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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…
I preferred "Little Dieter Needs To Fly" over this, but this is unmistakingly a Herzon flick. The whole thing is wonky in the best way. All very real, in a very real jungle. You can almost smell it.
Werner Herzog's depiction of Dieter Dengler's epic struggle for survival in the jungle of Laos is unsurprisingly a marvel to behold, with the German auteur recreating the fighter pilot's ordeal in a manner convincing enough to make the audience believe that they are also trapped in the very same enclave. This affect is pivotal as Rescue Dawn emphasises aesthetics over narrative which leads to there being discord between the two; for example, we see Dengler's nightmare in full effect but are told little about the life he is striving to return home to. Christian Bale's performance, which is typically prodigious, is lost in translation as a result which whilst not hindering Rescue Dawn's tenability as whole makes it somewhat of a yarn at two hours.
However, as a visual experience the film is bettered by few of its contemporaries and will be enjoyed greatly by those with a penchant for 'man versus the elements' tales.
This was amazing. The colors and direction made it feel like the movie was even shot in 1965. This is at the least in the top 3 bales for me between this dark Knight and American hustle. Wait what about the fighter?! Damn this guy is in some good movies. Let's give it up for Steve Zahn too. Wish he had more roles like this. Or like saving silverman. That's great too. Much more a conventional film than I'm used to by werner herzog but still had some of his touches.
Underrated. Even amongst circles that revere Herzog you don't hear this film discussed all that often, perhaps because it's more conventional than most of his filmography.
Rescue Dawn is about Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale), a pilot during the Vietnam war that was shot down and held as a POW in Laos. The real-life Dieter Dengler was previously the subject of Werner Herzog's earlier documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly. It is interesting to see how Herzog adapts a story and character that he has history with into a narrative film. Christian Bale's performance is one of his best, with the documentary readily available as a comparison to the real guy.
Here's a Werner Herzog-directed POW movie starring Christian Bale as Dieter Dangler, perhaps the best-named character since Dirk Diggler. It's not super original, and corny as fuck at some points, but the competent direction by Herzog and stellar performance by Christian Bale elevate it.
Watched it on Prime
Dieter Dengler, sounds like adult entertainment star. But no, based on a real story and kind of exiting and all, escape and run away in the jungle... Not bad.
Oddly, this feels like a far better depiction of the story than the documentary Little Dieter Learns To Fly. Bale's performance is more than just another exercise in weight loss. His positivity despite adversity shines through. Zahn gives possibly his best turn too. It's a story who's outcome always feels inevitable, so there's never any suspense. But Herzog perfectly captures the setting and desperation of the situation.
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