This week for the podcast, my pick was Rescue Dawn. It was a major departure from my usual picks. I tend to head more towards the light or introspective. I try and pick things that aren't always in the mainstream mindset or movies that have been there for me throughout the years as touchstones of comfort.
Rescue Dawn is not that movie. It's not even a war movie even though it involves prisoners of war. It is, however, seared into my brain. I remember very specifically watching it at my father's house on DVD. It was late, everyone had fallen asleep around me and the lights were out. This is the first movie of three movies that I remember that had me at the edge of my seat with my heart racing. Maybe it was the circumstances at the time, but at the end of the movie it was so intense and I was so engrossed that I connected to it emotionally in a way I hadn't before.
There's quite a bit written about the movie, its subject matter, stars, and the production of. Even though it was based on a true story, certain liberties were taken for dramatic effect. Not that much extra effort was needed in that area.
The team was surprised that I picked it and I was too. I wanted something a little different from our usual fare that would make us feel something different than what we're used to. Sometimes we get so entrenched in our favorite genres that we miss out on some really thought provoking movies.
Have a listen and let us know what you thought.