The Final Countdown

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (15)
D: Don Taylor
United Artists (Peter Vincent Douglas)
USA 🇺🇸 1980
105 mins
 
Science Fiction
 
W: David Ambrose, Gerry Davis, Thomas Hunter & Peter Powell
DP: Victor J. Kemper
Ed: Robert K. Lambert
Mus: John Scott
PD: Fernando Carrere

 
Kirk Douglas (Capt. Matthew Yelland), Martin Sheen (Warren Lasky), Katharine Ross (Laurel Scott), James Farentino (Cmdr. Richard Owens), Ron O'Neal (Cmdr. Dan Thurman), Charles Durning (Sen. Samuel Chapman)
 
Twilight Zone style science fiction which sees a modern day aircraft carrier on a routine Navy exercise is transported back in time to December 1941, just hours before the attacks on Pearl Harbor.
While the idea shows promise, the film unfortunately doesn't deliver on such a great premise. The direction lacks any real impetus or energy and makes the whole thing feel like a pilot for a TV show.
5/10

Kirk Douglas in The Final Countdown
Kirk Douglas in The Final Countdown