Flight: World War II
There are certain expectations one has when watching an Asylum film. Terrible writing, terrible acting, terrible special effects, all connections the story has to actual reality being laughably wrong, all wrapped up in a package that takes itself utterly seriously.
Flight: World War II has the Asylum name on it, but I can’t help but think that Asylum had purchased a complete film that simply needed to be distributed. Everything is far and above better than typical Asylum standards. This wouldn’t make for a summer blockbuster that stood a chance in theaters, I mean, Asylum felt it was worth putting their name on it so there is an upper limit to quality here. But it may well be the best film they’ve ever released.
The major anachronisms in the time travel plot were briefly explained. Well enough that it didn’t bug the hell out of me seeing ME262s in squadron strength in 1940(the characters even assumed the first couple they saw must have been prototypes because of course a historian would think that), though a deeper exploration of that might have been interesting.
Aviation emergency operations were surprisingly well done. Call for help, divide up responsibilities, that sort of thing. This did break down in the back half, but they were dealing with a completely unprecedented series of events so they had to improvise. Apart from that segment of the film, most of the inaccuracies here appear to be simplifications to keep the plot moving along rather than outright getting things wrong.
Special effects- Assuming Asylum actually produced this one(I haven’t researched) rather than just put their name on it, this, given the talent their special effects typically show, would blow their effects budget for the next decade. They were clearly low budget(though possibly less so than usual), but with a good team behind them.
Writing was unusually good, and they seem to have hired actual actors this time around. And it didn’t have the vibe you get from most Asylum films where they clearly think they are making Oscar worthy material.