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A true story of survival... declassified.
A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
"I never wanted to go to war. I just wanted to fly." ~ Dieter Dengler
Nobody pulls off stories in the wild better than director Werner Herzog. Here, once again, he teams up with cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger, taking us deep into the overgrown terrain of Southeast Asia, as a U.S. fighter pilot is downed and captured in Laos at the height of the Vietnam War. Christian Bale, no stranger to prisoner of war films ("Empire of the Sun"), plays the role of Flight Lieutenant Dieter Dengler, a real life American POW who managed to escape after being imprisoned by the Vietcong, only to find that the jungle was his real jailer.
Joining the cast as fellow American prisoners are Steve…
This was the first movie that I've ever seen from Werner Herzog, and I am utterly speechless right now.
Rescue Dawn , directed by Werner Herzog, follows Dieter Dengler, a US Navy Pilot who gets shot down after his first flight in Laos, during the eve of the Vietnam War. It's a hardy account of his misfortunes as he is paraded around, captive, town to town, before finally forced to settle down in a prisoner camp, where he plots and plans his famous escape with a group of 5 other unhinged prisoners, whose hopelessness he transforms through a prison break.
Christian Bale, as usual, is perfection when it comes to the portrayal of Dieter Dengler. He captures the desolation and…
This was absolutely brilliant! I'm glad I chose to watch Werner Herzog's films in order, as I can see how he evolved as a filmmaker. He utilized the same style as Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo but told a compelling story, something he learned how to do with his documentaries. And the visual aesthetic was beautiful. It looks nothing like a "modern" war film, it looks fucking real and at points it looked like it was filmed in the 70s or 80s. I loved this film, the best I've seen from Herzog.
A few days ago I watched the documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly. That was my first time watching anything by Werner Herzog but frankly I wasn't too inclined on watching it. I'm pretty much that way with any documentary with a subject I'm unfamiliar with. I always think it's going to be tedious, over-sentimental, a drag... and then I watch it and I feel like an idiot for not watching it any sooner. Like usual, that's what happened here.
Little Dieter tells the story of U.S. fighter pilot Dieter Dengler who was shot down over Laos while on a bombing mission classified as Rescue Dawn in 1966. For about six months he was stuck in the jungles of Laos…
Admittedly I haven't seen that many Werner Herzog films but I wasn't expecting quite that many references to people shitting themselves.
There's a lot of that going on in Rescue Dawn. When Christian Bale gets captured and, shortly after, gets tied to to the floor under the baking sun, he's more worried about shitting himself than anything else. Also, later on when he gets taken to a POV camp, one of the first discussions he has with his fellow prisoners sees Jeremy Davies accusing Steve Zahn of shitting himself every night.
Now if Herzog is going to spend so much time on this then he should at…
It's finally happened. I'm left disappointed by a Werner Herzog movie. None of the incredible breadth and wisdom displayed in his previous work is here. This just feels like a war movie with Christian Bale. A very basic, poorly done war movie that doesn't hold up even less than 10 years down the road.
I completely understand why Herzog would choose to make this film. The man is fascinated by true stories, even more so in his later years it seems. This is a compelling true story, about a downed pilot in Laos. That has the potential to be a great film. Bale puts in a great performance. Steve Zahn is surprisingly good as well in one of the few…
Whether it's an enjoyable one or not, Rescue Dawn is, at the very least, an admirable film. Werner Herzog really proves himself as a technically outstanding fiction feature director here: filmed in Thailand, the jungles of Vietnam and the POW camp feel like real locations rather than specially designed sets, which really brings out the wartime atmosphere of the movie. In terms of storytelling, Herzog tells the story of Lt. Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale) in a slow and deliberate manner that brings out the story more realistically than one that rushes with too much excitement. Dengler and his fellow POWs (Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies) pace their planned escape realistically: they think things out, slowly acquire tools they need, and put…
I prefer Little Dieter. Christian Bale?
Werner Herzog directed Rescue dawn basically is a very well made gripping real-life thriller.Besides terrific acting & a compelling (true!!) story, this film does not wallow in over-glorifying itself. It doesn't try to pump up the audience with patriotic blather or "gee whiz, what a guy" feel good stuff. It simply tells the story of this incredibly courageous and resourceful man, Dieter Dengler.
Filmmaker Werner Herzog has created something special with Rescue Dawn, not only is it visceral but it's very effective in it's storytelling. The film also looks amazingly shot, Werner has a great eye for detail so much so that his films feel very much real and surreal at the same time, it's an interesting tone he has going throughout the film but it totally works.
Christian Bale is fantastic playing the central character and i think this could be in his top 3 performances, the character being a real life person i can't tell if he stayed true to the source or not but this man is such a positive guy that it's inspiring how humble and gentle he seems…
Second tier Vietnam war drama. Light on vigorous action, heavy on suspense and buildup. Bale's work is phenomenal though.
The first half got a bit stale. But it def gets more guerrilla-filmmaking for the second half.
christian bale sort of acted strange. I dunno it seemed almost comical how he sort of remaked on some things out loud. He wasn't unbearable or anywhere near it, just didn't seem like his sort of usual character.
Anyway, v good film.
Paired with Little Dieter. I prefer the docu version.
You can tell it's a Werner Herzog movie because the camera lingers on strange things, like a guy doing flips or some big insects.
I enjoyed this a great deal, even with the supposed character inaccuracies, though I could've done with less Christian Bale shouting. That guy sounds weird when he shouts.
So far as I know this is as close as Herzog ever came to making a mainstream thriller, a POW movie turned prison break movie turned wilderness survival movie. But how else would you tell the story of Dieter Dengler?
As a document of a little slice of history, well, Herzog already made that movie. This is more of a splashy entertainment, and if it's looser with the facts, well why would we expect Herzog to stick closer to them than anyone else?
Much of the movie hinges on Bale, so guileless, so hopeful to the point of being a bit of a meathead. The rest is on that merciless jungle. I kept worrying, what the hell kind of snake is that? You're gonna get a snake in the face, Dengler! Grip that shit closer to the head!
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