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.
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.