Behind Enemy Lines

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  • PG-13
  • 2001
  • 1 Season
  • 6.4  (110,195)

Behind Enemy Lines is a 2001 American action war film directed by John Moore and produced by John Davis. It features a star-studded cast including Oscar-winning actor Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson, Gabriel Macht, David Keith, and many others. The film takes place during the Bosnian War and follows the story of US Navy pilot Lieutenant Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson), who is shot down over enemy territory while conducting a routine reconnaissance mission over Bosnia. With no means of communication or help from the ground, Burnett must evade the enemy, survive in hostile terrain, and find a way to escape from the enemy's clutches.

Meanwhile, his commanding officer, Admiral Reigart (Gene Hackman), who feels responsible for Burnett's predicament, devises a rescue plan despite opposition from higher-ups. Reigart and his team, including Burnett's best friend and navigator, Lieutenant Jeremy Stackhouse (Gabriel Macht), fight against time to save Burnett and bring him back home.

The movie is filled with pulse-pounding action sequences as Burnett tries to survive and avoid detection behind enemy lines. He meets different characters along the way, from a Bosnian soldier who helps him to Serbian forces hunting him down. The film also provides an insight into the realities of war and the nature of military operations.

What makes Behind Enemy Lines stand out is that it is not just a mindless action movie but also has an emotional depth and focus on character development. Burnett is portrayed as a relatable and sympathetic character, who must rely on his wits and courage to survive in difficult circumstances. Wilson's performance is commendable as he portrays the character with a mix of vulnerability, courage, and determination.

Hackman also delivers a standout performance as Admiral Reigart, who risks his own career to save his pilot and expose the flaws in the military bureaucracy. He brings a level of complexity and depth to his character, which elevates the film beyond the standard action genre.

Gabriel Macht shines as Lieutenant Jeremy Stackhouse, Burnett's best friend and wingman, who has to make tough decisions while trying to rescue his friend. The chemistry between Wilson and Macht is palpable, and they share some of the movie's most touching moments.

The film's cinematography is stunning, with sweeping aerial shots of the rugged Bosnian terrain and intense action scenes. John Moore's direction is spot-on, with a well-paced narrative that keeps the audience engaged throughout the film. The soundtrack by Don Davis complements the movie's tone and adds to the dramatic impact of the action sequences.

Overall, Behind Enemy Lines is a gripping and emotionally charged action movie that showcases the talents of its star-studded cast. It offers an insightful portrayal of the realities of war and the bravery of the men and women who serve in the military. Whether you are an action movie fan or someone who enjoys character-driven drama, this film is a must-watch.

Behind Enemy Lines is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (4 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 2001.

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  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 2001
  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (110,195)