For Whom The Bell Tolls opens inMay 1937, at the heightof the Spanish Civil War. An American man named Robert Jordan, whohas left the United States to enlist on the Republican side in thewar, travels behind enemy lines to work with Spanish guerrilla fighters,or guerrilleros, hiding in the mountains. The Republican commandhas assigned Robert Jordan the dangerous and difficult task of blowingup a Fascist-controlled bridge as part of a larger Republican offensive.
How they got Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman, guys with talent and skill (Wilson also with writing) to act in this movie is beyond my thinking (outside of the money factor). Behind Enemy Lines wastes their talent, and wastes the time of the audience as well. Wilson plays a navy pilot who gets shot down with his co-pilot over enemy territory in east europe (Bosnia, serbia, wherever-ia) and after he witnesses his co-pilot get shot by the enemy, he goes on the run from him to try and get rescued by his commander (Hackman) who wants to get him out but repeatedly gets told not to. Ok, it's a workable concept and at most it does sound interesting, but the huge flaw comes in that it is deliberately ridiculous in showing how in three or four different instances Wilson is able to evade ALL shots from an entire of army of European soldiers (many of them partially trained in combat) that persue him all the way to the end (spoiler). I know your suppossed to not take everything in realistic terms (yes, even with inspired by true events movies like this one) but, come on. The scene where Wilson and the other guy get shot down is exciting, but the pay off is baron. D+
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