Saturday, March 27, 2010

Warbirds (SciFi 2008)

Aw yeah! It is time for more sweet monster bad movie goodness! You know that you love the bad movies; frankly I bet you stay at home on Saturday afternoon watching flicks like this on the SciFi--oops! I mean SyFy (What the hell is that anyway?)--channel and eating pizza and popcorn instead of writing your dissertation. Okay, maybe some projection there. Anyway, I was excited when Nancy found Warbirds (SciFi 2008) in the cheap movie bin and brought it to date movie night. I mean. come on! Dinosaurs in the World War II Pacific theater? Sign me up!

In the final days of World War II, Colonel Jack Toller shanghais a group of Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) led by the precocious Maxine West (no relation to Mae West...OR IS THERE?!?) to ferry a top-secret weapon and his company of intrepid marines to an American base in the Pacific. But before they can reach their goal, a violent storm damages their B-29 and forces them to crash land on the beach of a remote tropical island.

Oh yeah.. I know what you are thinking. Five strappin' red-blooded American Marines and five fine young eager-to-please WASPs? Tropical island? Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge, Say no more, say no more! Alas! no. This is the SyFy channel after all. In fact, the ladies close ranks and do their very best En Vogue impersonation:

No, you're never gonna get it!

At first, the island seems deserted (complete with a deserted Japanese military air base) but soon our band of heroes discover they are not, in fact, alone. Not only do they discover a few remaining (and tricksy) Japanese officers, but also a new and terrifying opponent: Evil Pterodons!

My mistake; you ARE gonna get it!

This is a good film! I like the Japanese twist (ie no Nazis) in a WWII-based bad movie and the special effects are not too bad. I even liked the characters and the acting was surprisingly pretty good overall. But Warbirds (SciFi 2008) does exploit one of my bad movie pet peeves: a dust jacket that has no bearing on the movie. Where's the T-Rex? WHERE"S MY T-REX!! Also, there are USA fighters on the cover but they fly "Zeroes" in the film. I hate that.

Still, it is a good flick overall and certainly worth the rental. Get it and have fun!

Rating: 2.5 Bites out of 5

-Safari Bob

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