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"BEHIND ENEMY LINES"
(2001) (Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
None Moderate Extreme Heavy Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild Minor Extreme None Heavy
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
None Mild Minor Moderate Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action/Adventure: A cynical U.S. Navy navigator tries to make his way out from behind enemy lines after being shot down and encountering hostile enemy forces.
PLOT:
Lieutenant Chris Burnett (OWEN WILSON) is a flight navigator on the U.S.S. Carl Vinson that's based in the Adriatic Sea on duty overseeing the peace talks in Bosnia. A 7-year veteran, Burnett is disillusioned with the politics of modern war and has turned in his resignation notice to Admiral Leslie Reigart (GENE HACKMAN), head of the Adriatic Battle Group and commander of the Vinson.

Hoping to wile away his remaining two weeks, Burnett finds himself sent on a Christmas Day reconnaissance mission with his pilot, Stackhouse (GABRIEL MACHT). Ever the rebel, Burnett convinces his partner to veer off course over the demilitarized zone. There, they capture photographic evidence of mass graves, but end up having their plane shot from the sky and thus parachute onto foreign soil.

Not wishing their genocidal activity to be revealed, the local military commander, Lokar (OLEK KRUPA), orders his men, and in particular, the Tracker (VLADIMIR MASHKOV), to find and dispense with their newfound problem. From that point on, Burnett tries to elude the hostile enemy forces and make his way to a pickup point, all while Reigart, Master Chief Tom O'Malley (DAVID KEITH) and marine Rodway (CHARLES MALIK WHITFIELD) deal with orders from Admiral Piquet (JOAQUIM DE ALMEIDA) of NATO Naval Command to cease all rescue operations.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of someone in the cast, are into military films or are swept up in the patriotic mood prevalent in the country now, they just might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For war violence and some language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • OWEN WILSON plays a 7-year veteran in the Navy who's grown disillusioned with the politics getting in the way of doing his job as a jet navigator. Accordingly, he's prepared to quit when he's shot down over enemy soil. He must then do anything and everything to elude hostile enemy forces that are closing in on him. He also uses profanity.
  • GENE HACKMAN plays his commander, the Admiral of an aircraft carrier who finds his hands tied in regards to rescuing his downed crewmember. He briefly uses strong profanity.
  • JOAQUIM DE ALMEIDA plays Reigart's superior who orders him to call off the rescue for political reasons. He uses some profanity.
  • DAVID KEITH plays the Master Chief onboard the Carl Vinson who assists Reigart.
  • OLEK KRUPA plays the nefarious military leader who's apparently responsible for mass deaths and orders that the U.S. crew be found and killed.
  • GABRIEL MACHT plays Burnett's pilot who's shot down with him over Bosnia.
  • VLADIMIR MASHKOV plays Lokar's right-hand man who single-handedly sets out to find and kill Burnett (after killing another man).
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a quick look at the content found in this action/adventure film that's been rated PG-13. War related material earns the violence category an extreme rating as various people are wounded or killed during such conflict (by gunfire and/or explosives) and/or by being executed. In addition, a Navy jet is destroyed by a surface to air missile, while other war-related property damage also occurs.

    Others repeatedly attempt to kill the protagonist throughout the story. Accordingly, those people have bad attitudes, while those scenes and others (some of which have bloody results or show a pit of dead bodies) may be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers.

