18 May, 2021

Behind Enemy Lines

This war film does what other works in the same genre have failed to do—create a narrative that survives totally on form.

Behind Enemy Lines
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Starring: Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson, David Keith, Joaquim De Almeida
Director: John Moore
Rating: ***


It is all about soundtrack, camerawork, editing techniques and special-effects. This war film does what other works in the same genre have failed to do—create a narrative that survives totally on form. The storyline is thin and predictable. After giving seven best years of his life to the United States navy, top naval aviator Lieutenant Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson) feels repressed and burnt-out. Chided by Admiral Reigart (Gene Hackman) for impatience and a short-sighted vision of military life, Burnett goes on a Christmas-eve photo reconnaissance mission. He extends his brief and flies into a demilitarised zone near the Balkan coast, guarded by the American navy under nato command. He spots Serb activity, but his plane is shot down. His pilot gets killed in cold blood and he runs for his life in hostile enemy territory, pursued relentlessly by ruthless and motivated Serbs, knowing that a rescue mission...

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