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Rescue Dawn (2007), Werner Herzog, B+

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Tuesday, July 31st, 2007


Rescue Dawn is a good movie that gets great for about a thirty minute stretch, then concludes with a really sucky coda. For a Hollywood summer release about soldiers soldiering on, it is terrific. For a Herzog film, it is merely okay. One thing that really bugged me was Jeremy Davies doing the exact same schtick he did in Solaris. Once was cool, a second time means you are a hack.

Hey, why am I bitching? Rescue Dawn is a really great piece of no-bullshit work. That’s really Batman – I mean, that’s really Christian Bale being dragged behind an ox with his hands tied. That’s really Steve Zahn getting smacked in the face with kudzu vines. A double feature with The Naked Prey and you’ll never want to leave the city again. Nature? Bah!


  1. Cool! Since “Rescue Dawn” is getting a wide release I figured it would be a bit more “mainstream” than your average Herzog film! But hey! It’s Herzog! It’s actually playing down the street from me and I want to try and see it before Friday!

    Comment by Tarik Polansky — August 1, 2007 @ 11:22 am

  2. [...] James Mangold has made a straight up white hat/black hat Western and there’s nothing in the world wrong with that. Hard to buy the ending a little but, hey, that’s Hollywood — though second time this year for Christian Bale and good movies with lame endings. And I feel like there was a missed opportunity here and there for some added visual oomph — but not everything can be a masterpiece. Still, why all the negativity? This is a solid Western and that’s a damned good thing. [...]

    Pingback by Jordan Hoffman Dot Com » 3:10 To Yuma (2007), James Mangold, B+ — October 15, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

  3. [...] I feel the same about Rescue Dawn as I did when I first saw it four months back. It is a very engrossing, involving film – but it lacks the artistry I expect from Werner Herzog – especially considering the subject matter. It’s not like Herzog is selling out – I mean his last movie before Rescue Dawn to hit the theaters was The Wild Blue Yonder — hardly an easily accessible picture. Still, I dunno. . .the fact remains this: Rescue Dawn was one of the handful of good, original movies to come out in mainstream cinemas this year — and one of Hezog’s least memorable films. [...]

    Pingback by Jordan Hoffman Dot Com » Rescue Dawn (2007), Werner Herzog, B+ — November 25, 2007 @ 9:13 pm

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