'Enemy Lines II' vid out of headlines


As the world wonders what to do about North Korea's nuclear ambitions, a new movie released Tuesday explores what might happen if the totalitarian state had a missile capable of reaching New York.

"Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil" is the straight-to-DVD sequel to the 2001 film starring Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson.

The sequel was written 18 months ago by first-time writer/director James Dodson and filmed in Bulgaria.

"I was a stranger to what was going on in Korea before I did the research for the movie," Dodson said.

Twentieth Century Fox, which released the DVD, said its timing was coincidental.

"The timing was established months ago," said Steve Feldstein, senior vp of marketing at Fox Home Video.

The United Nations has condemned the Oct. 9 atomic blast by North Korea.

The plot of the action film revolves around a group of Navy SEALs dropped into North Korea to destroy its long-range missile.

Dodson said it was natural to wonder how the balance of power would shift if the government of communist dictator Kim Jong Il developed such a missile.