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Rescue Dawn, Werner Herzog (2006)

Engaging enough as a prison break movie, but dissatisfying as a Herzog movie. The old nut gets to do a good deal of what he loves so dearly — man readily shedding his carapace of civilization the minute he finds himself in the wilderness and under duress — but since in this case, unlike in other Herzog films, the protagonist is one-dimensionally moral, brave, and heroic, the dynamic’s way duller. It’s sort of like if Fitzcarraldo was a nun curing typhoid, or Aguirre out to teach the natives about sustainable forestry.

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