Red Tails

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"High-Octane Action and Daring Dogfights!"
  • PG-13
  • 2012
  • 5.9  (36,942)
  • 46

"Red Tails" is a 2012 action-packed film that tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, African-American pilots who fought in World War II. The movie, set in 1944, follows a squadron of African American pilots and their support team struggling against racism and discrimination while fighting for their country in Italy. The film begins with the Tuskegee Airmen being portrayed as a group of inexperienced and untested pilots. They are under constant scrutiny and skepticism from their superiors, who believe that African Americans are incapable of serving as pilots. However, despite the bigotry and discrimination, the Airmen are determined to prove their worth and become one of the most respected squadrons in the war.

The story mainly revolves around two of the Tuskegee Airmen – Joe "Lightning" Little (David Oyelowo) and Martin "Easy" Julian (Nate Parker). Little is a brilliant and ambitious pilot who is determined to prove himself to his fellow pilots and the military establishment. Julian, on the other hand, is a seasoned and skilled pilot who becomes a mentor and friend to the inexperienced Little.

With the help of their leader, Colonel A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard), the Tuskegee Airmen prove their mettle by successfully carrying out various missions such as escorting bombers, attacking enemy bases and taking out enemy planes. They are able to overcome many challenges including inferior equipment, racism, and even betrayal.

Throughout the film, relationships between the pilots are developed and some romantic relationships are formed. The romantic subplot of the film revolves around the characters of W.O. Easy (Andre Royo) and Sofia (Daniela Ruah), the former being infatuated with the latter despite her having a fiancé.

The movie also takes a deep dive into the pilots' personal lives, touching on topics such as their families, friendships and struggles. The Tuskegee Airmen are shown not only as brave pilots but also as human beings with real struggles and challenges.

The aerial combat scenes in "Red Tails" are particularly impressive. The incredible aerial acrobatics, stunning visuals and intense action sequences add to the realism of the film and make it an exhilarating watch.

Overall, "Red Tails" is a gripping and inspiring film that pays tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen and their valiant efforts during World War II. The movie portrays the struggles, hopes and triumphs of these determined pilots and demonstrates how they broke down barriers and paved the way for future generations. It is an excellent tribute to these brave men who fought against all odds and proved their worth to a country that didn't believe in them.

Red Tails is a 2012 drama. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9 and a MetaScore of 46.

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