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Behind Enemy Lines

  • Drama
  • 2001
  • John Moore (3)
  • 101 mins
  • 12

Summary

A reconnaissance pilot is shot down and becomes stranded in enemy territory after filming evidence of a genocidal massacre by Serb militia in Bosnia. The naval air commander for Nato forces in the Balkans defies orders by mounting an unauthorised mission to rescue him, while the airman faces a battle to stay alive as he is pursued by paramilitary forces. Bosnian War drama, starring Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson, Gabriel Macht and Olek Krupa.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Owen Wilson takes a break from his more usual comedy roles here, playing a naval reconnaissance pilot who's shot down over Bosnia after inadvertently filming evidence of war crimes. Gene Hackman is the maverick admiral who battles Nato caution to find his flyboy before the pursuing Serbs get their hands on him. Former commercials director John Moore proves a dab hand at the action stuff - the sequence where Wilson is shot down is thrilling, edge-of-the-seat cinema - but, pyrotechnics aside, the rest of film is less enthralling and comprises Wilson running, stopping, getting shot at, and then running again. This is hardly surprising with such a dull script and characters. Hackman's bad-tempered naval commander in particular is so two-dimensional, he'd disappear if he turned sideways. A shame really because, if the rest of Behind Enemy Lines matched up to the action scenes, we'd be talking four-star material here.

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Credits

Cast

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Lieutenant Chris BurnettOwen Wilson
ReigartGene Hackman
StackhouseGabriel Macht
RodwayCharles Malik Whitfield
PiquetJoaquim de Almeida
O'MalleyDavid Keith
LokarOlek Krupa
TrackerVladimir Mashkov
BazdaMarko Igonda

Crew

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DirectorJohn Moore (3)

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2002-01-04
Language
English
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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