Behind Enemy Lines

 (2,682)6.41 h 45 min2001X-RayPG-13
A young Navy pilot is shot down in hostile territory and must fight for survival.
John M. Moore
Gene HackmanOwen WilsonDavid Keith
English [CC]
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Charles Malik WhitfieldVladimir MashkovGabriel MachtJoaquim De AlmeidaOlek KrupaMarko Ogonda
John Davis
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2020
2.0 out of 5 starsNothing in the movie makes any sense due to really bad writing
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Owen Wilson is a Navy navigator whose plane gets shot down by Serbians at the very end of his deployment. The Serbians try to hunt him down while his ship is looking for him.

The movie has one main problem. That is nothing makes sense. Wilson’s plane is flying way too low. It goes off course and his ship doesn’t say anything. A Serbian army unit with tanks is able to sneak up on him. Later the Serbians hear him yelling, which is somehow louder than a bunch of armored vehicles. He’s able to outrun exploding mines. This keeps happening throughout the entire movie. You have to suspend your beliefs to watch it and it’s not worthwhile to do that. It’s just a complete failure at writing.

The only redeeming quality of Behind Enemy Lines is that it portrays the Serbian war crimes that occurred in the 1990s in the former Yugoslavia.
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ImaDisneyGurlReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsRECOMMEND -An Important (“entertaining”) movie about historic 20th century events/war crimes
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I Love this movie because I remember watching the actual CNN reports live during HS yrs & it was 1 of a handful of news events growing up that made a big impact on me. Imho military-style/history-like movies (when done properly/accurately) are useful for a lot of reasons, especially for people who may not otherwise have known the significance of certain world events or how they tie-to the present events. This movie was entertaining, the story & acting done well, the sets were quite well done, it’s full of action & tells a story of a time and place which (in the case of “Yugoslavia”) many don’t even know about & which no longer “exists”. History-making-events, (be it past or present) tie directly to the present & many Students weren’t taught history of the 20th century (never mind prior-to) especially in the way their parents & grandparents were taught- (which imho is a sad outrage.) So I think this movie in particular is useful for “context” as well as its so-called “entertainment value”. I recommend.
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l2Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2021
2.0 out of 5 starsBAT-21 is a far better Gene Hackman movie about an American pilot shot down behind enemy lines
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This movie suffers from a seriously over-the-top plot and action scenes that make no sense. How many times can Owen get shot at by snipers and tank cannons and not get hit?

A far better movie about an American military pilot who is shot down behind enemy lines is the 1988 movie BAT-21, with Gene Hackman playing the role of the pilot. That movie takes place during the Vietnam War and is perhaps the most realistic American movies about that war.
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patrice hunterReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat movie based on true events
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Great movie based on true story. Makes you appreciate our freedom and understand the need to preserve our American way of life. (Only negative is language--taking Gods name in vain)
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Jlynn_14Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVE MOVIES
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Excellent movie, always worth a look every so often. Great actors and great plot. Came packaged well and delivered quickly. Def recommend!
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RedpopReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsMovie was really good!
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I'm used to seeing Owen Wilson in comedies, so I didn't know what to expect with this movie. I was VERY pleasantly surprised! He is really good as a dramatic actor - maybe even better than as a comedic one! If you like Owen Wilson, I highly recommend this movie. In fact, I recommend it even if you don't!
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Lawyer4FreeReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2007
4.0 out of 5 starsif you love Owen Wilson...
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From the very first scene you know that this film is going to showcase Owen Wilson being Owen Wilson. I happen to enjoy his mixture of arrogant playboy with being insecure and endearing, and ever-flippant. He mastered this in film successes like Shanghai Knights, Shanghai Noon (both with Jackie Chan), and I Spy (with Eddie Murphy).

As to whether this is "based on a true story," it is true that the real U.S. F-16 pilot (Scott O'Grady) who was shot down in Bosnia in 1995, sued 20th Century Fox in 2002 for "invasion of privacy." The irony to that is that his chief complaints were that they got the story wrong and portrayed him in ways that were unlike him. Owen Wilson (named Chris Burnett in BEL) cussed throughout the film and makes a blatantly stupid decision upon being shot down. O'Grady maintains that he did not act that way.

Aside from that reputation-protection, this film is one more great Owen Wilson flic, that will not only keep you smirking, but this one will make you feel like your finger is in a wall socket until the end.

Why not a 5 star? Hollywood needs to learn that we viewers roll our eyes whenever they show us Mr. Hero getting shot at by a gazillion bad guys, and not one bullet hits our main man. (To see a satirical look at the absurdity of this, see Arnold in The Last Action Hero.) BEL even has tanks shooting at our evasive star scampering away on foot. Come on, a scratch on the cheek doesn't make those scenes realistic. And the scene where he decides to go ahead and trip every booby-trap wire to ruin the day of his obviously-going-to-be-killed followers, was ridiculous.

Yes, the worst was the final scene. Enemy tanks, rocket-launchers, machine guns all ablaze at goin'-Owen, and not one frickin' bullet hits him. Ok, even if I can accept that, why did not one bullet hit the three Marine helicopters who just kept dusting the enemy chumps who were shooting away? And his leap off the cliff (with one arm having just been shot) to grab the foot of some dangling Marine on a rope was a bit too much to believe. And I couldn't swallow how Gene Hackman relaxed upon the "success" of now having their man "safe." Off they fly into the sunset, with our invinsible hero, holding on for his not-bored-anymore life. Oh well, enjoy.

I agree with the reviewer who noted the poor character development of anyone but Owen Wilson. Even Gene Hackman comes off quite wooden. The internal military conflict comes through that guy who played the latin-lover spy in Clear And Present Danger. In this flic, I felt like flicking him off the screen, he was so blah and annoying. And who the heck was he, anyway?

Hey, you'll get to see Owen Wilson's nose without enough make-up to cover the deformity from his previous breaks.

Somehow, I can't forget the image from Shanghai Noon where he is dreaming of having his ear nibbled by a sexy saloon babe, only to wake up to the reality of being buried up to his neck in desert sand and a vulture is doing the nibbling. Behind Enemy Lines gives him a similar wake-up call.
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DARTH PEELReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsActing not the best, but action sequences are awesome!
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Not a big fan of Owen Wilson, but the action and special effects...especially the missile scene in the beginning...more than makes up for it. Great movie, just dont hold it against Gene Hackman, lol.
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