A Renegade Pilot

William O'Leary in Flight of Black Angel (1991)

Top pilot, Capt. Eddie Gordon (William O'Leary), begins to show signs that he is cracking up and Lt. Col. Matthew Ryan (Peter Strauss) plans to keep an eye on him. But it is too late and Gordon, whose call sign is Black Angel, steals a plane loaded with a nuclear weapon and then takes a family hostage as he sets about unlocking the bomb so he can drop it on an American city which he believes is a haven for sinful activity.

"Well it was some back ground noise whilst I cleaned the house" that is the amusing remark a friend of mine said when I asked them whether they had bothered to watch "Flight of Black Angel". But rather amusingly I would say that having watched "Flight of Black Angel" that would be an apt thing to say about it as even as a movie reviewer I found it a struggle to stay focused whilst watching this action movie. Despite some familiar faces and an okay plot it ends up generic and ultimately forgettable.

Now I did say that "Flight of Black Angel" had an okay plot and the whole storyline of a top gun pilot basically going a bit nuts and turning renegade, shooting down his own colleagues and stealing a nuclear missile is entertaining. Okay so it is all a little basic as well as being far fetched in places but it is a semi decent vehicle for plenty of action. But that is where we have issues as the footage of fighter planes and ground to air missiles all feels like it has been lifted from other air force based action movies.

What this all boils down to is that "Flight of Black Angel" is in truth not a bad movie but it is an incredibly ordinary one and not the sort of movie which does a job of getting and keeping your attention.

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