Thursday, November 13, 2008
I have seen Rescue Dawn twice now. I don't remember exactly what I thought of it the first time, but I can tell you now that it has got to be one of the greatest hero movies ever made.
Rescue Dawn tells the true story of Dieter Dangler, a Navy pilot. His plane crashes on his first mission, and he then becomes a POW.
I'm not going to try to give a plot summary here. I hate writing those...but I am going to explain what I thought of the movie.
Dieter and his friends react to their imprisonment and torture the way a normal person would. That's why the movie is so fantastic, and that's why Dieter Dangler is a hero. Because he did fall, he did hurt, and he nearly went crazy. Comic Book Heroes wouldn't do that.
What's so great about the characters is their weaknesses, and how the few strengths that they have help them through their imprisonment and escape.
This has got to be the ultimate trial for any human being. I can't imagine how terrible it would be to go through what POW's go through and have gone through. In Rescue Dawn, the jungle that I always admire in other stories and dream about for my own (pythons, tigers, dark leaves, etc.) becomes menacing and frightening. The jungle that Dieter and Duane travel through is incredibly green and dense at the same time...something that always seemed beautiful. It might take awhile for me to see the mysterious beauty that I admired before. What I saw in Rescue Dawn was harsh brutality in the immense green leaves.
What else can I say? I thought this was a really good movie. Steve Zahn and Christian Bale star in it, so it has to be good right? We do have TV Guardian, and I'm warning against the graphic violence, another part that made the movie so harshly realistic. It was a great story. Because it had a happy ending after all that Dangler went through. Christian Bale is an amazing actor and gave an awesome performance. I was practically astounded. Just watch him when he explains to Duane why he became a pilot. You could just about see the story he was telling.
So, ten out of ten. I'm glad I watched it again. Also November Movie of the Month. :D
Oh, and here's a trailer so you can kind of see the jist of it. Looks pretty amazing doesn't it? The movie is better than the trailer. I had forgotten how good it was.