Top Gun: Maverick
Tom Cruise takes us once again into the danger zone, with this pumped-to-the-max, adrenaline-fuelled aerial blockbuster.
An unstable former Soviet state is on the brink of enriching uranium. The plant is based in a narrow canyon with state-of-the-art defences protecting it. There are only a few days before it becomes fully operational, and it’s been decided that it must be destroyed. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Cruise), a thorn in the Navy top brass’ ass, is sent to Top Gun to train the ‘best of the best’ for this mission. Amongst them is Lt. Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw (Miles Teller), so of Maverick’s old flying buddy Goose. The two don’t get on and it’s this conflict, along with Maverick’s unorthodox teaching methods and the pressure of a seemingly impossible mission that power this kinetic, metal-to-the peddle action hit.
Cruise’s star power has rarely been as bright as it is in Joseph Kosinksi’s sequel to Tony Scott’s 1986 cult classic. The result is the biggest success of the actor’s career (and the hit of the year so far) and one of the most satisfying big screen popcorn movies in some time. The action sequences – mostly shot without the aid of visual effects – are thrilling. And the film has moments of genuine emotion. All these elements are wrapped up in a film that rattles along at the pace of a fighter jet.