1944. World War II rages and the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. Meanwhile the black pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program are courageously waging two wars at once – one against enemies overseas, and the other against discrimination within the military and back home. Racial prejudices have long held ace airman Martin “Easy” Julian (Nate Parker) and his black pilots back at base – leaving them with little to do but further hone their flying skills – while their white counterparts are shipped out to combat after a mere three months of training. Mistakenly deemed inferior and assigned only second-rate planes and missions, the pilots of Tuskegee have mastered the skies with ease but have not been granted the opportunity to truly spread their wings.
The aerial views in this movie are awesome! The special effects are terrific as it truly appears that several pilots from the Tuskegee training program are in flight and making magnificent maneuvers upon the air that are nearly mind boggling. The fact that the movie is based on true events stemming from the Second World War makes it even more fascinating.
The characters come to life as memorable names like Lightning, Easy, Junior and Deacon are featured and each has a unique personality but they all have one common trait: they are gifted as pilots. They endure racism and scorn and yet when they successfully protect a group of fighters from the enemy, they begin to win respect. The film contains some really funny moments too. One black pilot says to a white pilot, “White people turn red when they become angry, green when they are sick, and they are called yellow when they are cowards but you call us colored!” The audience I screened the movie with laughed and cheered at this line.
The sacrifices which were made in this historically accurate film become apparent as unfortunate events begin to touch the Red Tails, the name that is given to the pilots. This is a moving film in many respects and features characters which place a strong faith in Christ and pray in his name. Regrettably, the movie contains strong language and violent scenes including bloody wounds in addition to implied sex between an unmarried couple and therefore we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the picture.