Rescue Dawn
Rescue Dawn (2007)

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… More

Directed By:
Rated: PG-13
Running Time:
Release Date: July 27, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Werner Herzog has once again made a compelling tale of man versus nature, and Christian Bale completely immerses himself in the role of fighter pilot (and prisoner of war) Dieter Dengler.

Bob Mondello

Rescue Dawn may not feel much like a Herzog movie, but it's a gripping real-life thriller.

Full review…
Cliff Froehlich
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

Full review…
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Unlike a traditional Hollywood movie, Rescue Dawn follows the pacing and irony of real life. It is far from predictable and far from formulaic.

Full review…
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

Full review…
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

It's easy to understand why Herzog was driven to tell this story twice.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

The jungle has been very good to Werner Herzog.

Full review…
Jonathan F. Richards

Herzog builds this movie around another strong, eccentric performance from Bale, who is gaining a reputation for outsized talent and for downsized physicality.

Full review…
Tom Long
Detroit News

Takes what could have been a mundane if well-made war story into something greater -- more harrowing, more hungry and more human.

Full review…
Nick Rogers

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."

Full review…
More reviews for Rescue Dawn

Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn is a stunning war drama with some impressive performances from its cast. This is a superb film that is tense, thrilling and… More
KJ Proulx
I may not be one for war films, but when they have twists and go in directions such as this film did, then it will have me hooked until the end, and let me say,… More
Christian C
Excellent performances by Bale and Zahn. (I know...Zahn! Who knew?) It's a fascinating history lesson with a compelling story and strong character… More
danny d
this is a really great film. it was incredibly slow from start to finish, but its the first film ive seen in a while that was better for being slow. if the… More
xGary Xx
Christian Bale stars in this true life story of Dieter Dengler, a German born American pilot who was shot down during a classified mission over Laos and was… More
Jameson Worley
One of the best escape scenes I've ever seen. An excellent movie. I recommend it.