Rescue Dawn details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies, Mr. Tony B. King, Francois Chau|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller|
|Run time:||2 hours 6 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Apr 2008|
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Another Vietnam film? It's okay, this one's rather good..By Vivacia (28 reviews) from London , 10 Jan 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]With so little attention payed to this film it's surprising how well it actually did upon it's release in the US, and disappointing that it got such small exposure upon it's release here in Britain. Likely you haven't heard of 'Rescue Dawn' or have only seen a few posters scattered around. Don't let this fool you - this is a film that is well worth watching, especially if you have enjoyed other films based in and around the Vietnam war.
We start off in a Top Gun-esque scenario, with the pilots joking and preparing for their secret bombing mission in Laos. This is the very start of the Vietnam War, at a point where many believed it was going to be an easy ride and long before the cynicism and anger had taken over. But when one of the pilots, Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale), is shot down he is quickly taken prisoner and held with another five men in a makeshift prison camp.
Bale brilliantly plays a man who clearly has no idea how serious the situation is and really has no appreciation for how long he may be imprisoned. When he meets his fellow captives his shock at finding out they have been incarcerated for years already, is a suitable reminder that this is an idealistic young man that 'just wanted to fly'.
The performances throughout the film are outstanding, particularly from Mr. Bale, who repeats his starvation look from 'The Machinist', though it's not quite as extreme ('Recue Dawn' was in fact shot backwards as it's easier to gain weight than lose it, so all the actors started filming with skeletal frames). The other players also do outstanding work as his fellow inmates, varying from paranoid to resigned, and all clearly fighting the urge to hope that they may be able to escape with this new arrival.
The visuals in 'Rescue Dawn' also must be mentioned as they are breathtaking. Filmed in Vietnam, Werner Herzog has done a wonderful job of capturing the beauty of the forests, as well as showing how vast they are and as a consequence terrifying to cross.
Sadly the film is not without it's faults - the major one being that though this is 'based' on a true story you really feel that you're not getting the whole picture. Dieter seems too perfect and never seems to doubt or question his actions or motives, and his responses at times feel like an idealised version of what actually happened. Despite Bale's impressive performance you still wish he could be given a little leeway to really get into the feelings such a terrifying situation would cause.
Despite minor problems 'Rescue Dawn' is a highly watchable movie and has you rooting for Dieter from the get go. Though it's not as strong as other Vietnam films, it certainly takes it's place alongside them and can hold it's head high in their company.
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If you need to feel good for the nightBy aero (7 reviews) from King's Lynn , 08 Sep 2009Watch this to stand up at the end and go 'it's good to be alive' what a brilliantly dirceted work. The characters make this, the actors put everything into it and there is some greta human emotion. The end is crucial to a film for me as so often hollywood can get in the way of reality. I hope they actually did that for him I cried with joy(superb).
QualityBy carlsob (82 reviews) from Kidderminster , 17 Aug 2009Im a fan of Christian Bale's Batman but nothing else. This movie however does show him to be up there with the best. Bale plays Dieter Degler, a german/American soldier who is captured in the build up to the Vietnam conflict. A true story which portrays the horror and madness of the Vietnamese POW camps. Bale's acting is phenomenal and the cinematography is fantastic. Highly reccomend
Enjoyable and thought-provokingBy Esmacious (8 reviews) from UK , 10 Aug 2009This isn't your typical 'Nam film at all - for one thing, it's set in the very earliest days of US involvement, before war is declared. There's no virtually no actual conflict in the film apart from the one bombing raid in which Bale's character, Dieter Dengler, is shot down, very near the start. After some fairly brief but harrowing torture scenes, much of the film takes place in the prison camp.
The focus of the film is how the prisoners deal with their situation - held under armed guard day and night and surrounded by seemingly impenetrable jungle, the others believe their only hope is to be rescued. Bale's performance as the ever-optimistic Dieter is outstanding, as is Steve Zahn's as the more vulnerable Duane.
Based closely on the real Dieter Dengler's experiences, the film is driven much more by character than plot and is ultimately a celebration of the power of the human spirit. , It's refreshing to see a film where the ability to connect with and inspire others is shown to be more powerful than the ability to crush them.
very goodBy a customer from Taunton , 06 Aug 2009Was not sure what to expect but this film was very good. Bale was brilliant, and conveyed the horrors of what being a P.O.W would have felt like. It did slightly lack some depth in the plot but thats just my opinion. This film is certainly worth watching. However I would not rush to watch it again.
Pretty goodBy sandy666 (104 reviews) from Reading , 15 Jun 2009
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideA Vietnam film without all the hyperbole and self-flagellation complaining of a 'lost generation'.
instead you get a 2 hour film telling the story of a pilot who was shot down and taken prisoner.
I'm not sure of the veracity of the story, but it was pretty well acted and for a war film tells its story very simply.
Deiter is well played by Christian Bale. Very much a soldier's tale rather than a tale of th ewhole war and quite refreshing for that.
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