1943, the height of the Second World War. Female officer Maud Garrett with a secret cargo gets into the American bomber B-17 “Flying Fortress” and immediately becomes the object of ridicule. The captain orders her to take a seat in the machine gunner’s cockpit under the belly of the plane, from where the girl notices a Japanese fighter and a strange creature on the fuselage. If for the time being she decides to tolerate the sexist comments of the team, then she does not intend to allow enemy planes and heavenly goblins to dominate the sky.
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The creation of minimalistic thrillers with a tight budget, location and setting is common in modern cinema. Immediately recalling such tapes as “Buried Alive”, “127 Hours”, “Frozen” and much more. The director of this film, Rosanna Liang, decided to thoroughly shake this genre and turn it inside out.
The events of this tape are developing in the midst of World War II. B-17 bomber “Flying Fortress” accompanies cargo classified as “secret”. The team was led by a young woman, Captain Maud Gardner. Having barely risen into the air, the crew engages in battle with Japanese fighters. But things get more complicated when a gremlin is on board, which slowly begins to incapacitate the plane.
“Air Combat” was the adaptation of the only script by Max Landis in recent years, which literally disappeared into oblivion after being accused of sexual harassment, rape and harassment. You can treat Landis in different ways as a person, but we must admit that he is a very talented author who can squeeze all the juices out of the material on hand and this film is no exception.
It would seem that interesting can be squeezed out of history, the events of which are developing on board only one plane? For almost the entire hour and a half of screen time, Landis proves that if you want, you can. There are air battles with Japanese fighters, and attempts to survive from the constant attacks of an evil and bloodthirsty gremlin, and even the personal drama of the main character, which, in my opinion, was a success. By making the heroine as lively and worthy of empathy as possible, and the pronounced feminist message is not so flashy and striking. Even in spite of the excessive fantastic action scenes with the destruction of the laws of physics and a slightly stupid ending with the beating of the main “villain” of this tape.
It is impossible not to mention the very not even bad direction of Rosanna Liang. Despite the fact that this film was the full-length directorial debut for Rosanna Liang, she showed herself on the screen as a very experienced and talented filmmaker. Despite the fact that the events of this tape develop on board only one aircraft, the events of this tape develop as dynamically and densely as possible. Including due to the abundance of an overly fantastic show, which, on the one hand, does not comply with the laws of physics and causes a small facepalm. On the other hand, it successfully fulfills its main function with bread and a show. Gremlin was especially successful.
I was pleasantly surprised by Chloe Grace Moretz, whom I personally consider to be a very overrated and weak actress. However, in this tape, she managed to adequately embody the character so lively within the script and demonstrate an equally lively game on the screen. The same cannot be said about the rest of the actors, who seem to be the stereotypical incarnations of dumb men and the usual background furniture on the screen.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (85.0 Mb/s)
Resolution: Upscaled 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10+
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
German: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English-SRT, German-PGS, German-FORCED-PGS.