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Dieter Dengler is the only American to ever break out of a POW camp in the impenetrable Laotian jungle. After months plotting his getaway and a death-defying journey through some of the world's fiercest wilderness, Dengler appeared at his first press conference looking like a dashing movie star and showing neither sentimentality nor bitterness - simply an indomitable will to survive that allowed him to triumph against impossible odds.
Drama - This is a period war time drama that will especially satisfy fans of
star Christian Bale. There isn't a lot of the traditional combat
scenes as it focuses on a POW camp. The target audience is adult
moviegoers, particularly men. While the film is often harrowing, it
is ultimately an uplifting film.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good With its high level of verisimilitude, unhurried pace, and stretches of tension, Rescue Dawn represents a solid effort from Herzog (who seems to be dividing his time between documentaries and feature films) that fans of the genre should actively seek out.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good The movie is, indeed, perhaps the most believable that Herzog has made. For a director who gravitates toward the extremes of human behavior, this film involves extreme behavior, yes, but behavior forced by the circumstances. There is nothing in it we cannot, or do not, believe.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 50 moviegoers:We weren't able to collect a lot of reviews but luckily what we did collect clearly shows that most everyone enjoyed "Rescue Dawn." You'll notice there aren't many "Fantastic" reviews but there are lots of "Very Good" and "Excellent" reviews with very few lower ones. What this tells me is that "Rescue Dawn" isn't a great movie but it's darn close. Moviegoers clearly enjoyed it very much and it's certainly worth your time and money. RECOMMENDED.
Dieter Dengler (CHRISTIAN BALE) had dreamed of flying since his childhood in wartime Germany. The only place he ever wanted to be was in the sky, but now, on his very first top-secret mission over Laos, the ace aviator's plane is shot down to earth. Trapped in an impassable jungle far from U.S. control, Dengler is soon captured by notoriously dangerous Pathet Lao soldiers. Though he quickly realizes he is in the most terrifying and vulnerable of circumstances, he never gives an inch.
After a shocking initial ordeal, he is taken to a small Laotian prison camp, where he meets two American soldiers already held captive for a stultifying two years - both nearly broken in spirit. Duane (STEVE ZAHN) can only recommend keeping quiet to stay alive, while the barely sane "Gene from Eugene" (JEREMY DAVIES) insists they are all about to be released any minute now. But Dengler has no intention of sticking around the nightmarish camp, so he begins to dream up an escape plan that takes his fellow prisoners by surprise with its savvy and audacity. Dengler doesn't even know where he is - but he knows with unwavering certainty that he must not stop fighting for his life. As he makes his way into the jungle, his journey will never let up, as it takes him from the bonds of fraternity to the brink of despair, to one of the most remarkable rescues in modern history.