2 hr. 11 min. | Rated M | Violence & offensive language
Starring: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer
Test pilot Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Tom Cruise) has studiously avoided career advancement in 35 years of flying. Brought back from the wilderness by old rival Admiral Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky (Val Kilmer), he is tasked with teaching a team of elite flyers how to take out a uranium-enrichment plant. One of them, call sign ‘Rooster’ (Miles Teller), has links to a tragedy in Maverick’s past.
Avoiding the danger zone of mere retread, Kosinski and co deliver all the Top Gun feels and then some: slick visuals, crew camaraderie, thrilling aerial action, a surprising emotional wallop and, in Tom Cruise, a magnetic movie-star performance as comforting as an old leather jacket. Punching the air is mandatory.