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Behind Enemy Lines

THE THEME of war has always held a fascination for film-makers, especially in Hollywood. While some Hollywood films tackle the subject in a more realistic, serious and telling manner ("Apocalypse Now", "Schindler's List", "Saving Private Ryan"), others concentrate on action, without getting too serious ("Guns of Navarone", "Great Escape", "Pearl Harbour").


"Beyond Enemy Lines" ... a film for action lovers.

It is the war genre that has caught the attention of ad man John Moore. His directorial debut, "Behind Enemy Lines" (produced by John Davis), set in war-ravaged Bosnia, is an out and out actioner with a little bit of emotion thrown in.

"Behind... " like most films of its genre, banks heavily on visuals, an operatic background score and special effects like explosions or the thrilling dogfight where two missiles target the American aircraft. They have an edge-of-the-seat effect, though momentary. As for the plot, you can guess exactly the course it will take after watching the film for just 15 minutes.

Now for the story... Lieutenant Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson), a Naval navigator, spots Serbian activity in a de-militarised zone, during a routine flight. And he too is spotted. Soon, his aircraft is shot down, and his co-pilot executed. Of course, he escapes, and is on the run... to save his life from the ruthless Serb commander Lokar (Olek Krupa).

Meanwhile, Admiral Reigart (a tailor-made role for Gene Hackman) takes some tough decisions, breaks some rules and risks his career to save the American soldier (heard it before?).

The shots on board an aircraft carrier, the aerial shots of the beautiful and rugged terrain of Bosnia (is it?), the fight sequences and the chases are visually appealing and dramatic.

Despite the predictability, in plot, acting and even the camera angles at times, "Behind Enemy Lines" is not boring and will definitely to appeal to those who love action films.

SAVITHA GAUTAM

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