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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
Hopscotch Films 125 mins