Strategically speaking, ‘Top Song: Maverick’ is absolutely incompetent

Caution: This article reveals the plot elements of the movie Top gun: Maverick.

Top gun: Maverick Critics adhere to what it says: It’s an entertaining, thrilling, and sometimes, perfectly moving film that’s a true path to adventure. However, it is a deeply innocent movie that, for all its deception towards reality (the actors fly on real planes), reveals the most improbable story of the entire season.

The film’s thesis (if any) is that, despite the current circulation of homing bombs and drones, in a crisis, nothing can replace a super-talented fighter pilot who carries 30 tons of metal to a terrible “danger” at hypersonic speeds. Zone “, which sends its bombs at the right target, then returns with a strong acceleration like tearing skin from any human face.

And yet, if you take the film seriously (which I admit is not the best way to do it), its real message, though perhaps unintentional, is just the opposite.

The film says that the days of talented pilots like Commander Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise, who made him a star 36 years ago) are really over. Ironically, the real morality of the film is given by our most helpless heroes (the stuck admirals played by Ed Harris and John Hamm), when they tell Maverick: “The future is on our doorstep and you are not invited.” Maverick only manages to oppose their technophilia because the script of the film is unpleasant.

No feeling

The plot here, in a few words (sorry if you already know it): a “rogue state” (never named and which is reminiscent of Iran but not compatible with any real country) has created a factory of enrichment. Deep valley surrounded by mountains. The United States must destroy uranium before it can arrive. Maverick, a longtime pilot of a test flight, was called in to plan the attack and train a new team of top gun recruits who would lead it.

Technically, inconsistencies are only multiplying.

The plan in question is incredibly complex: with their F / A-18 fighters, they must fly from an aircraft carrier to reach enemy airspace, at very high speeds and at very low altitudes so as not to be identified by anti-aircraft radar. Climb the slopes of the mountains, dive into the valley to hit their targets, then climb vertically from the valley and try to avoid enemy surface-to-air missiles as much as possible, who will now know where the American pilots are and what they are doing.

Everyone thinks until Maverick shows them that he can do it, which will inspire and give confidence to all his teammates.

This is all crazy. While this is in the interest of deterring the enemy country from building an atomic bomb, there is no reason to destroy a uranium enrichment plant before it is launched. It will take years to enrich enough uranium to make a bomb, and there are many more ways to deal with the threat before then.

Zero continuity

Technically, inconsistencies are only multiplying. The F / A-18 does not have enough range to operate this strategy, especially at speeds that consume so much fuel (the Navy did not want to use more modern F-35s because, it was said, it would be involved in revealing the highly confidential tactics of these aircraft). ).

After all, it would have been much easier and more convenient to send one or two B-2 bombers at very high altitudes (beyond the reach of air missiles from enemy surface) to fire GPS-guided bombs. Or, if there was a risk that the surface-to-air missile B-2s could hit, their radar could be thwarted by a cyber attack.

A similar situation occurred in 2007, when, on a moonless night in September, four Israeli F-15 fighter jets set off to destroy a new nuclear power plant in the Syrian desert with laser-guided bombs and missiles. The operation was successful. The Syrians did not see the planes coming because Unit 8200, the Israeli intelligence service in charge of electronic warfare, hacked into their air defense radar with a computer program called “Sutter,” which was created by a secret unit of the U.S. Air Force. “Big Safari”. The shooter interrupted the connection between the radar and the operator’s screen, so the screens showed nothing.

The screenwriters Top gun: Maverick A scenario can be formed in the same consciousness. It was effective and full of suspense – one of a kind meeting Top gun And Impossible campaign. But Top gun A Navy franchise. Looking at the first part or its latest sequel, you would never believe that there are other divisions in the American Armed Forces (US Air Force, US Army, Marines …).

This may be understandable in 1986, when the first Top gun Out. In fact, this year, in the real world, the American Congress passed the Goldwater-Nichols Act, which reorganized the armed forces so that they could work together during various service operations. Previously, the Navy (like the US Air Force or US Army) served as a separate service.

Suppose when Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith piloted an alien ship on “Independence Day”, it was almost impossible.

Today, if a president orders an attack on a uranium enrichment plant in a foreign country, the Pentagon will plan a joint operation and all departments will want to take part. A single aircraft carrier will never be asked to operate the entire mission, and any clever plan of attack would first involve the US Air Force, its high-flying bombers and US cyber command. You could ask a navy ship to launch a few cruise missiles to clear the way, but it probably would.

Honestly, one of the strangest points of the film is that we see the Navy sending cruise missiles to clear the way by destroying enemy air bases to prevent planes from chasing our heroes in their F / A-18s (rather old and weak). ). Some visitors may wonder (as I did myself): If cruise missiles can destroy air bases, why can’t uranium enrichment plants?

Plot twist

Then comes the twist. Maverick and his teammates’ devices were shot. They have to get out, land in enemy territory and find a way to escape. Going to the enemy base, they see an old F-14 in a secure hangar. The F-14 is the plane where Maverick first flew. With it, he was then able to shoot three MiGs, Russian-made fighters. With his young companion (who has never seen anything so old), they boarded an F-14 and, in short, shot down several enemy aircraft (A lot More recent and efficient) and finally returned to the aircraft carrier.

It’s beautiful to look at. But. If these villains ever had F-14s, they still wouldn’t have them because they have the most modern Russian fighters. And it is even more unlikely that these old planes are in a state of flight, meaning maintenance and refueling (which is why Iran is thought to be the “rogue state” in the film. Until 1979, when Shah was in Tehran, the United States -14 sold. But that was more than forty years ago. The Iranian military complained that they had run out of all their details long ago and that they would do so because of international sanctions. They have not been able to buy anywhere else). Suppose when Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith are the pilots of the alien ship Independence DayIt’s almost impossible.

Top gun: Maverick Is A lot Good from the beginning Top gun (I saw it again, for the first time since 1986, just before I went to see the sequel… and I was amazed at how bad this movie could be). Don’t stop your joy: go see the rest! It’s great, it’s even fun and it’s extremely well done. Remember to keep your brain at home before you go out.

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