So last night I am sitting watching Netflix and The Final Countdown is listed as an option. The wife has gone to bed, so I think, why not? It has been a long time since I had seen it (about 30 years) and I thought the premise kind of neat - what happens if a modern carrier was hurled back in time and could stop the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor.
Well, thirty years on I can now say that movie was a waste of an hour and a half. It must have been made as an advertisement for the US Navy.
That was the only redeeming value - some really cool shots of the Nimitz, F-14 Tomcats on CAP, A-7's, -6's, and Hawkeyes. I enjoyed seeing these jets in flight. Cool stuff!
Otherwise, it seemed a quick production, fill it with some big names of the time (Douglas, Sheen, Durning), and take a neat concept and spread it across an hour ++. In hindsight, I wish the storm hadn't returned so quickly to take them to their proper timeline. It would have been cool to see the six Japanese carriers try to last against a modern day carrier.