Posted September 27, 2018 by Chris Hick in Film Reviews

Rescue Under Fire (2017) DVD Release

During the opening of Rescue Under Fire (2018), the latest release from Eureka Entertainment we hear the sound of helicopter rotor blades slowed down and seen as a silhouette through the facing glaring sun. This scene is reminiscent of the opening shots to Apocalypse Now (1979). Courage Under Fire (2017) is a recent war film from Spain set in Afghanistan. It follows a crew from ISAF (International Security Assistance Force), a NATO led mission in Afghanistan. The film tells us that this film is based off a true story at the beginning and follows a MEDVAC helicopter team that goes into hostile territory to save lives, those of Afghan citizens caught in bomb blasts and Allied forces alike. In the opening scene we are introduced to Captain Isabela Varela who is trying, in vain to save the life of a young boy in a village within the MEDVAC helicopter while insurgents are about to attack the helicopter and RPGs flying past the blades of the chopper.

Varela is just a few days from returning to Madrid to take on top a job in a hospital, but while in Afghanistan remains committed to saving lives. A convoy consisting of Americans, Spanish troops and Spanish foreign legionnaires are on patrol in the Helmand Province when one of the vehicles hits an IED resulting in two wounded, one badly wounded. Varela’s MEDVAC team are flown in to help. When the helicopter lands it sinks in the sand and topples over, causing the blades to break off. They call in a rescue to pick them up, but command come up with the bright idea to rescue the helicopter and crew with chinooks and recover the chopper too by air lifting it out. The only problem, the rescue won’t be until dawn. Of course they are in hostile territory and it’s not long before a shepard makes his presence known. But is he a hostile? Overnight tensions rise as they face a possible attack.

This is an unusual film in that it is a European film dealing with the conflict, a war zone since 2001 and a conflict that has had some interesting war films made about it. Yet, like Vietnam it was slow for cinema to catch up with the war, with the small scale Battle for Haditha (2007), but there have been many since. There is a great deal of wit in the script, as well as the usual macho dialogue, while there are plenty of female characters who aim to prove themselves above and beyond their male counterparts and the example Varela sets.

Chris Hick

Chris Hick