    Profanity is rated as heavy due to at least 1 use of the "f" word, while various other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Beyond that, a few characters also smoke. Should you still be concerned about the film and its appropriateness for anyone in your home, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • None.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Burnett has a little bit of blood on his face after ejecting from his plane, while Stackhouse has some blood on his pants leg (from where his leg is broken) and some bloody scrapes on his face.
  • We see various dead bodies covered in mud and muck.
  • We see various bodies on the ground (some bloody with one having a small pool of blood next to it) as a result of war-related violence.
  • A dead person's face is very bloody.
  • In anger, a man shoots an already dead body, causing blood to splatter onto others.
  • We see blood on the ground around a person's head.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • We hear that Burnett was charged with disorderly behavior in the past and he has a cynical/sarcastic, "don't follow the rules" attitude during this story. He also convinces Stackhouse to fly over a no-fly zone.
  • The film's villains have both types of attitudes for shooting down their jet, killing one of them and then pursuing the other with the intent of killing him (not to mention killing others, some of which is seen with the rest occurring off camera).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" may also be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers.
  • Surface to air missiles are fired at Burnett and Stackhouse's jet, and they try to elude one and then two of them that progressively close in on them (a several minute sequence).
  • As Stackhouse lies wounded in the middle of a field (and Burnett nervously watches from a distance), enemy forces approach and then confront him.
  • The tracker opens fire on Burnett, nearly hitting him then and as he slides, out of control, down a long and steep and long concrete incline.
  • Much of film then deals with Burnett constantly being on the run and/or in harm's way and includes the following:
  • Those on the ship anxiously watch a thermal satellite feed that shows various forces approaching Burnett who's fallen and isn't moving.
  • We see, however, that he's fallen into a deep and very muddy hole filled with many dead bodies (all covered in mud). While he appears to be unconscious, various soldiers then randomly jab bayonets down into the muck, trying to see if he's in it.
  • As enemy forces approach, Burnett suddenly realizes he's standing in the middle of a minefield of sorts filled with a crisscrossing pattern of tripwires that, if stepped on, will detonate the explosives. He then tries to run among them as men with machine guns come up behind him. One of those men then steps on one, causing an explosion that kills him (not seen) and blows others aside (in slow motion). Burnett then runs through the tripwires, setting off massive explosions that race after him as he runs.
  • As Burnett rests, he doesn't realize the tracker is moving closer to him.
  • Burnett slowly makes his way back toward his ejection seat (that's out in the open), nervous that the tracker might be close by.
  • A man steps on a foot release landmine (that detonates when the foot is removed) and tries to figure out what to do.
  • The tracker approaches the ejection seat that Chris may be behind.
  • Two men exchange gunfire (one apparently being hit and the other being grazed on the shoulder/arm) and then fight with punches and struggling that ends when one man jams some sort of flare down into the other man's chest.
  • Helicopters open fire on tanks and a regiment with machine guns and missiles, hitting both (with explosions) and presumably killing (or at least wounding) many people. Burnett also slides across some ice and fires his handgun at them. A person almost shoots him, but someone then shoots that person.
  • Burnett hangs by one hand from another person's hand as the helicopter carrying them flies off.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Machine guns/Handguns/Artillery/Tanks/Helicopter gun ships: Used to threaten, wound or kill others. See "Violence" for details.
  • Surface to air missiles: Fired at Burnett and Stackhouse's jet, destroying it.
  • Landmines: They kill various people.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "What the f*ck is your problem?" "I cannot wait for this sh*t to be done," "Shitty," "Bullsh*tting me," "Oh, sh*t," "Sh*t storm," "You've got to be sh*tting me," "What the hell /is this/happened/is going on/are we doing/do you expect me to do/is he waiting for?" "We're screwed," "Haul ass" and "Shut up."
  • Burnett gives "the finger" to someone.
  • Enemy soldiers fire guns into the air in celebration.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • The sudden impact of shots near Burnett might startle some viewers.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of suspenseful, ominous and action-oriented music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 "f" word (with another incomplete one), 20 "s" words (1 in English subtitles), 7 hells, 6 damns, 4 asses (3 used with "hole" with 2 of those in English subtitles), 1 S.O.B., 10 uses of "G-damn," 2 of "Jesus Christ" and 1 use each of "For Christ's sakes" and "Oh God" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • None.
  • SMOKING
  • Both Lokar and the tracker smoke several times, while Reigart smokes once as do a few miscellaneous characters.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Burnett's father sees a news report claiming that his son has been found dead (with accompanying footage), but we know that he's not (although the father believes the story).
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • The real life incident regarding Scott O'Grady (that may or may not have inspired the movie).
  • The history of Bosnia and the major players involved.
  • Burnett's cynical attitude toward how the military operates today vs. how it did so in the past.
  • Whether the commander of an aircraft carrier would personally head up a rescue operation (where he'd fly into hostile environs with other rescuers).
  • VIOLENCE
  • A man pushes another man out of his way.
  • A jet drops its fuel tanks that then explode.
  • A missile explodes in a forest, while another hits a fighter jet and destroys it (but the two men inside it eject).
  • We see that Stackhouse has a broken leg (from the ejection or the landing) and an enemy solider then steps down on his wound to inflict pain on him.
  • A man executes another man by shooting him in the back of the head.
  • Enemy forces open fire on Burnett (from a distance) with machine gun and artillery fire.
  • The tracker opens fire on Burnett, nearly hitting him then and as he slides, out of control, down a long and steep and long concrete incline.
  • We see a flashback to soldiers shooting at others, but don't see any impact (although we do see dead and mud-covered bodies).
  • As enemy forces approach, Burnett suddenly realizes he's standing in the middle of a minefield of sorts filled with a crisscrossing pattern of tripwires that, if stepped on, will detonate the explosives. He then tries to run among them as men with machine guns come up behind him. One of those men then steps on one, causing an explosion that kills him (not seen) and blows others aside (in slow motion), seemingly killing them. Burnett then runs through the tripwires, setting off massive explosions that race after him as he runs.
  • The tracker shoots one of the mines to cause it to explode.
  • People open fire on a truck with machine guns, causing it to overturn and spill its occupants who then find themselves in the middle of a gun battle.
  • A man briefly holds a gun to Burnett's face.
  • A tank fires a shell that explodes and knocks various people through a window.
  • We then see various bodies on the ground (some bloody) as a result of that or previous war-related violence.
  • A tank drives through a wall and fires another shell, resulting in another explosion. Forces then enter a building, with soldiers shooting various people (including some who've surrendered), but we don't the impact.
  • In anger, a man shoots an already dead body (we don't see the impact), causing blood to splatter onto others.
  • A man punches a wall in anger.
  • A man steps on a foot release landmine (that detonates when the foot is removed) and tries to figure out what to do (we later hear the explosion, but don't see/know what happened).
  • Two men exchange gunfire (one apparently being hit and the other being grazed on the shoulder/arm) and then fight with punches and struggling that ends when one man jams some sort of flare down into the other man's chest.
  • Helicopters open fire on tanks and a regiment with machine guns and missiles, hitting both (with explosions) and presumably killing (or at least wounding) many people. Burnett also slides across some ice and fires his handgun at them. A person almost shoots him, but someone then shoots that person.



  • Reviewed November 19, 2001 / Posted November 30, 2001

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