Clint Eastwood fronted the 1982 action film Firefox in 1982, which was the sole time he attempted to make a classic summer blockbuster series.
Firefox was the first and sole attempt to develop an effects-driven blockbuster for himself. Westerns were in fashion at the time Eastwood made his debut in his film career at the end of the 1950s.
In fact Eastwood was so down about one of his early films Ambush on Cimarron Pass – which he later called as the “lousiest” Western ever made and he was contemplating giving up on the business. Eastwood eventually came his trademark style to the screen with the Dollars trilogy, as well as other thrillers like Dirty Harry.
In the early ’70s, Eastwood stuck with either Westerns or action thrillers such as The Gauntlet from 1977. The Gauntlet. Eastwood also attempted to make a Bond-style spy film by releasing The Eiger Sanction in 1975 However, the style of films began to change during the decade. The enormous success enjoyed by Jaws as well as Star Wars saw studios moving towards action blockbusters with more effects.
Eastwood attempted this in 1982’s Firefox in which he played the role of an American pilot that, even though suffering from issues due to PTSD was chosen to be the only one to get a hold of the experimental Soviet fighter aircraft.
The title Firefox is inaccessible to radar, and its weapons system is controlled solely by the brain of its pilot. The second part is an action scene in which Eastwood’s Gant escapes on the amazing-looking aircraft while being under the sway of Soviet forces.
Firefox is an anomaly in the filmography of Eastwood as a director and actor and is his sole effort to create an old-fashioned summer blockbuster that has the potential to become a franchise.
Although Firefox was able to sell with a poster featuring Eastwood standing in front of the aircraft, the issue with the narrative is that it takes an entire time to take effect. The first portion focuses on Gant’s gradual enfilade into his way into the Soviet Union as he’s aided by dissidents, scientists, and other dissidents in his journey to and the Firefox itself.
This classic, Cold War espionage section is not without tension, however certain viewers find it to be incredibly long and boring, and when the Firefox escape begins the viewer is already disengaged. There were complaints about the film’s pace. were so frequent that Eastwood was unable to complete Big Trouble In Little China was later able to cut 13 minutes of the opening half of the home video release of the film.
The opening section of Firefox is also strangely reminiscent of an adaptation on a large screen to Metal Gear Solid, with each focusing on a former soldier from Alaska having to break into an enemy base in order to get a unique weapons system.
Eastwood’s Gant also employs covert tactics and disguises to accomplish his job. After the Firefox begins to fly, the film is more of a classic blockbuster with some amazing at the time – special effects. Although Firefox was a decent box office performance, it did not result in sequels. The author of the novel that it was based upon then wrote a sequel in 1983 named Firefox Down that picked up after the final. Due to a lack of enthusiasm from Eastwood the author of is the author of this novel – or even the studio the film didn’t take place.