Rescue Dawn (2006)
Writer: Werner Herzog
Director: Werner Herzog
Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn
the true story of Dieter Dengler and his capture and escape from a POW camp in vietnam.
Verner + Christian = good times. Throw in some Steve Zahn and you've got yourself a well-rounded deal.
We also watched the documentary about this, Little Deiter Needs to Fly, which is also a Verner production; so we knew how true to the subject matter the story actually is. Regardless of success, Meister Herzog knows how to film in a jungle. I always look forward to his stuff, even when it doesn't hit as well as it could; and this one did. Being so rooted in actual events helps to give us a worthy payoff.
i had seen this before and therefore am breaking the rules of our blog by writing about it. i liked this movie. we watched little dieter must fly (the herzog documentary on this mr. dieter dengler) and i caught it on showtime or something months and months after we had seent the documentary, and i kept thinking to myself how familiar the story was. it took me about halfway through for the light bulb to light up. christian bale in all his intense method acting, of course, did wonderfully in this. so did steve zahn for that matter. it's hard for me to see steve zahn without associating everything he does with is performance of wayne wayne wayne...jr. "the light is green" from "happy, texas" which holds a soft spot in my heart. in this, even though his character's name is dwayne, he is so far removed from that portrayal, all gaunt and serious. good job, man. good movie. good true story.