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BEHIND ENEMY LINES 2: AXIS OF EVIL

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 96 minutes, audio commentary, two featurettes

STUDIO: 20th century FOX

RELEASE DATE: 10-17-2006

BEHIND ENEMY LINES was a fun action film that I enjoyed. Now enter a low budget direct to DVD sequel made in Bulgaria called BEHIND ENEMY LINES 2: AXIS OF EVIL. The action stuff is average stuff you see in hundreds of other films, but the geo-political scenes in the sequel make for the most interesting parts of this film. Once the action got going , I couldn't wait for more political stuff. Given the situation with North Korea today and their desire for a nuclear program, BEHIND ENEMY LINES 2 is very current and that is why the political stuff probably sticks out. Also throw in the mysterious mushroom cloud that appeared in North Korea on 9-12-2004 and everyone coming up with a different story to cover it up or explain it away. I do wish the Navy Seals behind the line in North Korea on a mission to destroy a nuclear missile that North Korea has could have used better writing and more development. The political material just puts it to shame. Stay for the credits to watch the actual news clips that pose the question if the story in the sequel could have happened.

VIDEO: 1.33:1 (Full Frame)/ 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

What is the point of doing a 1.33:1 version for a film shot in 1.78:1?! Yep, it will be a dreaded flipper.

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Surround, Spanish 2.0 DS, French 2.0 DS

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

SPECIAL FEATURES: The audio commentary is with writer/director James Dodson. He covers some of the same ground in the two featurettes in addition to some details about the production.

COMMUNICATING BEHIND ENEMY LINES is a 15 minute behind the scenes look on the set of the film with cast and crew interviews. It can be found on side A. On side B is EXPLORING ENEMY LINES: DECISION AND PERCEPTION that has Dodson talking about the mysterious cover-up over the mushroom cloud event in North Korea on September 12th, 2004. Also on side B are trailers for both BEHIND ENEMY LINES films. Both sides include a trailer for THE SENTINEL.

FINAL ANALYSIS: BEHIND ENEMY LINES 2 is saved from being an average DTV sequel by the geopolitical scenes and the current events nature of the sequel.

this review is (c)10-15-2006 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission (except for excerpts and a link to the review). Look for additional content at http://enterlinemedia.livejournal.com and send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com