Ever since Jaws evolved the summer blockbuster, each years sees one film that dies a death at the box office, and becomes notorious for doing just that
This is the 2005 entry.....
The Navy develop a fighter jet piloted by an artificial intelligence computer. The jet is placed on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific to learn combat manoeuvres from the human pilots aboard.
But when the computer develops a mind of its own, and a Wentworth Miller voice,it's the humans who are charged with stopping it before it incites a war..
It's pretty clear to see why this film didn't do as well as expected, it doesn't have a coherent plot, the characterisation is poorly executed, and the special effects, especially for such a big budget film, and in 2005, are pretty ropey. You may have thought that they were good back then, but they sure don't hold up now.
And the fundamental part of the film, the set pieces, are really lethargic, bearing in mind that this is from the director of The Fast And The Furious.
Then we have Josh Lucas. Now the man is a decent actor, but there was a time when the studios must have had him billed as the next big thing, because he had a slew of big budget summer movies released, and they all bombed big time, or were critically mauled.
But, unlike other big summer failures like The Lone Ranger, Battlefield Earth, and last years Fantastic Four, it's actually pretty good fun, for some of the right, but more so the wrong reasons.
EDI has to be one of the snobbish, camp AI villains I've ever seen on screen, hence, the urgency isn't there when it gets a little bit agitated with Josh Lucas, whom is basically stalking it throughout the film.
Jamie Foxx finds love with a person who cannot understand a single word he is saying, and Jessica Biel must have been contractually obligated to wear a bikini and be leered upon by Lucas at every available opportunity.
But for a really dumb down film, something to life you after you've seen something that makes you feel bad about life, this would probably life your spirits, because it's loud, you can get on with other stuff and not miss out on the narrative, and Biel was contractually obliged to wear that bikini, so she won't mind being a visual enjoyment.
At least she's living proof that a human is better than the special effects that accompany the film....