This film follows up on the story of Dieter Dengler, which Herzog had reconstructed in his documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly. Having crashed his plane during the Vietnam war, Dieter is taken prisoner along with other Americans.
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this might be the most hollywood film of herzog. it even has the typical optimistic, hopeful, bombastic orchestral happy ending. despite that, its still a herzog film, a weird film, with his use of wide angle lenses to show the surreality and uneveness of being lost in the jungle. good film.
20 minutes too long, and the ending is overly sentimental for sentimental's sake, but this is a genuinely brilliant piece of entertainment that manages to bring humour and warmth to a dire situation: Hollywood Herzog is okay by me.
I nearly switched off after 20 minutes, but I'm glad I didn't. Terrible at the beginning, but worth sticking with. Although the ending is a bit cheesy too.. so what I'm saying is that it was a good film at some point in the middle! You get the impression that this film was an epic survival for the central actors, and they appeared to give a lot for this film.
Undemanding POW drama. I was expecting something a bit more substantial from Werner Herzog but it's still enjoyable enough even though the fates of the characters involved other than Christian Bale are seemingly of no interest to Herzog. Excellent performances by Bale and the great Steve Zahn.
The style Herzog shot this, made you feel like you were right behind Bale, I think he could have taken a little more time between acts, because it like boom, boom, boom, one thing after thee other, It could have benefited from a extra hour or so.