(2022) (Tom Cruise, Miles Teller) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama/Action: A veteran pilot is tasked with selecting a small team of younger fliers to carry out a dangerous, preemptive strike military mission.
Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (TOM CRUISE) is a test pilot for the U.S. Navy's top-secret Mach 10 jet program, but when that's shut down, he's ordered to return to the branch's legendary "Top Gun" program to serve as a trainer. That's at the request of his former rival turned wingman turned eventual admiral, Tom Kazansky (VAL KILMER), although Vice Admiral Beau Simpson (JON HAMM) is less than pleased to have Maverick around.
It turns out a foreign country is going to begin enriching uranium and the U.S. government wants to do a preemptive strike. The only problem is that it's in a remote but highly weaponized mountainous area that will require expert flying skills in older jets that will have the best chance of navigating the hazardous terrain. Maverick's job -- when he's not seeing his former flame and current bar owner Penny Benjamin (JENNIFER CONNELLY) -- is to figure out who among the school's best graduates is best suited for the mission.
Among those are rivals Lt. Jake "Hangman" Seresin (GLEN POWELL) and Lt. Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw (MILES TELLER), with the latter having a bone to pick with his new instructor -- who flew with his father who was killed in the line of duty when Rooster was just a boy -- due to Maverick having previously tried to keep him from following in his father's footsteps. With little time to spare, Maverick must not only contend with that but also getting a small team ready to carry out the low probability of success mission.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they liked the original film or high-flying, military based action films, they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For sequences of intense action, and some strong language.
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