Behind Enemy Lines
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A television commercial for a Sega game system that aired during the 1999 MTV Music Video Awards landed debut director John Moore a gig behind the camera of this military action thriller. Owen Wilson stars as Lt. Chris Burnett, a naval aviator aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vinson who's frustrated with the strict "hands-off" political policies that prevent him from experiencing combat against hostile Bosnian forces in his F/A-18 Superhornet jet. Burnett's commander, Admiral Reigert (Gene Hackman), thinks that the brash pilot doesn't have what it takes to be in the millitary, but… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The filmmakers do their best to distract us, but eventually it becomes hard to ignore that Behind Enemy Lines is one long chase sequence."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Action movie with intense peril and devastation."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A satisfying enough piece of giddy-up entertainment that raises a few passing questions about the American 'cowboy mentality' before ultimately deciding it's a lot more fun to simply eat your action movie cake than try to have it too."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"This film was so uninspired and bad, it is difficult to find anything positive to say about it."
‑ Gareth J. Von Kallenbach, Film Threat
"There isn't a single surprise, but there is a lot of hokey (and mostly too loud) music, along with tired visuals (parachuting over a snow-clad angel statue is one) and stuff blowing up."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"An old-fashioned game of the cinematic cat-and-mouse, soldier-on-the-run variety."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"From its prosaic title to its convenient timeliness, this valentine to U.S. military guys hamstrung by officious NATO bureaucrats could hardly seem less promising"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Behind Enemy Lines crosses into the ugly side of patriotism."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"It's pure adventure hokum, despite some end captions which are put up as though the events portrayed really happened (they didn't)."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"Works pretty well as long as you don't pay too much attention to what anyone says and just let the action sweep you along."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"The only thing certain about Behind Enemy Lines is that Mr. Wilson is in it for the chance to work with Mr. Hackman, and Mr. Hackman is in it for the money."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"That's just one of many reasons why I'm reluctant to call Behind the Lines entertainment. Propaganda, MTV-style, might be closer to the truth."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Plays more like a recruitment video for the US military than any serious examination of conflict."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Military thriller aims high and misses the barn door by a mile."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"It is flawed, often-breathless entertainment anchored to the confusion, complexities and horrors of current armed and ethnic conflicts."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
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