plays Lieutenant Chris Burnett, a US ssial pilot who's bored of watching
the Bosnian War from the air, after joining the military to see some
action. But his days as a voyeur end when he flies off his designated
path during a reconnaissance mission and spots some renegade Serb
forces, who are breaching the terms of a fragile peace deal. However,
they spot him too, and shoot him down.
ruthless Serb gang hunts Burnett down as he treks across Serb-held
territory, waiting to be rescued. But NATO won't let his commander,
Admiral Reigart (Hackman), send the troops in because the ceasefire
would be put at risk if people discovered that Burnett had flown
to make an impression in his debut feature, John Moore's direction
gets messy, with some scenes shot documentary-style and others sped
up or slowed down, for no particular reason. And after some pointless
character-building scenes are out of the way, Owen Wilson delivers
a surprisingly competent performance in his first leading role.
Enemy Lines" is a corny, formulaic, and predictable cat-and-mouse
thriller, in a world where the baddies always miss and the goodies
can outrun the shrapnel from every landmine they set off. But with
one taut action scene after another, as long as you leave your brain
at the door, this is an exciting rollercoaster ride.
Enemy Lines" opens in UK cinemas on Friday 4th January 2002.
Jason Korsner, BBC Films
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