Behind Enemy Lines
Wilson strays from his usual quirky characters (Armageddon, Meet the
Parents, Shanghai Noon, Zoolander, the Haunting, and the Cable guy to
name just a few of his movies) and believably pulls off the lead role as
Lt. Chris Burnett. Burnett is a fighter pilot at heart, itching to
do more than just recon/surveillance missions.
of these missions turns deadly as Burnett and his partner get shot down
over Eastern Europe... seems that Bosnians don't
like planes taking pictures of their mass gravesites... Enter Gene
Hackman as Admiral Reigart - Burnetts only chance to make it back alive.
So begins a MTV-Soundtracked highly stylized survival action chase
portion of the movie.
The Rundown: This is one of those films that people can judge either way.... Sure the
story was formula action and the predictability factor was very high,
but I liked this film. Action all the way, fancy graphics and
special effects... I liken this movie to watching a rock concert... You
know all the songs and there are no surprises, yet its loud bone
rattling beats and flashy lights get you excited and into it. Same
with Behind Enemy Lines. Don't expect an in depth thriller/mystery
movie with plot twists and turns.. Do what I did: 1) buy a huge bag of
popcorn at Ward Theater (then get your refill immediately by dumping the
popcorn into a drink box - don't make like you don't all do this!), a
hot dog, and a BIG drink, put away your brain for 2 hours, and just ride
a roller coaster of a movie. You'll have a great time. At
times the action had me on the edge of my stadium seat!
Things that distracted me while watching this movie... Owen Wilson's
hideously broken up nose.... and the "bad guy" Admiral's
really bad accent complete with lisp... Watch for it.. Also, why
do bad guys always end up wearing Adidas jogging suits?
Useless Trivia: By the way, did you know that Owen Wilson is a
producer and accomplished writer as well? He helped produce As
Good as it Gets (Helen Hunt, Jack Nicholson) and he wrote and
produced Rushmore (Bill Murray). Did you know Gene Hackman really was a marine? Not a very good one obviously, as he was 'busted down' from corporal status three times during his service (He actually served here in Hawaii for a little while! Hawaii ties - Yah!). Oh well, now he plays submarine commanders, Generals, Admirals and makes more money than any of them.... who has the last laugh now?
We give this one 3.5 out of 5 hibiscus. Great
popcorn flick. Mindless action. Awesome effects.
Rating: PG13 Don't take the young ones because this film is
rated PG-13 for violence and adult language. The soundtrack was
extremely loud at the Ward Complex. There is no nudity or
Where to see it: Dole
Cannery 18, Kahala 8, Kapolei 16, Ko'olau Stadium 10, Mililani Town
Center Stadium 14, Pearl Highlands 12, Pearlridge West 16, Restaurant
Row 9, Ward Stadium 16, Windward Stadium 10
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