No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…
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'm going on a craze right now - watching films from directors I am unfamiliar with. Today I watched my first Herzog film. I can't say I'm really intrigued by him, but that could just be my choice of my first film (of his) - I'm sure his docs are much better.
The first 30 minutes of Rescue are (I dare say) terrible. It's completely jingoistic, self praising, and no skill is put in at all (except Bale's acting chops). There is not skill exhibited by displaying torture and it really raises no important questions. Herzog displays the Vietcong as ruthless SoBs and nothing else. He basically is telling us that they are sadists and their violence is without cause.…
Werner Herzog's film about a pilot being taken prisoner in Vietnam and eventually escaping is one hell of an intelligent and powerful film. Christian Bale is absolutely amazing in this, he displays about all an actor possibly can. The direction is in-depth and cinematography stunning, I was engaged throughout and my eyes were just open in amazement the whole time, just watch it.
Just one of those films I ended up watching for no reason with little expectation (due to lack of research) and ended up thinking 'Dude, that was awesome!' Plus, I actually like Christian Bale now.
I'm not sure how well Herzog's trademark style translates over to modern American war film. And as much as I think that the rawness of it adds layers to the harrowing tale, I don't know how mainstream audiences would feel about it. I think Herzog is a director that's still experimenting with his art, and with these you won't win every time. Some of the visual flourishes seem quite bizarre and out of place, certain scenes, in this experimentation, come across as very low budget, which was two sided. Occasionally, it aided it's realism, in other times, it felt cheap.
Herzog was known for having a pretty good idea of what he was going to film, he…
What an honour to have a filmmaker like Werner Herzog think that your life is interesting enough to warrant his making not only a documentary about it, but also a fictional film. Rescue Dawn is an absolutely stunning film that hits pretty hard with a fistful of realism. The sense of being trapped in the jungle is conveyed perfectly, and all of the performances are top notch. As well, Dieter's Theme is one of the more memorable pieces of original score from a modern film.
Christian Bale shits himself and he's still hot.
Werner Herzog's magnificent journey of one man's incredible struggle to survive is extremely rich and down-to-earth.
Herzog se propone hacer una película heroica, patriótica y prácticamente hagiográfica, y le sale esta maravilla. Una de las mejores películas que he visto sobre la sobada guerra de Vietnam, tremenda, emotiva, fabulosamente interpretada (hasta Christian Bale te cae bien), visualmente fascinante y además muy austera. Es la primera vez que siento de pleno lo del 'infierno verde' y todo ello sin delirios estilísticos ni paranoias raras. Los extras del DVD y el comentario de Herzog son imprescindibles.
In which... Werner Herzog never quite captures the grand concept in a true story film he already covered in a previous documentary, but it doesn't stop him from trying... and doing a great job in the visuals but an okay job with everything else.
Seeing as the director, Werner Herzog, is also a documentary film maker, I guess it's no surprise that this film has a certain documentary feeling about it. Just the way he shoots his scenes, it all feels real. It also occasionally contains shots reminiscent of a Terrence Malick film, focusing on the wildlife and nature that the characters are surrounded by.
One of the big stand-outs to this film are the performances. Christian Bale is absolutely amazing and totally believable. I never for one second saw him as an actor, but instead felt completely invested in him being a man trying to survive. You can just see the insanity and hopelessness creep up as time goes on. I also also…
A superb performance from Bale and his co star Zahn. It was an added bonus that the film looked beautiful despite its content.
The true story of Dieter Dengler, a US Pilot shot down during a classified mission in Laos. A powerful performance by Christian Bale in the central role and outstanding support in an unfamiliar role for Steve Zahn. Werner Herzog directs the movie, the first of his catalogue that I've watched.
pretty faithful to Dengler's true life story. and that's its blessing and its curse. there are moments that reminded me of "The Killing Fields," but the pacing definitely hampered the overall effect for me.
Review to follow...
The whispering one, aka Christian Bale was whispering like Bruce Wayne even when he was playing the role of a captured pilot back in 2006.
I had no empathy whatsoever for the whisperers captured pilot, Dieter Dengler. Came across as a cocky, rather brash, smug, arrogant tosser. Will he escape? Wont he? Will he survive if he manages to escape?
I'm sorry to report I really didn't care threepence. I was wondering beforehand why I didn't finish this one a few years back. And now I know.
I believe I dislike his method as much as I dislike that of Pacino and Cruise. Sooner watch Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie than sit through this wrap yourself up in the flag and wave nonsense again.
Having said that I really enjoyed The Machinist.
- The Brood
- Winter Light
- The Changeling
- The Bridge on the River Kwai
- White Heat
- A Prophet
- Birdman of Alcatraz
- The Hill
A list of most of the prison films I've seen in order of greatness. No doubt I'm missing quite a…
- Apocalypse Now
- Casualties of War
- The Hanoi Hilton
- The Deer Hunter
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