Werner Herzog (written by)
23 November 2007 (UK)
Action / Adventure / Drama / War
A US Fighter pilot’s epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
(Cast overview, first billed only)
Zach Grenier … Squad Leader
Marshall Bell … Admiral Berrington
Christian Bale … Lt. Dieter Dengler
Toby Huss … Spook
Pat Healy … Norman
GQ … Farkas (as Gregory J. Qaiyum)
James Oliver … Jet Pilot
Brad Carr … U.S. Navy Pilot
Mr. Saichia Wongwiroj … Pathet Lao Guard
François Chau … Province Governor
Teerawat Mulvilai … Little Hitler (as Teerawat ‘Ka-Ge’ Mulvilai)
Mr. Yuttana Muenwaja … Crazy Horse
Mr. Kriangsak Ming-olo … Jumbo
Somkuan ‘Kuan’ Siroon … Nook the Rock
Mr. Chorn Solyda … Walkie Talkie
I saw favourable things leading up to watching this film, but I think it’s the American patriotism and true story fever gone mad as usual.
I was hoping that Bale was going to show me something new in this film but I think his performances are basically the same from film to film, just toned up or down. The story itself has basically been trodden through films many times before and I have to admit I was a little bored at times. From the starting scenes on the aircraft carrier I had a bad feeling, it was just like watching Top Gun or Behind Enemy Lines.
Yes it’s a true story, or at least based on one, but it doesn’t ignite anything for me.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a perfectly watchable film, it’s just, well, a little bit boring.