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Rescue Dawn

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A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission during the Vietnam War.

This film combines two of my favourite things: jungle and escaping prison. The jungle is captured beautifully: green, luscious and dense, impossible to penetrate without a machete. Escaping prison is slow, and painful. But this movie goes as far as showing many negligible details, from a crash-course in picking locks to converging the guards. The prisoners are a colourful bunch, the interplay in their state of delirium is very amusing. This is an exceptional war movie of survival and the jungle.

Anthony Macali

MIFF 2007
120 mins