Fighter navigator Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson) wants out of the Navy: he was looking for something more than boring recon missions he's been flying. He finds himself the lone Christmas day mission over war-torn Bosnia. But, when he talks pilot Stackhouse into flying slightly off-course to check out an interesting target, the two get shot down. Burnett is soon alone, trying to outrun a pursuing army, while commanding officer Reigert (Gene Hackman) finds his rescue operation hamstrung by politics, forcing Burnett to run far out of his way.
Cast & Crew
An old-fashioned game of the cinematic cat-and-mouse, soldier-on-the-run variety.
This baby comes equipped with all the bells and missiles. Given the standard-issue plot, it's about all it can be.
Like a good soldier, it does get the job done and in an efficient -- some would say simplistic -- way.
Has first-rate action and a lot of it.
A slickly entertaining war movie that's sometimes striking, sometimes silly -- but never, ever boring.