Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag
Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag (2004)

At Red Flag, the international training exercise for the air forces of allied countries, hundreds of pilots meet for the most challenging flying of their careers. The object is to make the exercises as real and challenging as possible -- to… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: December 4, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The movie is something of a throwback to the early days of Imax, when the emphasis was more on awing audiences with technology that made us feel as if we actually were in the picture.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Factor in the thunderous digital surround sound, and the only thing missing is the smell of jet fuel.

Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Timing has not been kind to Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag, a well-made movie coming out when rah-rah militarism isn't an easy sell.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

The titular operation often yanks the film from big-screen sensation to a pedantic look at military procedures best suited to a TV documentary.

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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News

The film is less sure-footed when on the ground, but the stunning aerobatics will blow you away, while the close-ups enhance the sense of intimacy and urgency.

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Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

The movie's main strength is that it conveys what we might feel blasting along at 600 mph, flying under the radar, almost skimming desert rocks.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

An interesting overview of the unique-in-its-scope training exercise.

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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News

An IMAX film highlighted by exhilarating sequences of simulated aerial combat.

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Jim Carnes
Sacramento Bee

It's curiously uninvolving for any viewer who is not already into military flight or video games.

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