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A Navy pilot is shot down over enemy territory, and struggles to survive the relentless pursuit of a ruthless secret police enforcer, a deadly tracker, and countless hostile troops. With time running out, the injured pilot's commanding officer goes against orders to carry out a desperate rescue mission.
Drama - A high action movie with lots of thrills and suspense. Sure to
please most moviegoers. While it may appear to be a "guy's" movie, I
believe most women will find it to be very entertaining. NOTE: It does contain some unrealistic scenes such as the
American pilot's ability to dodge bullets while easily killing the
enemy. He also does some stupid things that easily expose him to the
enemy as he is trying to flee from them. I'm sure a real military
person wouldn't act this way.
PROFANITY: 10 GD's, 2 F-words, 19 S-words. Some milder ones. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Not a lot of violence, but some is graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: A high amount of war type action throughout. COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny remarks.
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Review Below Average "As steel-toed, tin-eared, flat-footed, jingoistic
military thrillers go, Behind Enemy Lines marches in formation, clomping
down familiar roads..''
James Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull
Review Good "This thriller, which is constructed on the foundation of a
time-honored formula, succeeds purely on its ability to generate an adrenaline
rush. It also boasts the kind of ending that encourages an ovation from an
enthusiastic audience. It's not great art, but it is effectively manipulative
filmmaking, and offers a fairly uncomplicated portrait of individual heroism."
Review Below Average "The premiere of "Behind Enemy Lines" was
held aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. I wonder if it played as a
comedy. Its hero is so reckless and its villains so incompetent that it's a
showdown between a man begging to be shot, and an enemy that can't hit the side
of a Bos-nian barn.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Below Average "Moved up from its original 2002 release date to
capitalize on post-World Trade Center patriotic fervor, this military drama is
essentially a Chuck Norris movie with trendy production values.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Here's another prime example where the critics do not have the same opinion about a movie as the majority of moviegoers. Most critics rated this movie quite low.
NOT MOVIEGOERS! Even though this movie has some problems (unrealistic scenes), most moviegoers overlooked these problems and thoroughly enjoyed "Behind Enemy Lines." Neither age or gender seemed to make much difference in the opinions.
This is an easy movie to HIGHLY RECOMMEND to those who can overlook the movies flaws and just enjoy the adrenaline rush.
Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected) GREAT MOVIE! Exciting and suspenseful. It's exactly what it appears to be from the previews. If you go to movies strictly to be entertained, you won't be disappointed. If you go looking for a new and refreshing story, this isn't it. It's pretty much a formula movie and therefore predictable, but it is entertaining.
I predict "Behind Enemy Lines" will receive very high opinions from both males and females of all ages.
NOTE: This movie contains some unrealistic scenes such as the American pilot's ability to dodge bullets while easily killing the enemy. He also does some stupid things that easily expose him to the enemy as he is trying to flee from them. I'm sure a real military person wouldn't act this way. If you can look past these shortcomings, I believe you will enjoy the movie very much.
Lieutenant Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson) is a top naval aviator who is frustrated that fragile geo-politics have kept him from what he knows best: flying F/A- 18 Superhornet jets into combat. "We're watching, not fighting," he tells Admiral Reigart (Gene
Hackman), who thinks Burnett hasn't really learned what it means to be a soldier.
During a routine reconnaissance mission, Burnett photographs something no one was meant to see and is shot down. Trapped behind enemy lines, Burnett struggles to survive the relentless pursuit of a ruthless secret police enforcer, a deadly tracker, and countless hostile troops. With time running out, Reigart makes the wrenching decision to set aside the rules of the tightly-controlled world in which he operates and risks his career to launch a renegade rescue mission to save the life of one soldier.