Werner Herzog’s rousing true story, Rescue Dawn, about a pilot (Christian Bale) who engineered a daring escape from a Laos POW camp in the mid-’60s could be misconstrued as yet another mainstream actioner. Not surprisingly, the obsessive director has deeper pursuits, and he unspools themes of valor and loyalty with a spare beauty. EXTRAS include Herzog’s intimate commentary and a doc in which Bale and costar Steve Zahn recount eating maggots, running barefoot in the jungle, and swimming in snake-infested waters. The shoot ”was a blast,” Zahn assures us. B+
Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn; Starring: Jeremy Davies; Director: Werner Herzog; Author: Werner Herzog; Runtime (in minutes): 126; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: MGM
Posted November 16 2007 — 12:00 AM EST
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