The Nuclear Power to Change History

The Final Countdown is a cool time travel movie. Maybe my favorite time travel movie all-time?

It does not show up on cable very often – at least premium basic cable. (Can be streamed on NetFlix.)

Lots of cool elements. There’s the time travel. And a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Pearl Harbor in early December 1941. And a twist at the beginning and end that makes the concept of time travel fun to think about.

Filmed in 1980, and holds up well. Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, James Farentino, Katherine Ross, Charles Durning, and some acting by real U.S. Navy personnel that is laughably bad. Lots of high quality footage of a super carrier in action and dog-fighting between 1941 Japanese Zeroes vs. 1980 USN F-14 Tomcats.