Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Rescue Dawn - Review

Ten years after making his documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly, director Werner Herzog returned to the jungles of south-east Asia to shoot a feature film based on the same story. 

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In a covert attack mission over Laos in 1966, US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler (a magnificent Christian Bale) is shot down, imprisoned and tortured by the Laotians and North Vietnamese, before breaking free of the POW camp with his fellow captives.

His remarkable tale of survival against both human nature and nature itself is utterly compelling, as he tries to keep his mind free while those around him softly acquiesce in their unremitting incarceration.


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