Release Date: July 29, 2005 (US)
Director: Rob Cohen
Writter: W.D. Richter
Jamie Foxx as: Lt. Henry Purcell
Co-Stars: Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel
Runtime: 121 min
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Rated: PG-13 for intense action, some violence, brief strong language and innuendo
Production budget: $153 million (estimated)
Box office: $76 million
Links: Imdb – Official Site
U.S. Navy pilots Ben Gannon (Josh Lucas), Kara Wade (Jessica Biel) and Henry Purcell (Jamie Foxx) are part of a close-knit elite division of test pilots flying highly classified stealth fighter jets, referred to only as Talons. They’re the best of the best and they know it. Then their commanding officer Cpt. George Cummings (Sam Shepard) introduces the team to their new wingman–an artificial intelligence-based UCAV, nicknamed “EDI.” Although Ben is hesitant about taking “the human pilot out of the equation of war,” Cummings orders the team to execute their first real mission alongside “EDI.” To their amazement, “EDI” proves to be a cracker-jack wingman and they successfully eliminate their target. But on the return trip to their base aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson, “EDI” is struck by lightning. The drone’s brain expands in ways its creators could never have predicted. Despite Ben and Henry’s reservations, Cummings declares “EDI” ready to rejoin the team in the air. On their next mission against a nuclear-armed warlord in a remote Chinese province, “EDI’s” seriously compromised circuitry problems only get worse. Ben decides that the risks of the attack far outweigh the benefits to himself, Henry and Kara, (for whom he has developed a romantic attraction). When he aborts the mission, “EDI” goes against orders and executes the hit anyway. The danger escalates when “EDI” decides to execute a top-secret mission that, if successful, could spiral into worldwide nuclear Armageddon. And only Ben can prevent it.
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- The movie was filmed in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand.
- This picture was made with the support of the U.S. Navy and was the first picture to film a completely fictional military aircraft on an actual carrier.
- 500 gallons of gasoline were used for the explosion in the Alaska airfield sequence. NASA had to be notified of it in advance because it was so big.
- In all American advertising for the film, Jamie Foxx got top billing, but in all Japanese advertising, Josh Lucas got top billing.