“Adequate” is the name of the game in Mira Nair’s (“Monsoon Wedding” “The Namesake”) biopic of the iconic American pilot Amelia Earhart. With other subjects, adequate may have been fine — but for this particular woman and vehicle, “adequate” just doesn’t pack enough firepower to get the film off the runway and soaring into space. (Puns totally intended.)

Earhart not only altered the course of American aviation history, she also laid the groundwork for feminism and women’s rights long before the notion got through to American society at large — and she did it all during the 1930s’ Great Depression, when the whole nation was feeling down in the dumps. Her story deserves more than an adequate effort — surely there’s enough romance, fantasy and mystery (she and her plane disappeared during a round-the-world flight in 1937) to ensure a glorious action pic, crammed to the gills with incident and adventure.

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