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½ October 14, 2017
Movie about a group of Vietnam soldiers taken prisoner by the enemy and what life was like in the prison camp. I didn't like this movie. I kept seeing the whole movie set for what it was, a fake movie set. I didn't believe the actors either.
September 26, 2017
A really awesome movie, the will of a man to survive against all odds is truly remarkable; this is one of the best showcases of man vs nature. The acting by the cast is superb, there starved body's and the mental trauma looks and feels realistic.

As for its based on true events, it's all bullshit, its a rough version of the escape, a flawed Hollywood style version, the actual true story was even better but Hollywood had its own agenda, a one-man effort needed to be shown, so a group's efforts had to be shown to be done by a single person, worse part was few of the POW were shown in negative cast, whereas in real life that was not the case, real shame on the director to bring down real-life heroes in such a manner.

The movie itself is a marvel a 5/5 but it's all made up emotion and to use real facts in such a twisted fake way makes me want to give it a 1/5.
August 22, 2017
Christian Bale is a talented actor
August 13, 2017
Rescue Dawn: Director Werner Herzog helms this larger than life true story of Dieter Dengler, the only American POW in the Vietnam War to escape the formidable jungles of Southeast Asia. The film has everything a war movie aficionado could want - a compelling story of a real war hero, loaded with gruesome details of life in a sweat-soaked Laotian POW camp, a harrowing escape months later that details what happened, and an impressive performance from Christian Bale as a man with an unyielding will to survive. B+
June 1, 2017
I like people who weren't captured #Sad #Loser
Save your time and watch "Apocalypse Now"
May 28, 2017
Werner Herzog directs Christian Bale in a Vietnam escape/adventure film, and the results are irresistible.
Super Reviewer
May 27, 2017
*SPOILER ALERT*

a slow burner, it started off with the usual christian bale dodgy acting and a cheap looking plane crash. it somewhat improved during the P.O.W. camp mid-section. NOTE: drink coffee to stay awake. the eventual escape and final act though was immense. focused purely on survival i found myself wanting it to go on. i could've watched that bit only expanded into a whole film in itself. the beautiful location it was shot in helped and well... the positives more than outweighed the negatives.
½ April 21, 2017
Interesting film and gripping in places. It brings home how frightening it must have been when being captured and when alone in the jungle.
April 21, 2017
Never one to take the easy approach, Werner Herzog brings his usual brand of intensity and untamed lunacy to Rescue Dawn, a tale of Vietnam era imprisonment. I'm a big fan of movies based on this conflict, such as The Deer Hunter, Platoon, Apocalypse Now etc., and while Rescue Dawn might not rank among these in terms of quality and lasting appeal, it's still a great watch. The principle cast of Christian Bale, Steve Zahn and Jeremy Davies transform both physically and mentally before our very eyes, worn away by starvation, fatigue and despair. It has long sequences of the actors speaking in frustratingly muted tones, which makes little sense since they often do so around guards who clearly don't speak English, and most of the time aren't anywhere near them anyway. The first half of the film is by far the best, with our heroes fighting against what seems like their inevitable fate. The second half doesn't come close in terms of emotional impact, as it turns into more of a routine Hollywood escape film, with scenes and scenarios that, even if they did really occur, seem a little to contrived to be true. It thankfully doesn't sink the movie however, which is powerful, frank and visually stunning. Watch it if you ever get the chance.
April 4, 2017
A typical Werner Herzog effort about man vs nature. I'm perplexed by the fact that this movie was completely overlooked by the Academy. Christian Bales' performance is mesmerizing, cinematography is awesome and the theme is inspiring.
January 5, 2017
The reviews say that Steve Zahn is amazing in this movie. Couple that with Bale and Herzog...
October 9, 2016
Undoubtedly one of the best movies on the Vietnam war topic so far, Rescue Dawn is a powerful and insightful war drama, illuminated by great performances and by a clever directing from Werner Herzog.
½ September 21, 2016
Whether it's an enjoyable one or not, Rescue Dawn is, at the very least, an admirable film. Werner Herzog really proves himself as a technically outstanding fiction feature director here: filmed in Thailand, the jungles of Vietnam and the POW camp feel like real locations rather than specially designed sets, which really brings out the wartime atmosphere of the movie. In terms of storytelling, Herzog tells the story of Lt. Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale) in a slow and deliberate manner that brings out the story more realistically than one that rushes with too much excitement. Dengler and his fellow POWs (Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies) pace their planned escape realistically: they think things out, slowly acquire tools they need, and put their plan into action only when the time is right. This results in a bit of a slow pace for the 126 minute film, which absolutely brings the movie to a drag at times, but it works contextually.

But there's something off at times. Bale's performance as Dengler is full of relentless courage and strength, as to be expected from an actor who always gives it his all, but some of his line delivery feels oddly stilted. There's scenes in which Dengler is screaming when faced with the barrel of a rifle, and the dialogue just doesn't flow well enough. It's hard to pinpoint whether it's just not great delivery from Bale, or if Herzog's dialogue is just awkwardly written, but it's occasionally distracting nonetheless. A lot of the things that bring Rescue Dawn down are just little things like this: Klaus Badelt's score is beautiful but overbearing, the visual effects for the plane crash are awkward (although this is Herzog's first major use of digital effects), and the ending is oddly conventional for a filmmaker like Herzog. We know how it's going to end, sure, but it lacks that punch that the story should have.
July 22, 2016
**
It's well made and has a good performance by Christian Bale at its center, but for the most part I found Rescue Dawn to be poorly paced and boring at times.
½ July 19, 2016
Bale's character may be overly patriotic but Rescue Dawn remains a compelling piece of art.
½ May 29, 2016
Worst movie I have ever seen. Horrible way to spend two hours. This was so depressing, there wasn't one up or highlight of the movie until the last 2 minutes. It's just awful. Whoever gave this movie higher than a 1 needs to stop rating movies forever.
May 13, 2016
Rescue Dawn is a remarkably immersive true story of one man's struggle to survive in the Vietnam War. Herzog directs well, juxtaposing the dread beauty of nature with the brutality of human beings in the true story. Genuine and powerful suspense leads to several emotionally charged and tense moments (this is helped by incredible acting on the part of Bale and the rest of the cast) and even if the last couple of minutes strike a weird and unnaturally upbeat note, Rescue Dawn remains a fine telling of a story of both human cruelty and resilience.
May 11, 2016
This was a good film with appropriate amounts of realism and a great amount of tension and suspense in the plot.
½ April 2, 2016
A note just for myself:: Please do not watch it again.
½ March 27, 2016
Very good. Engaging, thrilling, and emotional.
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