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The Final Countdown 1980 ***

As time travel paradox movies go, The Final Countdown deals itself a fascinating hand; Don Taylor’s film imagines a state-of-the-art aircraft carrier sent back in time to moments before Pearl Harbour. The question is; do they have the right to change the course of history? Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen and Katherine Ross are amongst those agonizing over the decision, and although The Final Countdown is light on action aside for a couple of exciting dogfights, it offers plenty of gravity as it contemplates an idea that’s logistically silly, but philosophically interesting. Cameos from Lloyd Kaufman and Charles Durning add to the rarity value.

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