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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…
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!
Fascinating study of human particularity
I didn't like this that much the first time I watched it but this time I've really thought it was good. A lot of messed up stuff about Vietnam. Very well shot. The whole thing felt very real. The isolation. The vastness of the jungle. Well acted. Well made.
I'm a great fan to his acting. 😍😍. Christian Bale u r the man with variations "machinists" to "Dark knight"
This movies stands on a one man awesome story plot and soundtrack 😍🙂🙂
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.
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