Behind Enemy Lines 2001

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(66) IMDb 6.4/10
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When pilot Lt. Chris Burnett is shot down in a remote area of the Balkans, his commanding officer sets out to rescue him.

Starring:
Gene Hackman,Owen Wilson
Runtime:
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Behind Enemy Lines

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure
Director John Moore
Starring Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 30 Sept. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This film has some of the best flight sequences I have ever seen. The cinematography is superb, and one gets a glimpse into the speed a pilot experiences as he tries to outmaneuver an oncoming missile; it also shows the "nuts and bolts" of the ejection seat process, which I found fascinating.
Having fairly low expectations for this film, I was amazed at how entertaining and visually stunning it actually is, and am surprised it did not receive greater success in its theatrical release.
It takes place in Bosnia during an imaginary time, with US forces under NATO command, and though fiction, it uses captions at the end, telling the audience what happened to the characters, as if it were a true story.
Filmed on the USS Carl Vinson, and in Slovakia, with the beauty of the Carpathian mountains as a backdrop for the horror of a war zone, director John Moore keeps the pace of this film constantly pumping. Though some characters are somewhat cartoonish, and the script at times silly, much of the acting is good. Gene Hackman can always be depended upon for a solid performance, and Owen Wilson does well as the main protagonist, who starts out as being a rather shallow, whiny fellow, and grows with his extreme experience, as he plays a cat and mouse chase with a Serbian "tracker", played by Russian actor Vladimir Maskov. Gabriel Macht is excellent in the smaller part of the fighter pilot Stackhouse.
Yes, there are times the plot is contrived and not altogether believable, but this is more than made up for by the dazzling cinematography by Brandan Galvin, a fine score by Don Davis, and astounding visual and sound effects…and if you like jets and choppers the way I do, you are guaranteed to like this film.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Pete Murphy on 3 Mar. 2003
Format: DVD
Although it's possible that there's some politically correct people out there that can't enjoy a film if it uses stereotypes, gratuitous violence (most of which ended on the cuttingroom floor anyway), or "typical" Hollywood hamfistedness when tackling issues of recent times that they don't fully understand, Behind Enemy Lines is *still* a great deal of fun. It's pure Saturday night in popcorn entertainment. It's brash, it's loud, there's a ton of explosions, and deep down in there there's something of a message, although to be honest you'd be hard pushed to find it.
The film follows a disillusioned Navy fighter pilot, on the verge of leaving the service as he's lost track of what it is that he's supposed to be fighting for, who then gets shot down over Bosnia during a routine surveillance mission on Christmas Day. He has to evade capture, and eventually try and get to a pick-up point where he'll be lifted to safety by a rescue team from his aircraft carrier. Throw into the mix a bit of genocide, executions, a long chase a la The Fugitive, political wrangling and a surprising amount of tension and suspense and you've got the recipe for a great night in.
Owen Wilson makes for a decent hero, and the film is edited in a flashy style that's both visually appealing and moves along at a fair old pace. Gene Hackman sleepwalks through his role as "The Admiral", chewing on scenery and barking just like you think he will when you see his name in the opening credits.
Behind Enemy Lines is actually a lot better than you'd think it would, or probably should, be and even though you get the rousing flagwaving anthemic music during the final action sequence, this isn't enough to detract from everything that went before it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
Behind Enemy Lines is a surprisingly good action adventure despite starting and ending badly. Despite a few misjudged moments when he can't resist speeding up the film, John Moore's direction is surprisingly good - the sequence where the plane is shot down is brilliantly staged and genuinely exciting stuff - and it doesn't entirely trivialize its East European setting. The need to get a PG-13 waters down the casual violence apparent in the deleted scenes, but it offers an occasionally convincing portrait of a civil war in mundane urban settings. There's some ingenuity in the script, with a particularly impressive use of satellite imaging, but it is let down by an ending that falls prey to the delusion that any foreign policy problem can be solved by sending in helicopter gunships with enough firepower to destroy a small army. No masterpiece, but a very efficient Saturday night special.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Given his long and publicly-loved track record with Comedy – it may be hard for fans of Owen Wilson's to now take him as a straight guy in Army camouflage - dogging bullets in hostile European territory while he waits for Gene Hackman and his boffins on an aircraft carrier to get him to safety. But how many comedians have turned out to be astonishingly good actors when given tough and dark material to work with – there’s a long list. So add "Behind Enemy Lines" to that list of crossovers – because it’s surprisingly good and Wilson is a revelation in it.

But British fans should be aware that when buying the BLU RAY – the ’US’ edition on 20th Century Fox is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' which most aren't.

Buy the UK or European versions instead – they’re dirt-cheap now - a looker on the Format - and a quality War movie you’ll find yourself enjoying a lot more than you thought you would...
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