Iron Eagle IV
Reviewed by Keith Cervine
Rating: 8.5 Beans
t was 1986. What a wonderful year, the Mets won the World Series, the Giants won the Super Bowl, and Iron Eagle showed that if your father was ever shot down over enemy lines (and if I had a dime for every time that happened), there was a way to get him out. I was 10 years old and loved pretending to fly like Doug Master, singing "One Vision" by Queen and waxing off another plane in "After Burner." Unfortunately, Doug didn't make it in Iron Eagle II, he was "killed" over Russian Air Space, and my childhood fantasies were destroyed.
1995. Another good year, the Devils win the Stanley Cup and I graduate high school. I come home one day and I see Iron Eagle IV is about to come on HBO, what happened to Iron Eagle III??? Anyway I sit down and watch this movie and I see good ol' Chappy Sinclair (played by Louis Gosset Jr.) and then all of a sudden, BAM! Doug Masters shows up..... OK... we later find out that Doug was only shot down over Russia and he was a P.O.W. for the past 10 years or so. Here we run into the first major problem, the writers forgot the last name of the actor who played Doug Masters, so the cool, 80's-hip Jason Gedrick from the original was replaced by the angry, maladjusted, atypical 90's tough guy, Jason Cadieux. I do admit, they look awfully similar.
Anyway, the basic premise of the story is that Chappy needs help with a flight school that is filled with delinquents and rejects (i.e. small versions of the new Doug Masters). He needs to teach them how to fly and help them stay out of trouble. While this is all happening there are some air force personnel that are dealing toxic waste nearby. So, Doug gets in his F-16 and blast the crap out of them, right? No, he gets in a prop job and sure everything is nice and happy at the end, and the delinquents become instructors (uh, can you say Top Gun?), but there is definitely something missing.
I would like to dedicate my closing paragraphs to the writers and producers of Iron Eagle IV. DO NOT MAKE ANY MORE MOVIES. Thank you.
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