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December 17, 2007

Rescue Dawn - 5

Director Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and Christian Bale team up to tell the story of a lost pilot in the early days of the Vietnam war. In a similar vein to Stalag 17, most of the film is a group of prisoners held in a camp bonding over a plan to escape to freedom. The film shows the camaraderie of the military, the psychological effects of war and imprisonment, and ends with a celebration of escape, success, and freedom (which I think is not suppose to be taken as ironic, but could be). It is an interesting and well shot film. And while taking a different approach to the Vietnam war film genre, it doesn't stand out as distinctly.

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