The Final Countdown

Film, Science fiction
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What happens when the mighty US aircraft carrier 'Nimitz' is carried through a timewarp to find itself off Pearl Harbor minutes before the Japs attack in 1941? An idea worthy of Harlan Ellison, but disappointingly fumbled. Taylor handles most of the aircraft carrier material like a recruiting film, and though the script manages a few deft twists and turns, and even a neat final frisson, it ultimately works more on the tease level of a TV episode than as a movie. Sheen's performance, as always, is engagingly low-key.

By: DP

Release details

Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Don Taylor
Screenwriter: David Ambrose, Gerry Davis, Thomas Hunter, Peter Powell
Cast: Kirk Douglas
Martin Sheen
Katharine Ross
James Farentino
Ron O'Neal
Charles Durning
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I was really disappointed. I love science fiction, especially time travel, but this film was terribly poor. It moved with the speed of a tortoise, the script was bad and the acting excrutiating. It was a shame because it was an interesting concept and in different hands it could've really sparkled. Everything was so muted and slow, and Kirk Douglas in particular acted badly, as if he wasn't comfortable in the role he was in. There also seemed little point in the story, and it fizzled out as dissapointingly as it began. For science fiction fans, this is a definite no-no. The only people who might be interested are those like military scenes about ships and planes.