I have read a few threads where people are wilting in anticipation for the release of Final Countdown . I am curious why the fascination with this movie. It has been a lot of years since I saw the movie so if I get some details wrong, please correct me. When I watched this film years ago, I thought it had some pretty decent arieal shots, however, nothing ever happens in this movie. A modern aircraft carrier with a massive amount of firepower is sent back in time to just before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The possibilties for this movie looked pretty good, since the premise was an interesting one. The actual execution turned, what could have been a really interesting movie, into one that actually, by the end, was completely pointless. They end up going back in time,flying around for a bit, detect the Japanese air strike heading for Pearl Harbor, launch a possible preemptive attack and then........do absolutely nothing. The time warp shows up and they go back to their own time without ever doing anything, except to leave one of their crew behind. The whole thing takes place just so one guy, who seems to have trouble scoring in his time, can go back to the past and find his true love? Talk about wasted potential. This movie could have been great had they gone back, destroyed the Japanese attack and then all of sudden they are back in the future and you see what the consequences of their actions were. For example, the United States prior to the attack was neutral and had not made any declaration of war against Germany. After the attack, war was declared on Japan by the U.S. and in turn Germany declared war on the United States because of their alliance with Japan. What might have happened if they had interfered with the Japanese attack, resulting in the U.S never declaring war against Japan and in turn being kept out of the war with Germany. This could have been one of several interesting speculations had the filmmakers decided to go that route. Instead, they ended up making a mundane romance with lots of pretty pictures of jets flying around and absolutely no point. Please enlighten me as to what makes this movie such a must have. Thanks.