It is interesting to see Herzog in a production like this. He keeps his integrity and is able to do a good, solid film. In his body of work, I do prefer the documentaries and the more experimental (did not want to say poetic, because that adjective does not sound herzogian) films. But this is quite interesting. Herzog is interested in telling the stories, the details that usually are left untold. See where it ends.
Lo más sobresaliente es sin duda esa transformación física de Christian Bale, cuestión que supera incluso el nivel performativo del actor. Para eso preferiría citar la actuación de uno de sus acompañantes de celda, un neurótico y también calavérico. Está también es cuadro paisajista. Herzog no deja de espiar los contextos en donde existe la oportunidad de montar una expedición, una odisea. La selva, su debilidad.
Sullo sfondo di una natura meravigliosa,mostrata già in Aguirre e Fitzcarraldo,Herzog costruisce un'intensa storia di guerra intrisa di coraggio,speranza e voglia di libertà .Colori magnifici(il rosso della terra è grandioso),scene da Maestro(la sequenza nella giungla toglie il fiato) e direzione artistica con pochissime sbavature. Herzog lascia sempre il segno. 4*
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.
Poorly written and researched; Some strange directorial choices; Unlikeable lead; moralistically bankrupt ending; no insight or sympathy for the captors; Nearly all the characters make several very poor decisions. As a fan of Herzog, this was a surprising disappointment
I like the movie as an interesting look of one man's journey in war. The movie claimed to be “based on true story” however it is said to be highly inaccurate. I understand, the movie tries to be entertaining but in this case of POW film it should have been handed respectfully with the truth! What these POW went through are too important to be distorted as whatever the Director and the Studio wants it to be.
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.
Christian Bale proves once again he's the finest actor alive with this incredible performance. The movie was great too, I really thought the way Herzog shot the jungle was fantastic and score was also just incredible. All around highly entertaining and extremely well done with amazing performances, especially from Bale.