TOP GUN MAVERICK (12A)
TOP GUN MAVERICK (12A)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Runtime: 131 minutes
Cast: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis with Ed Harris and Val Kilmer
Synopsis: After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of TOPGUN graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.”
Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate from those who will be chosen to fly it.
Director Joseph Kosinski [Tron: Legacy (2010); Oblivion (2013); Only the Brave (2017)] delivers the breath-taking, long-awaited sequel to the original which is this summer’s feel good epic blockbuster.
With Tom Cruise reprising his role as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell and his old-fashioned stunts eschewing computer-generated special effects, the action is edge of seat and adrenaline pumping.
Outstanding is cinematographer Claudio Miranda’s [Life of Pi (2012)] beautifully composed, sparkling visuals and the stunning aerial footage and superb performances from Tom Cruise, John Hamm Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and Glen Powell and a strong supporting ensemble with a credible, more convincing narrative in the script by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie, which also pays a nice tribute to the original film.
It is a thrill ride throughout the 131-minute running time with Tom Cruise and fellow cast members in the cockpits of genuine fighter jets, which were flown by US Navy pilots in the high speed aerial combat scenes.
A great score produced by Lorne Balfe features Harold Faltermeyer, Lady Gaga and Hans Zimmer.
See it on the biggest screen possible and you will feel you are in the state of the art F18 with Tom Cruise.
Images courtesy of: Paramount