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Behind Enemy Lines 2: Axis of Evil
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Oct 6, 2006 By: Sturdy
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Director:
James Dodson

Actors:
Nicholas Gonzalez
Matt Bushell
Keith David

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Four US Navy Seals are stranded in North Korea after their covert mission is aborted. Somehow, they must find a way to survive in enemy territory until help can arrive.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I doubt there are too many people out there that were really deep into the world of the first BEHIND ENEMY LINES, but let me throw this out there: this sequel has nothing in common with the original except the first three words of the title. This film could have been called any number of things and I wouldnt have made the connection to the very mediocre Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman film. With that said, this is a b-movie to the nth degree. Bad acting, a plot full of holes and a piggy back on a somewhat successful original lend proof that this didnt deserve a theatrical release.

I will say that there was a glimmer of redemption in the film that was hidden in the plot. The subject of Americas current struggles with North Korea havent gotten much screen time in Hollywood (aside from TEAM AMERICA) and I think there is a good plot in there somewhere. However, as hard as this one tried, it just never reached the level that we could take it seriously. Too often it felt like a repeat episode of the A-Team where you ask stupid questions like; Why does everyone speak English? Or Why does the lead actors hair never get messed up? Its simple things like that that tend to take away credibility from a film.

Also, BEHIND ENEMY LINES 2 is guilty of the cardinal sin of b-movies. That is, it seems like they only had about 45 minutes worth of footage, but through the use of flashbacks and repeat scenes, managed to stretch it out to over 90 minutes. Im sure its a budget necessity, but its extremely annoying.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with James Dodson: James will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the film, right down to the minute details like how they obtained the particular color of a telephone prop. He keeps it moving and there arent many quiet spots. Overall a good listen if you want some pointers on how to make a movie on the cheap.

Communicating Behind Enemy Lines (14:55): Language barriers arose since there were so many different ethnicities on the set. This featurette discusses some of those challenges, along with the importance of communication within the film. There were a lot of movie scenes in here and the featurette wasnt very interesting. Theres too many instances where the participants brag about the movie rather than talk about the movie.

Exploring Enemy Lines (8:51): James Dodson did his research for the story, which is why its frustrating that the movie turned out to be unfulfilling. The decision to use North Korea was made after the decision to make the film, which is interesting. Other than that, this is a lot of repeats from the commentary.

There are also some Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Im sure this movie will find a market on DVD, but Im really not sure who it will appeal to. It has no redeeming qualities other than touching on a politically sensitive subject that hasnt been discussed before. I guess maybe real Navy Seals could enjoy it by picking out all the inaccuracies, but even that will get old after the first five minutes.
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