Don't Miss Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn!
I know there are a few Werner Herzog followers out there, as he's a long-time director, but for all of you like me who haven't really heard much of him, there's a perfect chance to get introduced to him coming up soon. He directed a fantastic movie called Rescue Dawn that stars Christian Bale and Steve Zahn that will make its way to a few art house theaters this summer. Inside is a look at the newly released poster (scroll down) and more thoughts on a film you don't want to miss this summer.
This movie isn't for the faint of heart. It's about a US fighter pilot (played by Bale) who is shot down in Laos during the Vietnam War. He's captured by some Vietnamese and taken to a camp deep in the jungle where he meets a few other POWs. What's both amazing and sickening is how thin these prisoners become, and apparently they actually did become that thin in real life to film the movie.
Before we get a look at the poster, I've got to mention more about how great the film was. I saw it at the Denver Film Festival, and although I missed the first 15 minutes due to traffic on the way, everything I saw was outstanding. It was such an immense film, one I definitely won't forget. And I have to credit Christian Bale for giving a performance that has become the one of his that I've enjoyed the most (next to Batman) and certainly deserving of an Oscar, which I really hope he wins or is at least nominated for next year.
Now onto the poster. Contrary to the typical criticism that this would get, I love this new poster! It's really grungy and simple, yet lush, much of what the movie is about. You can take a look at the old poster that they made, which is actually a pretty terrible generic "floating head" poster. This new one I'd even consider putting up on my wall, which is a rarity for only the best of the best these days.
As of now, Rescue Dawn is scheduled to open in theaters in New York and LA only on July 4th, with a national expansion on July 13th. Make sure you make your way to one of the theaters showing it and don't miss a great film this summer!