Rescue Dawn (2006)


Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog (written by)

Release Date:
23 November 2007 (UK)

Action / Adventure / Drama / War

Plot Outline:
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.

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