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Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

Now here's a patriotic movie done right!

It's a true story too, loosely, about a Navy navigator shot down over enemy territory, who is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and opposing troops, all the while his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him (lightly paraphrased from IMDB).

Owen Wilson plays the main man, and though I usually don't feel like this guy's suited for more serious roles he did alright here, accompanied by Gene Hackman as the commanding officer! What a combo. The rest of the squad I don't think I know, but they all seemed authentic.

The soundtrack was an interesting mixture of the techno/trance of the time, marching music and more typical movie music... and some regular songs. A strange combo, but it worked! The movie incorporates pretty interesting angles, rapid fire close-ups and some impressive action choreography and pyrotechnics too, and good props.

Not all has aged authentically, but it shows they put a lot of work into it, and it seems they had fun filming it too, experimental as it often is. Fun fact: there's a lot of fun facts on this one! ;)

The setting? Pretty exciting! Albeit not always the most realistic it's a solid war movie from a rather unusual place, with a rather unusual actor for such a role, and cinematography that's both brutal, fun, and at times: almost poetic. It's interesting also because it's in a time and place that doesn't directly seem to be at war, yet the elements of it are all there.

Really enjoyed this one. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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