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Rescue Dawn
Christian Bale and Steve Zahn




Overview -
Incomparable director Werner Herzog takes another strange turn in his eclectic career with RESCUE DAWN--a major studio picture starring Christian Bale (BATMAN BEGINS). The film is an adaptation of Herzog's 1997 documentary LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY, which focused on Dieter Dengler, a pilot who was imprisoned by enemy forces during the Vietnam war. Dengler escaped and his incredible reminisces about this period in his life spilled onto the screen in Herzog's documentary. Here, Bale plays Dengler, while Herzog constructs a dark masterpiece around him, inviting his audience to observe a dramatic reconstruction of the events that beset the unfortunate soldier. Bale's Dengler is aided by fellow captive Duane (Steve Zahn), and a capable cast of characters who variously play prisoners and sadistic guards. The film is split into two parts, with the harrowing experiences of prison life taking the bulk of Herzog's screen time, followed by a desperate bid for survival in the jungle. Bale really gets a chance to demonstrate his acting chops as RESCUE DAWN unravels, with the actor heading on a rapid downward spiral as the film progresses. Herzog rarely allows the tension to drop throughout, and while most audiences may expect some relief as Dengler escapes his confines, things get much worse as he heads into the perilous Vietnamese jungle. Herzog presents plenty of raw emotion and a rough, at times barely watchable, portrayal of the human spirit, as Dengler's sanity is severely tested, and often only held together by his companionship with Duane. RESCUE DAWN requires a strong stomach, but it's a rewarding trip, and another wonderful addition to the Herzog canon.

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Overview

Incomparable director Werner Herzog takes another strange turn in his eclectic career with RESCUE DAWN--a major studio picture starring Christian Bale (BATMAN BEGINS). The film is an adaptation of Herzog's 1997 documentary LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY, which focused on Dieter Dengler, a pilot who was imprisoned by enemy forces during the Vietnam war. Dengler escaped and his incredible reminisces about this period in his life spilled onto the screen in Herzog's documentary. Here, Bale plays Dengler, while Herzog constructs a dark masterpiece around him, inviting his audience to observe a dramatic reconstruction of the events that beset the unfortunate soldier. Bale's Dengler is aided by fellow captive Duane (Steve Zahn), and a capable cast of characters who variously play prisoners and sadistic guards. The film is split into two parts, with the harrowing experiences of prison life taking the bulk of Herzog's screen time, followed by a desperate bid for survival in the jungle. Bale really gets a chance to demonstrate his acting chops as RESCUE DAWN unravels, with the actor heading on a rapid downward spiral as the film progresses. Herzog rarely allows the tension to drop throughout, and while most audiences may expect some relief as Dengler escapes his confines, things get much worse as he heads into the perilous Vietnamese jungle. Herzog presents plenty of raw emotion and a rough, at times barely watchable, portrayal of the human spirit, as Dengler's sanity is severely tested, and often only held together by his companionship with Duane. RESCUE DAWN requires a strong stomach, but it's a rewarding trip, and another wonderful addition to the Herzog canon.

Main Cast & Crew

Werner Herzog - Director
Christian Bale
Steve Zahn
Jeremy Davies
Marshall Bell
Francois Chau
Craig Gellis
Zach Grenier
GQ
Pat Healy
Toby Huss

 

Details

Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Run Time: 114
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 027616092137
  • Genre: Action
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for some sequences of intense war violence and torture)
  • Release Date: November 2007

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
True Story
Vietnam
Jungle
Theatrical Release
Vietnam War
Soldiers
Fighter Pilots

 

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Theatrical Release: July 4, 2007

Reviews:
"[With] dark Nietzschean insinuations and ferocious performances from Christian Bale and Steve Zahn." - 09/29/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.57


"Bale plays his character with much bravado..." - 11/01/2006 Box Office, p.102


"[W]ith an authenticity and eccentricity that's pure Herzog....Just as rousing and involving as any more conventional film of the sort you could name." - 12/01/2006 Premiere, p.44


"Herzog builds incredible tension without losing sight of the toll war takes on what makes us human." - 05/31/2007 Rolling Stone, p.82


"Zahn and Bale enact an enthralling masculine duet. Out of a harrowing story set in a foreign thicket, Herzog has found American beauty." -- Grade: A- - 07/13/2007 Entertainment Weekly, p.47


"Bale turns in a mesmerizing performance....Steve Zahn, a fellow captive, shows he has the chops for serious drama." - 07/06/2007 USA Today, p.6D


4 stars out of 5 -- "Christian Bale is phenomenal....Gripping, emotional and, oddly, gloriously optimistic." - 11/01/2007 Total Film, p.60


3 stars out of 5 -- "Echoes of Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo reverberate around Dengler's predicament." - 10/19/2007 Empire, p.73


3 stars out of 5 -- "Immensely watchable, gripping and thematically of a piece with the likes of AGUIRRE WRATH OF GOD..." - 12/01/2007 Uncut, p.134

 

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