircraft or resulted in considerable wing shear, not to mention that these biplanes and Triplanes exhibit phenomenal roll-rates which no multi-winged aircraft on the planet could possibly emulate.

Evidently, Tony Bill exhibits an accurate conception of three dimensional space, but not of the actual performance characteristics of World War One aircraft. Furthermore, the movie's glaring affinity for historical inaccuracy reflects the presence of numerous aircraft that never existed during the Escardrille's escapades, including the SE.

Bottom line, the above depiction stems from a childish conception that by default associates World War One German aviation with countless formations of red-coated Triplanes, as if the Germans had somehow managed to perpetuate endless clones of Von Richtofen, to say nothing about the fact that the Fokker Dr.

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In fact, the Lafayette Escabdrille fought the majority of its pitched-battles against outmoded Fokker E. III Eindeckers and two-seat Albatross and Aviatik observation scouts, the superior equipment of the Amercans frequently offset by their readily apparent lack of experience. And another thing, the average life expectancy of a World War I pilot is actually confined to the space of a single week, unlike the film's more optimistic projection of 3 to 6.

Furthermore, somebody should remind the screenwriters never to emphasizes the virtues of German aircraft by citing the presence of all powerful engines, as the rates of horsepower which the Germans managed to conceive lagged considerably behind that of their allied counterparts. Furthermore, pilots were indeed NOT permitted to instill their own personal insignias, considering that, unlike World War II, pilots were rarely assigned individual aircraft, often dispersing their ranks among the types available and typically sharing planes out amongst each other.

Furthermore, as depicted within the closing scene, there is simply no such thing as rejoining one's formation in the event of finalizing an aerial skirmish, as aircraft frequently fought pitched battles at length, scattering miles away from each other, thus relaying each pilot with the burden of utilizing landmarks and navigations skills as the sole means for finding their way home on an individual basis. Reverting to the film's one and only redeeming feature, the various aspects in which the Flyboys attempts to model battle damage in conjunction with the various behaviors of shedding wings and burning engines bear a more accurate depiction than the remainder of the film.

However, given the all too elaborate staging of such sequences through an over use of Green Screen techninques in conjunction with an overabundance of CGI effectively renders the overall appearance as reminiscent of, as one reviewer stated, "playing a really cool video game" as opposed to providing a genuine "in the cockpit" sensation for piloting such frail machinations. Most offensive, however, is the gratuitous manner in which the movie concocts the entire spectacle within a fanciful dressing of glamour, all the while pedaling it's pretensions for historical and physical accuracy.

In all fairness, perhaps I should lend Tony Bill an additional bone by citing the best moment of the entire movie, in which the guts of that blabbering Christian fanatic splatters the entirety of his instrument panel. Ultimately, the photograph at the end of the actual members of the Lafayette Escadrille seems like a cruel joke, as if the preceding spectacle of cartoonish escapism somehow culminates in an authentic tribute to the squadron in question. Considering the shear sparsity of world war one related aviation flicks, it doesn't take a genius to brand this endeavor as by far the worst ever conceived.

For more informative and productive viewing, I can suggest virtually every other aviation flick on the market, from the veritable classics like "Blue Max" and "Aces High" , to some of the more lukewarm efforts of "Ace of Aces" and "Von Richtofen and Brown". This film's opening prologue states:"By the start of , World War I had wreaked havoc across Europe. Over nine million people would eventually die. Although the airplane had only recently been invented, it was quickly adapted into a war machine.

The young men who flew them became the first fighter pilots and a new kind of hero was born. Spectacular dogfighting , colorful scenario , all-star cast and memorable acting. Big-budget extended adventures produced by Dean Devlin about a maverick pilot and his partners undergoing risked feats on air and bombing on earth. Very good aerial actioner plenty action , steamy romance , drama , fantastic cloudy scenes and spectacular dogfighting.

James Franco shows professionalism as a crack fighter pilot , he plays an ambitious youth assigned to dangerous missions , Franco even earned his pilot's license in preparation for this film. Special mention to Abdul Salis whose character of Skinner is based on the Escadrille-pilot Eugene Bullard, an American who has gone to France and worked as a boxer there, he was also a son of a slave, just like Skinner. Rousing aerial scenes spectacularly staged , though in excessive use of digital effects , being the first movie to motion capture planes.

Filmmakers attempted to use lightweight reproductions of WWI aircraft, but grounded them after an accident. Wonderfully photographed by Henry Braham and marvelous musical score by Trevor Ravin are the chief assets of this spectacular film. As no studios would back the film, a group of filmmakers and investors including producer 'Dean Devlin ' and according to press-releases "ace pilot" David Ellison, son of Oracle Corp. This lavish airplane movie was professionally directed by Tony Bill.

Rating : Good and entertaining , it's a fairly watchable and breathtaking film and results to be a good treatment of WWI flying aces. SeanHaff 28 August For those of you who don't know the story of the Lafayette Escadrilles, they were a squadron of Americans who, during World War I, went to France before the US joined in the fight.

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The Escadrilles were trained there and flew missions against the Germans. They are credited with helping to stop the German advance into France in the early stages of the war. James Franco plays Rawlings As he's watching a newsreel about the Lafayette Escadrilles, the local sheriff tells him that he has an arrest warrant for him and tells him to leave town. Cassidy is known for flying extra missions after their main missions, so that he can try to exact revenge for any pilots that they lost during the main missions I actually found him to be more interesting than Rawlings.

They are dropped off at the American barracks, which is a mansion that's been taken over by the military. Then we are shown the pilots' flight training in a fairly short montage which ends with each of them taking off on their first solo flights. After that, their real missions begin. Their first mission is a bust when they are ambushed by the Germans, but with each following mission, the pilots improve.

After awhile, they begin to earn the respect of the more seasoned pilots. As their missions continue, some of the pilots are killed and replaced by newbies with their own unique personalities, including a Bible-carrying Christian who sings "Onward Christian Soldiers" as he shoots down German planes I liked this guy. We are introduced to the German ace Wolfert, who has the sense of honor and chivalry that other movies about World War I pilots always overplayed a bit too much for my liking. Thank God, Flyboys doesn't make the same mistake We are also introduced to the "Black Falcon", who is Wolfert's counterpart in the German squadron.

He is sadistic and has no qualms about shooting a pilot who has crash-landed, walked away from his plane, and is no longer a threat. Although all of the Germans are the Escadrilles' enemies, the Black Falcon is the real "bad guy" in the movie. He is used sparingly in the film, but to good effect. There is also a love story Rawlings meets a pretty French girl after he crashes during a training mission. Rawlings is taken with her, and tries to build a relationship with her. She is afraid of getting too attached to him, afraid that he's going to be killed in combat, but eventually she gives in to his advances as if she wouldn't The love story could have been worse, could have been more sappy, could have been Pearl Harbor, but it wasn't at least I give the filmmakers credit for that.

Now, if you've seen the trailer for Flyboys, you've already seen glimpses of the high quality of the visual effects. Except for some shots of the pilots in the cockpits that you just KNOW were shot on a sound stage, everything else looks fantastic. The big scene with the zeppelin that is in the movie's trailer is great. The flight scenes in general are exciting and tense. The flight characteristics of the planes are very realistic, and they don't do anything that the real planes couldn't have done.

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Also, the sound effects and editing are fantastic. I know enough about the Escadrilles to know that the filmmakers didn't stray too far from historical reality Tony Bill even mentioned that the black character wasn't in the film as the "token black guy" Again, putting aside the love story part of the movie, the story is very well-told and the acting is solid. Even James Franco, who I have always found to be wooden in past films, seems relaxed and comfortable in his role as Rawlings, and he gets the job done although I might have gone with someone less well-known who was just a better actor in general.

I almost cried when I saw this movie it was so bad. This has got to be one of the worst written movies I have ever watched. Talk about a predictable plot that just didn't make sense. There were several scenes that I thought really did it for me: 1 The scene where his buddy is shot down and has to land the plane in the middle of a shootout both armies dug in. Magically the main character lands his plane and saves the pilot, all without getting shot by the Germans.

He gets all shot up and pretends that he is done for, but then shoots him with his pistol?? LOL, and all this time his three buddies are just flying around with nothing else to do. OK so the main character has more honor than that but he strafes all of the other planes on the runway? Adam Gaylord Goodreads Author.

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