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Behind Enemy Lines(2001)

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Roger Ebert gave the film 1 stars out of four, likening it to a comedy: "Its hero is so reckless and its villains so incompetent that it's a showdown between a man begging to be shot, and an enemy that can't hit the side of a Bosnian barn."[11]

While flying a routine reconnaissance mission over Bosnia, fighter pilot Chris Burnett photographs something he wasn't supposed to see and gets shot down behind enemy lines, where he must outrun an army led by a ruthless Serbian general. With time running out and a deadly tracker on his trail, Burnett's commanding officer decides to risk his career and launch a renegade rescue mission to save his life.

There is one impressive scene which is when they get shot down "behind enemy lines". The sound design, the emergency of it, the whipping past the camera of the jet and the missiles actually looks pretty great, including a cream-dream shot of the jet brushing the treetops of a forest and throwing all the snow off its branches. It's the only time I'll backhandedly compliment the direction of John "Die Hard 5" Moore. The rest of the movie is this pre-9/11 (though released post-9/11) jingoistic romanticism of American brashness that may or may not have played well in 2001 but just doesn't play anymore. Not to mention a plot that is an insult to plotting. And Owen, come on. I know you were testing the boundaries of your dramatic chops like your buddy Vince Vaughn at the time, but stick with Wes. In fact, write something new with Wes prontisimo, we miss your synergy.

Behind Enemy Lines is a 2001 action film that stars Owen Wilson as LT Chris Burnett, a US Navy radar intercept officer who must evade enemy forces after his F/A-18 Super Hornet is shot down over Bosnia. Gene Hackman co-stars as RADM Leslie McMahon Reigart, the US Navy admiral who leads the rescue mission to retrieve his downed officer (an interesting bit of trivia: Hackman once portrayed a downed pilot behind enemy lines in the Vietnam War film BAT*21). The film was made with the cooperation of the US Navy. The film would help launch a series of similarly themed DTV films: Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil, Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia and SEAL Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines.

Lt. Chris Burnett (Wilson) a U.S. Navy flight officcer who gets shot down over Bosnia and has to survive while trapped behind enemy lines. The Serb force that is after him, and which summarily executed his pilot, is especially tenacious because during their recon mission Burnett's crew inadvertently photographed mass graves. Running ensues. Meanwhile, a task force led by Rear Admiral Reigart (Hackman) embarks on an (unauthorized) rescue mission to try and rescue Burnett.

What could have been an engrossing story is practically laughable. There could have been plenty of tension. There are many opportunities for suspense in a movie like this. If only someone who knew what they were doing could have been behind the camera.

When hotshot Navy flight officer Chis Burnett (Owen Wilson) is shot down while doing a reconnaissance mission over Bosnia, he finds himself stranded behind enemy lines. While Burnett tries to avoid being captured by a Serbian general and find evidence of illegal military operations in yje demilitarized zone, Admiral Leslie Reigart (Gene Hackman) tries to mount a rescue operation. Standing in his way are the NATO bureaucrats who would rather just leave Burnett to his fate than run the risk of disrupting the peace process.

Owen Wilson plays a Navy pilot who, after being shot down over enemy territory, must struggle to survive the relentless pursuit of a ruthless secret police enforcer, a deadly tracker and hostile troops in 20th Century Fox's Behind Enemy Lines - 2001

Behind Enemy Lines a 2001 film is about a Navy navigator who is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him.

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