If TOP GUN is a war movie for the MTV generation, then FIRE BIRDS is TOP GUN for the FULL METAL JACKET generation. Generally, when foreign directors take on an American subject, they either get it completely wrong (Norman Jewison's IN COUNTRY) or they tell us more about ourselves than we
care to know (virtually all of Alfred Hitchcock's American films). Directed by Britain's David Green, FIRE BIRDS falls solidly into the latter category. It's not so much a war film as a film at war with itself.
Nicolas Cage and Tommy Lee Jones, as hot-shot pilots of massively destructive Apache attack helicopters, take on the usual suspects; i.e, a Latin American drug cartel. Ro...