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  • Summary: A Navy pilot (Wilson) is shot down over enemy territory, and struggles to survive the relentless pursuit of a ruthless secret police enforcer, a deadly tracker, and countless hostile troops. With time running out, the injured pilot's commanding officer (Hackman) goes against orders to carryA Navy pilot (Wilson) is shot down over enemy territory, and struggles to survive the relentless pursuit of a ruthless secret police enforcer, a deadly tracker, and countless hostile troops. With time running out, the injured pilot's commanding officer (Hackman) goes against orders to carry out a desperate rescue mission. (20th Century Fox) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. Its real agenda is rip-roaring adventure, and that it delivers all wrapped up with a bow.
  2. It's plenty thrilling, and it appeals to the flag-waving patriot in all of us.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    The journey is never boring, and it's morally satisfying too. O.K., the movie is what Hollywood likes to call "a ride." But it's one worth taking.
  4. The film desperately wants to play like "Three Kings," a war film with a guilty conscience, but it's too pat and familiar to earn its high-minded stripes.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    There's nothing very rockin' about seeing Gene Hackman give a rare indifferent performance as a Navy admiral trying to effect a rescue for which his hands are tied.
  6. 50
    You get the feeling the filmmakers didn't want to make anyone think too hard about what's going on here behind the scenes of the main storyline, and that's more than a little insulting.
  7. Reviewed by: Gareth Von Kallenbach
    20
    Sadly, it seems that the people behind this film saw a quick buck over quality and gave audiences a turkey.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Heather
    Mar 18, 2007
    10
    fantastic film, one i could watch over and over again
  2. Sam
    Oct 16, 2005
    9
    It has great effects and performances, but without Mr. Wilson and Hackman, it just wouldn't have been as good.
  3. DK
    Aug 9, 2007
    8
    Some great action sequences and two strong central performances make this a superior blockbuster. John Moores direction is perfectly suited Some great action sequences and two strong central performances make this a superior blockbuster. John Moores direction is perfectly suited for this sort of fair and the critical reaction of 49 really is a bit shocking. Expand
  4. JaredC.
    Aug 16, 2007
    7
    Finally a follow-up to Saving Private Ryan, its a war movie that doesn't have the guts, it has actual American-can-do spirit in it. It Finally a follow-up to Saving Private Ryan, its a war movie that doesn't have the guts, it has actual American-can-do spirit in it. It may be a very short movie dissapointingly but it is crafted in a way Saving Private Ryan wasn't. Expand
  5. Dec 19, 2012
    5
    Even though I don't consider Owen Wilson an action nor dramatic actor I believe this is his best job as of yet. Of course the movie has GeneEven though I don't consider Owen Wilson an action nor dramatic actor I believe this is his best job as of yet. Of course the movie has Gene Hackman in it, but the director manages to make you focus on Wilson. Great action scenes with very realistic effects and a good story. But overall it's just another action movie. Expand

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