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Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines

In a time not so long ago it was easy to tell your enemy from allies in a war.  Today, we have "peace keeping missions": soldiers working as police in very hostile conditions where friend and foe not only look alike, but could be one in the same.

Based loosely on our protective measures in Bosnia, Behind Enemy Lines brings to light the frustrations our soldiers face on a daily basis.  These frustrations include boredom, lack of direction and ambiguous leadership.  Starring Gene Hackman as Admiral Reigart and Owen Wilson as downed navigator Chris Burnett, a fighter jet pilot on a photo recon mission.

The story starts when the fighter strays from its approved flight plan to investigate movement on the ground in an area that is not supposed to have friendlies or hostiles.  Discovering genocide in progress, the offending forces shoot down his plane.  The missile chase scene is nicely done and will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Both pilot and navigator eject only to have the "enemies" kill the pilot and start a spectacular chase for the only remaining witness to the atrocities witnessed, Burnett.

While the story is pretty straight forward, the suspense of the chase and the frustration or having a NATO Admiral stymieing any rescue attempts will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Be prepared for a bit of gore and blood, but nothing that is not relevant to the story.

Hackman is splendid in this role and Wilson carries his part with zeal.  The only disappointment is the realization of the "new world order" that the United States in now forced to endure.  The brightest part of the film is one of honor, pride and the determination our armed forces have of their comrades and country.

Behind Enemy Lines

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