Rescue Dawn

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Rescue Dawn
Soldiers of misfortune: Bale, right, and Zahn wait for the right moment.
Werner Herzog’s latest is another trial by ordeal, and a further chapter in his ongoing muddying of the borders between documentary and feature filmmaking. ‘Rescue Dawn’ is a pretty straight dramatic account of the real-life story of Dieter Dengler, a German-born US Navy pilot who was shot down over Laos in 1966. Herzog has already told the story of the truly hellish three weeks that followed, in the 1997 doc ‘Little Dieter Needs to Fly’; here Christian Bale does justice to the palpable life-force that Dengler showed in that film. It’s one of Herzog’s smaller features, but visceral, transporting and laced with quiet ironies.

By: Ben Walters


Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday November 23 2007
Duration: 125 mins

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Director: Werner Herzog
Screenwriter: Werner Herzog
Cast: Christian Bale
Steve Zahn
Jeremy Davies

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Interesting what John Badger has to say about the walk-outs. I saw film at a matinee screening along with 3 other couples, 2 of whom walked out. The film does drag somewhat during the middle section but overall I found it absorbing, believable and, oddly, quite humourous. Hated the ending, though, which seemed as though it belonged to another movie.

This is outstanding, ok the crash landing is not entirely convincing, but from then on the film grips you and doesn't let go. Christian Bale leads an exceptional cast in what is a quietly brilliant movie.