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The Ship is the Star,
This review is from: The Final Countdown [DVD] (DVD)
Time travel stories are fascinating and this film is no exception.
A mysterious storm transports the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) from 1980 back to 6 December 1941, the day before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. A large part of the film then focusses on the efforts of the crew to discover and accept what has happened and the equal bewilderment of the characters from 1941 who are brought on board the Nimitz. An aircraft from the Nimitz locates the Japanese fleet and, on the morning of December 7, the carrier launches its jet fighters to intercept the Japanese strike force.
Then comes the big anti-climax. The mysterious storm reappears, the captain of the Nimitz recalls his planes, the Japanese attack goes ahead unhindered and the carrier returns to 1980. History, it seems, cannot be changed. In fairness, it is difficult to see what else could have been done in a feature film but there could be potential for a big-budget TV series in which history is changed.
When Commander Owens is left stranded in 1941 it is also rather obvious that he is going to be the reclusive Mr Tideman in 1980 who designed the Nimitz.
The US Navy fully co-operated in the making of this film, most of which was actually shot on the Nimitz. (The emergency landing was actually a real emergency that took place during filming.) The film is practically a documentary of operations on board a nuclear powered supercarrier and, for me, the carrier operations were as interesting as the plot. The real stars of this film are the USS Nimitz and her crew.