Rescue Dawn
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In the annals of history's great escapes there is no other story like that of Dieter Dengler, the only American to ever break out of a POW camp in the impenetrable Laotian jungle. After months plotting his getaway from a harrowing prison and a death-defying journey through some of the world's fiercest wilderness, Dengler appeared at his first press conference looking like a dashing movie star and showing neither sentimentality nor bitterness - simply an indomitable will to survive that allowed him to triumph against impossible odds.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rescue Dawn may not feel much like a Herzog movie, but it's a gripping real-life thriller."
‑ Bob Mondello,
"Although the film delivers the expected action and efficiently jacks up the suspense, longtime devotees of the director will undoubtedly miss the visionary qualities that have long distinguished his work."
‑ Cliff Froehlich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Unlike a traditional Hollywood movie, Rescue Dawn follows the pacing and irony of real life. It is far from predictable and far from formulaic."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Dumps traditional war movie bravado in favor of a subtler touch, and softens the blow of an unspeakable ordeal by shooting it amidst a series of jarringly beautiful and poetic canvases."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Most critics have approached Werner Herzog's latest film Rescue Dawn with qualifying kid gloves, as if it would be impolite to question a late work from such a grand old man of the seventies German New Wave."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"But just as exciting -- maybe even more so, for those who love the medium and, especially, the uplift of the great-escape genre -- Rescue Dawn is a triumphant Werner Herzog movie."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"It's easy to understand why Herzog was driven to tell this story twice."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The jungle has been very good to Werner Herzog."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Bale's lack of ambiguity points to the biggest limitation of a film that makes the grade as an adventure yarn by ignoring the most disturbing implications of its story."
‑ Chris Fujiwara, Boston Phoenix
"Rescue Dawn wouldn't be half the film it is if it were not for the stellar performances by Bale and Zahn."
‑ Adam Tobias, Watertown Daily Times
"Herzog builds this movie around another strong, eccentric performance from Bale, who is gaining a reputation for outsized talent and for downsized physicality."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"Takes what could have been a mundane if well-made war story into something greater -- more harrowing, more hungry and more human."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Werner Herzog isn't interested in patriotism as product placement, like other directors might be. Though uncommonly somber, "Dawn" is still an engrossing prison-break film. It's not "The Great Escape." It's "The Sheer, Dumb Luck Escape.""
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Not the typical Chuck Norris movie, but just as rancid in its own "edgy" pretentious manner."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"At first glance, "Rescue Dawn" might seem like Herzog gone Hollywood, but it's still very much the man's work. Herzog has his cake and eats it too."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Beyond Hollywood
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