A realistically staged war drama that provides rousing entertainment without falling back on stock characters or jingoistic platitudes, Behind Enemy Lines is both gritty and suspenseful. It’s also a showcase for Owen Wilson, heretofore associated primarily with comedies. He’s unexpectedly sympathetic as Chris Burnett, a cocky naval aviator bored with uneventful reconnaissance missions. One such foray over war-torn Bosnia ends with Chris being shot down and pursued by enemy soldiers, and he’s left to fend for himself in hostile territory while his tough-as-nails commanding officer, Reigert (Gene Hackman), mounts a rescue effort. The script allows tensions to escalate along parallel lines: Wilson’s attempt to stay ahead of his pursuers becomes increasingly desperate, and Hackman is frustrated by the necessity of securing clearance for his politically sensitive incursion. Director John Moore (He Shoots, He Scores) limns the Bosnian conflict in harrowing detail, and the atrocities he pictures will certainly unsettle some viewers. But what makes Behind Enemy Lines so entertaining is the story’s underlying reinforcement of the American military’s dedication and resolve. In a commentary for the DVD, Moore and producers John Davis and Wick Godfrey explain the challenges they faced in getting the film made. The disc also includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and three deleted scenes.