While I worship director Werner Herzog like hes some kind of god (and not the namby-pamby God that most Americans worship, but a real, potent, Teutonic god who shoots thunderbolts from his magic hammer), I was disappointed in his latest film. Rescue Dawn is, by Hollywood standards, an excellent movie. Telling the story of Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale), a U.S. bomber pilot who was shot down and captured in the early days of the Vietnam War, this film has got plenty of action and suspense. Its also got typical, over-the-top Hollywood acting from Balewho overdoes Denglers odd mannerisms and accentand Jeremy Davies, who plays a fellow prisoner of war. But mostly, it has none of the odd verve and obsessive inventiveness of Herzogs other films. If you want to see a very well-done movie about war and survival, Rescue Dawn fits the bill. If you want to see a Werner Herzog movie, Id suggest renting Aguirre, the Wrath of God.