Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
Behind Enemy Lines (2001) Genre(s): Action

Directed by: John Moore

Starring: Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht, Charles Malik Whitfield, Joaquim de Almeida, David Keith, Olek Krupa, Vladimir Mashkov

Synopsis: Navy pilots stray from their mission plan and are shot down over Bosnia.

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Ripley's movie review

This is yet another one of those movies where the bad guys can't hit the broadside of a barn but the good guys never miss. Wilson's character did everything but paint a target on his chest and they still couldn't get him. Even when he was sitting perfectly still, right out in the open.

However, I alternated between laughing at how ridiculous it all was and thinking, "Wow. That was cool." There were visual effects after visual effects after visual effects (I mean, it was constant), and some of them were very cool, particularly the scene where the plane was shot down, but the director either didn't care or forgot that you need more than just effects.

Ice called it "slick" and I'd agree with that. Don't bother watching it.

A side note about Owen Wilson: While I was watching this movie, it struck me that, except for the nose, he looks like a male Barbie doll and sounds like... well, I don't what he sounds like but I find his voice to be highly annoying. He's not quite as irritating as Mr. Cage but he's close.

Added 06 January 2003 at 3:13 AM
Newt's movie review

I cannot take Owen Wilson seriously so it was impossible for me to believe him a flight navigator in the navy. And speaking of unbelievability... the writing was bad, the lines were awful and the constant inconsistencies were brutal so there was simply no chance I was going to get caught up in the movie. The effects however, were amazing. Some of them were spectacular. Too bad the entire production budget was spent on effects and none on writing.

Added 21 March 2004 at 7:28 PM

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