Rescue Dawn is about the trails and tribulations of a pilot name Dieter Dengler. Dieter Dengler becomes a POW and suffers many hardships throughout the movie. Dieter is played by Christian Bale and the movie was directed by Werner Herzog. I am a huge fan of Christian Bale and his work in the movie was absolutely amazing. I am always surprised at how well he plays his roles. Despite Christian Bale’s superb performance I didn’t enjoy the movie as much as I thought I would. I’m going to break down the reason why I like and dislike this movie.

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Here are the reasons why I disliked the movie:

· Dieter gets shot down so quickly it’s ridiculous.

· The movie was too long. I believed the same message could have been present in a shorter time frame.

· The beginning of the movie was slow.

· Dieter rarely shows weakness, never fails, making it hard to take the character seriously

· He survives in a jungle for weeks, learns to hunt and becomes Tarzan without explanation.

· I was actually expecting more than 30 seconds of action

Reasons why I liked this movie:

· Christian Bale’s performance is amazing.

· The cinematography was amazing and the scenery was breathtaking.

· The 15 minutes escape scene was worth the wait.

· When he finally gets rescued, you actually feel happy for him

CONCLUSION:

The movie has its moments and has breath taking scenery, but it’s nowhere near, Apocalypse Now or Platoon. This film was critically acclaimed but I’m afraid I do not share the same enthusiasm. Although I didn’t think the movie was great I still think its worth renting from Blockbuster or Netflix.