Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines

John Moore (2001)

12 Certificate


Our Score
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.


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.

Cast & Crew

Reigart Gene Hackman
Burnett Owen Wilson
Stackhouse Gabriel Macht
Lokar Olek Krupa
Rodway Charles Malik Whitfield
Piquet Joaquim de Almeida
O'Malley David Keith
Tracker Vladimir Mashkov
Director John Moore
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray