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on 25 September 2017
Great film
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on 12 September 2017
One of the very few films I can watch over again!
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on 5 May 2010
Love it
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on 1 April 2017
As expected
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HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 4 March 2014
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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on 20 August 2017
I really enjoyed seeing Owen Wilson in a very serious role . This is a haunting film . The scenery and images are breath taking . Shame it all went a bit Hollywood blockbuster at the end
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on 3 March 2003
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.
The DVD is a good example of what could have been without too much interference by the US rating board. All the footage that was considered "too graphic" for public consumption appears in the deleted scenes (with optional commentary) - basically more violence during the battle in Hac, and more footage from the mass grave Owen Wilson discovers whilst trying to evade capture. It's grim, but the film could have benefitted from it's inclusion as it lends itself to a darker, more fitting tone. There's alternate takes on various sequences, sfx breakdowns, commentaries, plenty to keep you occupied after watching the film.
The film itself is a stunning presentation, visually it's flawless and the audio, in either Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1, will literally tear your livingroom apart during the action sequences, although it's just as impressive with ambient effects during quieter moments, creating a full 3D soundfield that's amongst the best I've heard.
Very entertaining and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone that can happily remove their brain when they watch these kind of movies
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on 14 July 2016
:)
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on 1 April 2008
This film is absolutely brilliant.
The whole idea of it works well. Chris Burnett is alone when fighting bad soldiers shoot down his aircraft because he and his friend Stackhouse were taking pictures of all their illegal activity.

I would definitely recommend this film to anyone. The actors Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson deliver great performances from beginning to the end.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 28 November 2017
Oh dear!? Clearly plenty of money was spent making this film. Jets and aircraft carriers, and bombed out former Soviet-bloc settings such as we see here, don't come cheap. But despite the multi-million dollar budget, it's naff.

The plot is potentially good: US pilots are shot down in hostile territory. How will they survive? Will they be rescued? One feels that the context - the horrifying ethnic wars in Bosnia - is not treated with enough sympathy or understanding. It's just used as a backdrop for a 'goodies versus baddies' scenario utterly lacking in sophistication.

Talking of which, one of the early warnings that this isn't going to be much cop is the use of godawful music throughout. The sort of strident garbage better suited to gym workouts than any kind of film.

Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman should've shown themselves more discerning. They're both good actors. But they can't rescue this turkey. Some of the filming is pretty slick. But when the heart of the film beats so erratically and weakly, such trickery smacks of dumb desperation. Character and dialogue are lacking, and plot credibility is more full of holes than a string vest.

I did manage to watch all the way through. But I felt robbed, frankly. The final scene is a damp and predictable squib, and not the chest-beatingly manly and proud firework display the soundtrack lamely tries to suggest. Watchable, just. But I wouldn't recommend it.
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