Using the latest aerospace technology, the U.S. Army has created the world's first completely undetectable air weapon - the Active Stealth. Deadlier than any other aircraft, it becomes the free world's worst enemy when it ... more »is hijacked during a routine training flight. The Army calls on Veteran Fighter Pilot Jefferson Pike to lead an Apache Helicopter strike force into Central America to retrieve the Stealth. Suddenly, Pike and his hardcharging Apache squadron find themselves in a shattering fight for their lives against the most well-equipped terrorist Air Force in the world.« less
"This movie was a real loser. It is so innaccurate. "Rangers assulting a target in broad daylight with standard issue M-16's an M9's with no silencers or scopes. Most Rangers would use an M-4 or an MP5. No face paint, no stealth at all. Also, what Army unit flys a news crew style helicopter to pickup Rangers in the middle of South America? It should have been a Blackhwawk or a Huey gunship with AH-64 Apache air support.
The capabibility to shoot of these "Rangers" is terrible too. At little more than 100 feet they empty an entire clip and hit nothing but air.
The worst part of the movie was Army pilots flying an Air Force F-117 TWO SEATER WITH A CARGO BAY? NO NO NO!! It is a 1 man AIR FORCE, stealth bomber. Also Army pilots "carrier qualified" and F-14 qualified? No.
No. This movie was terrible, do not rent or buy it."
"Iron Eagle" meets "Delta Force"
J. Collins | Las Vegas, NV USA | 08/07/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
""Active Stealth" is a story of "US Army Rangers" on counterdrug and hostage rescue missions in Central America; plausible Ranger missions. It goes terribly awry from there with more than the usual howlers for a straight-to-video action flick. "Rangers" assault targets in broad daylight, with no suppressive fire, no body armor and no face camoflauge-it was obvious few of the actors had experience with M16s/AKMs/Berettas. Firefights ensue with 2000rds being expended at a range of 50 meters or so, with almost no casualties-to both sides. After this mission, where for the first time since Norris' "Delta Force" in the '80s we find actors who need haircuts, we meet the characters in "Company C" (only 4 though, apparently the other 100+ folks and A,B and D Companies are on leave..it's ALWAYS Company C in these movies). Colonel Williamson, who also needs a haircut and moustache trim, assigns Company C to a Stealth fighter that can hold about 4 people behind the pilot-not unlike "Executive Decision". The plan is insert Company C, rescue a guy left behind, blow stuff up and escape. Two ARMY pilots are sent off to a carrier to fly an F14 for top cover, presumably to take advantage of ample stock carrier footage. The F117 static for the loading scenes is actually a pretty good model of an actual F117. Also, stock footage of F117 ops are matched closely with shots of the mockup. The HUDs in the air-air scenes are fairly realistic-much more so than in Iron Eagle-faint praise indeed. Uniforms look well researched. Rank is correctly placed and the ribbons appear to be in the right sequence (yes, costume designers there IS an order to how ribbons are placed and it doesn't take much research to get it right); BDUs (fatigues) have too many Ranger tabs-1 per shoulder has always been found to be sufficient.The good points, yeah there are some, are two: I originally got this DVD when I saw that Ms Ava Fabian had a part in the movie. (I had the pleasure of playing beach volleyball with her in a Pro_Am tourney many years ago. One of her expressions of disgust in the flick reminded me of a look I got when she set me up for a spike, which I promptly put in the net. But I digress.) She acquits herself well here, given her small, uncredited part, and is so mentioned by the director in his commentary, the other good part. The commentary is definitely more interesting than the movie, as he explains exactly what financial and time constraints he was under-and even points out some howlers of his own.Worth renting on Dollar-night for the director's commentary, and if you're a fan of Ava Fabian, for her pretty good performance. My DVD says it's rated "R". Might be hype to sell DVDs-there's nothing in this over say, PG-13."
Heroism, Sacrifice, and PATRIOTIC FREEDOM win the day!
Focus Beyond Infinity | the collective psyche of humanity | 10/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What is wrong with you people talking bad about this movie? It is a touching story about a band of unlikely heroes, manly men undoubtedly (witness Chiccio's casual pipe smoking in the heat of battle) but perhaps a little over the hill for such intense action as they're engaging in here. None the less, all give some and SOME GIVE ALL in the name freedom, standing true to their values and never giving in, even when faced by the treacherous treachery of a higher-up (which I think is to this day a starkly evocative metaphor for America-hating liberals, who would turn over this country to the terrorists if it meant men could marry other men.) Frankly, it makes me feel proud to be an American, and was inspired enough by it to put two more yellow ribbons on my 2003 Ford Excursion. And to those of you who question the military accuracy of the film, DUH, IT WAS ON PURPOSE. If they went in there with body armor, face paint, and "accurate" weaponry weilded professionally, OF COURSE the enemy would know it was the US Army Rangers! By not using standard field equipment and tactics, they were able to maintain the cover that such covert operations require. You East-Coast-College-Educated morons should grow brains instead of pot and try thinking tactically a little bit."
May not be militarily accurate, but it is entertaining
jga773 | Texas USA | 09/07/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Active Stealth is a standard search and rescue B programmer with Daniel Baldwin and Fred Williamson. The film also features August 1986 Playboy Playmate Ava Fabian in a supporting role. Lots of gun battles and some decent aerial footage with the Stealth and other aircraft can be found throughout the film. Great commentary by director Fred Olen Ray. The packaging mentions a trailer, but there is no trailer included."
What were they thinking??
jga773 | 08/16/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The budget for this movie obviously didn't include any technical advisors. This might have made for some enjoyable fare if there weren't so many obvious technical goofs and downright stupid plot points. Examples: An army pilot is carrier qualified to fly the F-14. Battle sequences that any Quake player could execute better. An F-117A with a cargo bay to carry passengers! There are many more, but I think you get the point.This movie is for someone who has absolutely no knowledge of the real world. I can usually suspend belief if the story is any good, but this one just stinks!Daniel Baldwin, I hope you don't include this turd on your resume because it's a career killer!"