Fighter navigator Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson) wants out of the Navy: he was looking for something more than boring recon missions he's been flying. He finds himself the lone Christmas day mission over war-torn Bosnia. But,... more » when he talks pilot Stackhouse into flying slightly off-course to check out an interesting target, the two get shot down. Burnett is soon alone, trying to outrun a pursuing army, while commanding officer Reigert (Gene Hackman) finds his rescue operation hamstrung by politics, forcing Burnett to run far out of his way.« less
"I just saw this movie tonight(opening night) and I thought it was the best action movie I have seen at the movie theater this year. The story is about a Navy officer(Owen Wilson) who is about to quit the Navy due to the lack of excitement and the fact that there are wars going on so he only gets to go out in a plane and then come right back. But when the Navy commander(Gene Hackman) sends him out on another mission, Wilson travels into a Bosnia war base where his plane is shot down. After wilson and his partner land, the Bosnians find his partner and kill him, leaving Wilson all alone to defend himslef and try to stay alive behind enemy lines. Every scene has something exciting heppening. There are great twists and the plot is just perfect for a war/action movie. If you are looking for a good action-packed war-type movie, Behind Enemy Lines is the best one to find."
Pleasing Action Thriller!
Barron Laycock | Temple, New Hampshire United States | 08/28/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very entertaining and visually pleasing film, one that will capture your interest and propel it along for the almost two hours of the movie. Yet it is really just an escape movie that happened to be released in the aftermath of the 911 events, and so capitalized on the pent-up feelings of patriotism everyone was experiencing at the time. As a thinly disguised although highly fictionalized representation of an actual case of an American flier rescued after evading the Serbs for several days during the Bosnian police action, this might have made some sense. Yet the depiction of the Serb ground forces as brutal and conscienceless bogeymen is a bit overdone and not very accurate; most of the Serbs treated downed American fliers with consideration and in a very friendly manner. Of course, had this been depicted as part of the Kosovo effort, the scenes depicting the Serbs might have been more accurate. As it stands, however, the story is hardly representative of the reality on the ground during the Bosnian campaign.
Still, taken at face value as action entertainment, the movie isn't half-bad. Yet as anything like serious drama it has too many implausible elements and too many coincidences to hold water. So, while this is no "to Hell And Back', it is an exciting escapist excursion you will enjoy watching. The scenes filmed on the carrier are especially graphic and well done, and the shots of the planes coming off the deck are breath taking. So too the aerial photography is very well choreographed and accomplished, and the action shots of the plane being engaged by ground batteries fairly realistic in its technical details. The cast is quite good, with Owen Wilson playing the downed flier and Gene Hackman the Carrier skipper who is trying to get him back. This is good stuff to wile away a Saturday evening as long as you don't take any of it too literally. Enjoy!"
Don't draw a Line through this one
Tyler Disley | Jackson, Michigan USA | 06/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Behind Enemy Lines is one of those movies where you know it's going to be a typical, Hollywood made movie where every cliché in the book is used. But, it's also one of those movies that you don't really care and you just want to feel good about it.With great performances by the two leading men, Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson, Behind Enemy Lines is a good movie that keeps you interested throughout and makes you feel like you're a part of it. John Moore does a fairly nice job as director. There wasn't really anything spectacular done. It was a pretty basic form, but I'm not complaining. It worked.The action sequences were a bit unbelievable, and that is why I give this film only four stars. Also, I don't think the scenes were produced all that well and cleanly. I've definitely seen better. But to me, the action was only a sideshow to what the movie was really about. It wasn't about people getting shot up and killed; it was about survival and how one man will stop at nothing and use his brain instead of weaponry to get himself out of a sticky situation. 4 Stars"
Behind Enemy Lines ..... Awesome
Dani Stewart | Northwest Arkansas | 01/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Behind Enemy Lines is an awesome war/action film! Its a great film period! Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman are a great team/cast for this movie! They are both awesome actors! This film had a good plot!This film ,while watching it, makes you feel like you are there.All through the movie you are rigth there with Burnett(Wilson) feeling his pain,joy,ect.and also Admiral Reigart's(Hackman).Tracker(Maskov) was also a good actor as the "bad guy".The graphics in this movie were totaly awesome!! I watched this in theaters 5 times and am in the process of buying it! I mean its just nonstop action! And fun!Personally I give this film 5 stars. Actors-great! Plot-great! Graphics-Great! Ect.-Great!
P.S. Owen Wilson is cute!"
Henry Jones | Tampa, FL | 10/28/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The only reason I gave this movie 3 stars instead of 2 is because of the early movie flight sequences. Usually whenever this movie is on HBO, I watch this part and then turn something else on. The rest of the movie really sucks. And I, personally, am getting tired of Gene Hackman playing the same roles over and over.Basically, the flight sequence is probably the coolest air scene ever in a movie. Top Gun can't even compete really. The fireball is hokey, but overall the sequence is done pretty well. The rest of the movie is boring. Nothing to do with flying at all. It's one man versus an entire army, and guess who wins? It's a good old patriotism movie (This movie came out like a few months after 9/11, if I remember correctly)."