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During the Vietnam War, Dieter Dengler, a U.S. fighter pilot, is shot down over Laos and taken captive by enemy soldiers. With some people, he manages to escape. However, an unexpected betrayal splits the group and Dieter and Duane find that the jungle is their actual prison.
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Suite101.com
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September 17, 2010

Werner Herzog isn't interested in patriotism as product placement, like other directors might be. Though uncommonly somber, "Dawn" is still an engrossing prison-break film. It's not "The Great Escape." It's "The Sheer, Dumb Luck Escape."
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Entertainment Weekly
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August 20, 2007

But just as exciting -- maybe even more so, for those who love the medium and, especially, the uplift of the great-escape genre -- Rescue Dawn is a triumphant Werner Herzog movie.
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Detroit News
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July 27, 2007

Takes what could have been a mundane if well-made war story into something greater -- more harrowing, more hungry and more human.
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DCist
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June 09, 2010

Dumps traditional war movie bravado in favor of a subtler touch, and softens the blow of an unspeakable ordeal by shooting it amidst a series of jarringly beautiful and poetic canvases.
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7M Pictures
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April 28, 2014

Unlike a traditional Hollywood movie, Rescue Dawn follows the pacing and irony of real life. It is far from predictable and far from formulaic.
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NPR.org
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October 18, 2008

Rescue Dawn may not feel much like a Herzog movie, but it's a gripping real-life thriller.
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Film.com
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August 13, 2007

Herzog builds this movie around another strong, eccentric performance from Bale, who is gaining a reputation for outsized talent and for downsized physicality.
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East Bay Express
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April 28, 2011

The jungle has been very good to Werner Herzog.
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rec.arts.movies.reviews
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April 09, 2009

Not the typical Chuck Norris movie, but just as rancid in its own "edgy" pretentious manner.
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Miami Herald

July 27, 2007

It's easy to understand why Herzog was driven to tell this story twice.
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Boston Phoenix
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April 23, 2009

Bale's lack of ambiguity points to the biggest limitation of a film that makes the grade as an adventure yarn by ignoring the most disturbing implications of its story.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 28, 2007

Although the film delivers the expected action and efficiently jacks up the suspense, longtime devotees of the director will undoubtedly miss the visionary qualities that have long distinguished his work.
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