Fire Birds
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Nicolas Cage stars in the below-par action film Firebirds -- a dying ember from Reagan-era nationalistic jingoism. In this Top Gun retread, Cage plays Jake Preston, a hotshot Army helicopter pilot who is being trained to use the U.S. Army's Apache aircraft to destroy the drug fields of a South American drug cartel. It up to his taskmaster instructor Brad Little (Tommy Lee Jones) to teach Jake humble lessons before he can be trusted to launch into the skies against the drug dealers. While Jake is trying to tame his egoism, he engages in a torrid love affair with flying ace Billie Lee… More

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"If you think of movies as big-screen video games, see Fire Birds. If not, you may want to skip this Top Gun with copters and cartels."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Sir. No, sir."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"It seems to have been written by some studio hack screenwriter, isolated from the world since 1941 in some forgotten movie studio storage room stocked with Spam, Lucky Strikes and a copy of the Monroe Doctrine."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"What makes Birds truly riveting entertainment is not the conflict between good and bad guys, but the clash between the film's apparent intent and the loony subversiveness of its performances."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Nicolas Cage and Tommy Lee Jones in a helicopter adventure. You've been warned."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"David Green structures the film in the mold of the time-honored boys-into- men military exercise, but don't go looking for The Sands of Iwo Jima."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The action here is more like something you'd expect to pop a quarter in a machine for."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It may not be as glossy as Top Gun, but Fire Birds is still an above average B movie."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Cage's worst movie to date."
‑ , Film4
"The actors try hard, but only Jones manages anything approaching sympathy; Cage seems to be doing a bizarre John Agar imitation and Young is terribly miscast."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Lean, mean, clean and empty-hearted, Fire Birds is a video-game recruiting poster with a bomb ticking inside--a bomb that never goes off."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"Fire Birds resembles a morale booster project leftover from the Reagan era."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"In a certain way, with the help of insomnia and perhaps the closure of one eye, Fire Birds actually works in a minor key. Let's just say it's the best 77-minute Apache helicopter actioner starring Nicolas Cage I've ever seen."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"We get five minutes of halfway-decent action that hardly makes up for the other 90 minutes of this lukewarm diarreah-fest."
‑ Brian Mckay,
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