Back on The wings of hell, Simon West’s debut film and quintessential 90s Jerry Bruckheimer productions.
Many agree that the 1980s and 1990s saw the birth of action cinema masterpieces such as crystal trap, Predator, Last Action Hero by John McTiernan, or Terminator 2: Judgment Day by James Cameron. But it is also undeniable that these two decades were marked with a hot iron by the hegemony of Jerry Bruckheimer productions.
Nicknamed “Mr. Blockbuster”, the legendary producer has established himself in the Hollywood industry with a recognizable paw among many others, in particular thanks to the very identifiable styles of the filmmakers behind his productions, whether it is the late Tony Scott (USS Alabama, State enemy) or Michael Bay (Rock, Armageddon), to name only the most famous of his team.
And among the many productions of the studio, there is The wings of hell, Simon West’s first film, released a year after the box Rock, with Nicolas Cage who continues in his vein actuate from the 90s, but also John Cusack and John Malkovich. Three headliners for an action film that follows in the footsteps of a certain Michael Bay, who has since become cult.
And if finally, under his postulate of sub-Michael Bay, The wings of hell simply wasn’t the epitome of Bruckheimer’s productions of its day, for better or for worse?
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a duo from Hell in Hollywood
First of all, a reminder of the context is necessary. Before becoming a producer king in Hollywood during the second half of the 90s, Jerry Bruckheimer being above all part of a duo, with his sidekick Don Simpson. Together, under the banner of the Paramount Pictures studio, the producers were behind colossal successes such as Flashdance, The Flic of Beverly Hills, but above all Top Gun by Tony Scott. One of the biggest hits of the 80s ($ 357 million at the global box office, on a budget of $ 15 million), which propelled Tom Cruise to the rank of world star.