Lewis Teague's cartoonish action picture is effective if forgettable entertainment. The plot concerns the mission of a Navy Seals unit to save the crew of a Navy chopper from a group of Beirut-based Arab terrorists. A film which may arouse more interest than it might otherwise have in the wake of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, it now seems even sillier given the jingoistic fantasy in which it indulges. Michael Biehn and Charlie Sheen star as the leaders of a Seals unit which looks like it just stepped out of the pages of GQ. Predictably there are tensions between the two over correct procedure, and a by-the-numbers rivalry for the attentions of bodacious journalist Joanna Whalley-Kilmer. The stunt-packed finale is the best part of the movie, and everything blows up real good as the bad guys are dispatched with consummate ease. Maybe Colin Powell can screen the film and learn a thing or two.
by Michael Costello review