After getting his start as a visual effects artist on the original Star Wars trilogy, Spielberg protege Joe Johnston found success as a director with his debut film, the blockbuster family adventure Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. For his sophomore outing, Johnston helmed this action-adventurer, set in 1930s Hollywood and in the spirit of old pulp ...
After getting his start as a visual effects artist on the original Star Wars trilogy, Spielberg protege Joe Johnston found success as a director with his debut film, the blockbuster family adventure Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. For his sophomore outing, Johnston helmed this action-adventurer, set in 1930s Hollywood and in the spirit of old pulp comics and adventure serials, and co-adapted from the David Stevens graphic novel by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo. Bill Campbell stars as Cliff Secord, an eager young pilot who finds himself in possession of a secret jet-pack that gives him the ability to fly. Cliff soon learns that screen-star Neville Sinclair (Timothy Dalton) will stop at nothing to get his hands on the rocket pack so he can give it to the Nazis. As The Rocketeer and with a little help from his mechanic friend played by Alan Arkin, it's up to Cliff to elude Sinclair, defeat the Nazis, and save his girlfriend Jenny (Jennifer Connelly). Matthew Tobey, Rovi
Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino. Run time: 109 mins. Originally released: 1991. Language: English. This VHS tape was from a private collection and kept in pristine shape. Enjoy!
This feature film directed by Joe Johnston of CAPTAIN AMERICA fame, is set in a similar period and, in my opinion, is a much better film. And as it was a better film, it's amazing that it fared so poorly in theaters in its time. The story was better put together, there was a lot less blue-screen work, and you knew this was a story of the American versus the Nazis, flags were seen (unlike CA, which almost seemed apologetic in its showing of the American flag in an effort to make it more global, and the Nazi flag was practically non-existent).
Also, Jennifer Connelly... could she have looked any more smoking? She never looked better than when she stared in this film and Alex Proyas' DARK CITY (1998).
In all ways, this was a superior film that needed more recognition than it got. A fun adventure that established its rules at the beginning of the story and sticks with them all the way through. It has great acting and characterization. What a true five-star film should be.
This film has much of the feel of that generation. It has the fears of mobsters, Nazis, spies, and the advancement of technologies.
As for the quality of the product, it came new, blu-ray wrapped in its packaging. The seller did a great job with it.
Nov 18, 2010
To the stars!
Drama, excitement, and romance. Add Jennifer Connelly for beauty, and it's a winner!