While rescuing an American air crew captured by Mid-Eastern terrorists, Lieutenant Curran and his team of Navy SEALs discover evidence that the terrorists have come into possession of dangerous high-tech weapons.
Who is in it? Charlie Sheen, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, and Dennis Haysbert
Was it action packed? Reasonably.
Would this movie be for every action fan? Id like to think so.
Should you see it? Yeah this movie is worth a watch.
Run Time: 113 minutes
As dumb as this may sound, I’ve been meaning to write a review on a good Charlie Sheen movie ever since he was in the news for being dumped from that TV show a few weeks back. I never really got around to it, but after hearing about President Obama’s successful mission involving a heroic Navy SEAL ( SEa Air and Land – S.E.A.L) Team, I decided to kill two birds with one stone so to speak. What better movie to review after Osama Bin Ladin’s death by some SEALS than ‘Navy SEALS’ from 1990! This movie had some cool characters, memorable scenes, and really showed what the life of a SEAL would be like (because everything Hollywood gives us is real). This has to be one of those movies that actual Navy SEALS watch and make fun of the way that Street Racers laugh at the original Fast and the Furious but who cares it was a decent movie and I’m about to review the crap out of it so hold on to your butts.
Unlike a lot of my other reviews where I lay out the entire movie for you and then cram it in a nutshell at the end, I will be doing this entire review in hyper drive so fasten your seat belts and keep your hands and feet inside the review until we come to a complete stop. This movie follows a SEAL team that ultimately wants to clean up a mission they had preformed in the first scene. While recovering some downed pilots being held captive they have to abruptly leave because one of the American captives they rescued was in critical condition forcing them to leave some large crates they stumbled upon carrying American stinger missiles. Several missions go by with no luck of disposing of the missiles until team leader Lt. James Curran (Biehn) takes out a reporter with special contacts with the country in which the missiles are in.
The missions we see are all different and do a good job of showing us that the SEALS do it all. One mission may be diving out of a submerged submarine and then take out terrorists on a large tanker ship, the next is jumping out of a plane and then land in the ocean then swimming to the shore of a non friendly country etc. Charlie Sheen’s character Lt. Dale Hawkins is a wild card. His disregard of the rules gets his friend killed and that really helps sober him up. Although he is kind of an ass, Hawkins is my favorite character because he’s funny and you have no idea what he will do next. The most badass one on the team is their sniper Dane, code name ‘GOD’. The sound of that .50 cal sniper rifle is awesome! After some good intell from Curran’s new girlfriend they locate the missiles and dispose of them. Not everybody makes it… but they do complete their mission. The End. I rate this movie a 7/10 for its cool action scenes, memorable dialog, and Bill Paxton’s ridiculous sniper rifle.
Official Nutshell-Movies Explanation
Navy SEALS (1990): An elite team of Navy SEALS locate and take out stinger missiles held by a terrorist they had to abandon in a previous mission.
- Despite those named in the credits, the film went through another draft by Kevin Jarre. In one draft, Hawkins (Charlie Sheen) sacrifices himself to rescue Curran (Michael Biehn), who ends up with the love interest. In another version, Curran is killed off rescuing some kids, and Hawkins and Claire Varrens (Joanne Whalley) are left to mourn his passing. Also in one of those drafts, Curran is an accomplished boxer who squares off in a fight with Hawkins, who’s into karate. The golf sequence in the film was a concession when the film’s leads objected to a Top Gun (1986)-style scene with knife-throwing contests and bikini bimbos.
- The actors spent two weeks in an intensive SEAL-style “boot camp.” In the end, it was actors versus SEALs in a final “war game” showdown. The SEALs are reported to have graciously said that the actors made a good showing for themselves.
- Several events in this movie are inspired by Chuck Pfarrer’s (the writer of this film) real SEAL career.
- When discovered by a terrorist who tries to speak to him, Hawkins shoots him without answering, then says, “Boring conversation. Leader, we’re gonna have company!” imitating a similar line by Han Solo in Star Wars (1977).
- During the segment at the golf course, Rexer (Rick Rossovich) is seen wearing a Martini Ranch t-shirt. Bill Paxton, who plays Dane, was a member of the ’80s rock band Martini Ranch.
- In the warehouse scenes with the missiles, the containers have markings that refer to the “Redeye” M41 missile system, a predecessor to the “Stinger” that is referred to in the film.