Red Tails 2012 movie trailer



Are you ready for some George Lucas?

Non-Star Wars George Lucas?

There’s no doubt that the story of the Tuskeegee Airmen needed to be told in a feature film. But is George Lucas the right filmmaker to tell that story?  Well we’re going to find out in 2012! Red Tails is the first movie from Lucasfilm since the Star Wars prequels. It is directed by Anthony Hemingway who is mostly known for his work on the television show CSI: New York.

My initial reaction to the trailer is that the CGI work is a little jarring. It has the familiar Star Wars tone. Which…might not be a good sign. Are those kinds of visuals going to be right for a World War II period piece? We’ll have to wait and see how this all plays out. But I wonder if the material might have been better served to use more practical special effects. Of course I don’t know what that would have done to the budget of the film. But what we do get to see does look impressive and should be, at least, very fun eye candy. I also feel like the film wants to be a drama…but this trailer almost feels more like an action film.

As far as the cast goes Red Tails stars Terrence HowardGerald McCraney, Bryan Cranston and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film is directed by Anthony Hemingway. It is scheduled for release January 20, 2012.

Official Synopsis:

1944. World War II rages and the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. Meanwhile the black pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program are courageously waging two wars at once — one against enemies overseas, and the other against discrimination within the military and back home. Racial prejudices have long held ace airman Martin “Easy” Julian (Nate Parker) and his black pilots back at base — leaving them with little to do but further hone their flying skills — while their white counterparts are shipped out to combat after a mere three months of training. Mistakenly deemed inferior and assigned only second-rate planes and missions, the pilots of Tuskegee have mastered the skies with ease but have not been granted the opportunity to truly spread their wings. Until now.

As the war in Europe continues to take its dire toll on Allied forces, Pentagon brass has no recourse but to reconsider these under-utilized pilots for combat duty. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard) awards them the ultimate chance to prove their mettle high above. Undaunted by the prospect of providing safe escort to bombers in broad daylight — a mission so dangerous that the RAF has refused it and the white fighter groups have sustained substantial losses — Easy’s pilots at last join the fiery aerial fray. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies in a heroic endeavor to combat the enemy — and the discrimination that has kept them down for so long.


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