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War is hell. And even though it takes place during U.S. peacetime, so is this bomb of a movie. Owen Wilson jumps into the boots of Lieutenant Scott O'Grady for the loosely based true adventure of the Naval airman who was shot down over Bosnia in the mid '90s. In real life, the military man evaded local ground troops and ate grubs until Special Ops extracted him.
Here, Wilson plays the role with a constant smirk and spends the majority of his time running through explosions and avoiding clich├ęd enemies. (You can tell they're evil because they smoke and wear bad tracksuits.) An exciting air chase near the beginning is awesome, but Wilson is mainly solo here--his interaction with wily commanding officer Gene Hackman is mainly via walkie-talkie--and doesn't drum up much suspense. Director John Moore attempts to compensate with jumpy MTV-style editing and music, but that hardly helps to ignite this dud.