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1983 / 114m - USA
Sci-fi, Thriller
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Blue Thunder

1983 / 109m - USA
Blue Thunder poster

A pretty dim 80s action flick that puts all its eggs in one single basket: its titular helicopter. It's a thing that probably looked quite futuristic in the early 80s, including its "amazing" capabilities, but it's little more than a bit of cheesy hardware nowadays. The same goes for the film itself.

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Murphy is a veteran Vietnam pilot who ends up becoming the test pilot of a new type of military surveillance helicopter. Though suspicious at first, he quickly learns to love this new hardware. During one of his surveillance missions he uncovers a covert operation, led by one of his old wartime nemeses.

The performances are weak, the film looks pretty cheap, the action scenes aren't that exciting and the futuristic hardware fails to impress. At nearly 2 hours, it's also way too long. There's just a basic amount of action/genre fun to be mined from this film, unless you're truly starved for action films, I wouldn't really bother.

Saturday Night Fever

1977 / 118m - USA
Music, Romance
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Teen flick + popular music usually equals big hit. Saturday Night Fever captures the late 70s disco era, following a bunch of school kids hanging around and doing stupid stuff. It's probably a fun flick if you like disco music and/or have a thing for the 70s. I have neither, making this a slog to sit through.

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Tony is an uneducated guy from Brooklyn, who lives for going to the disco. He's a great dancer, but he has no real aspirations. That changes when he meets Stephanie. She's a great dancer too and Tony wants to better himself by dancing with her. She's in a different league than Tony, but his perseverance does intrigue her.

There's a quite a bit of dancing and there's a lot of 70s disco. That's it really. Travolta is his usual self, the plot is extremely thin, and the characters here are all broad and recognizable stereotypes. At two hours long, not a lot is happening, so if you don't care for disco music, do yourself a favor and skip this one.