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Lt. A.K. Waters is the loyal veteran officer of a Navy S.E.A.L unit. When he's sent into the heart of Africa, the usually hard-bitten Waters finds himself deeply conflicted at having to choose between following orders and the dictates of his own conscience.
Action Adventure - This is a VERY GRAPHIC movie that's hard to watch at times, because
of all the bloody, brutal, senseless killing. However, it's an
excellent story that I feel most will enjoy very much. There's lots
of macho, special forces action, for action fans, but there's also
softer side to the story that will appeal to those who look for
more than just action.
PROFANITY: 21 F-words, 9 GD's, 2 S-words, 1 A-word. Just a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Very bloody, graphic and brutal war violence. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: Several intense jungle battle scenes. COMEDY: None
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Review Good "Yet the righteousness of Tears of the Sun would be more
effective if the film weren't caught between realism and escapism, faux
topicality and action dream. This may not be the best moment to make war look
easier than it is.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "Tears of the Sun is not a great movie, but it is
satisfying, and represents an example of accomplished filmmaking. The film
doesn't make the same kind of bold statement about war that is evident in
productions like Platoon or Apocalypse Now. But, as might be
presumed from the poetic title, there's more substance to be found here than one
might initially expect from a Bruce Willis action flick.''
Review Good "Tears of the Sun is a film constructed out of rain,
cinematography and the face of Bruce Willis. These materials are sufficient to
build a film almost as good as if there had been a better screenplay.''
Review Average "The movie might have gotten a dramatic boost from its
topical theme, indirect as it is. Unfortunately, it's not one-tenth as
interesting as what you can see at home during a nightly cable surf as U.S. war
policy is debated.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Outstanding opinions from all ages and both genders! The majority rated it very high, but there were a fair number who rated it "Good," which is just a little on the low side. Almost no one disliked it. This is obviously a movie I can highly recommend, as long as you can tolerate the graphic violence that is a necessary part of the film.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
An emotional movie that's often hard to watch because of the brutal, senseless killing. However, the graphic violence is a very necessary part of the story. If you can tolerate all this sad and brutal killing, you will find an excellent underlying story of compassion and self-sacrifice that makes this a great movie. With its macho special forces action, it will find an audience with action/war fans. It's underlying story of compassion for a brutally oppressed people will be of interest to those who have little or no interest in the war violence.
Navy SEAL Lieutenant
A.K. Waters (Bruce Willis) and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are
forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders
by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow
their conscience and protect a group of innocent refugees.
When the democratic
government of Nigeria collapses and the country is taken over by a ruthless
military dictator, Waters, a fiercely loyal and hardened veteran is dispatched
on a routine mission to retrieve a Doctors Without Borders physician, Dr. Lena
Kendricks (Monica Bellucci).
Dr. Kendricks, an
American citizen by marriage, is tending to the victims of the ongoing civil war
at a Catholic mission in a remote village. When Waters arrives, however, Dr.
Kendricks refuses to leave unless he promises to help deliver the villagers to
political asylum at the nearby border. If they are left behind, they will be at
the mercy of the enormous rebel army.
Waters is under strict
orders from his commanding officer Captain Bill Rhodes (Tom Skerritt) to remain
disengaged from the conflict. But as he and his men witness the brutality of the
rebels first-hand, they are won over to Dr. Kendricks' cause and place their
lives at risk by agreeing to escort the villagers on a perilous trek through the
As they move through
the countryside on foot, Waters' team, experts at evasion and concealment, are
inexplicably and ferociously pursued by an army of rebels. They are confounded
until they discover that, among the refugees, is the sole survivor of the
country's previous ruling family, whom the rebels have been ordered to
eliminate at all costs. Waters and his small band of soldiers must weigh the
life of one man against their own and the refugees they feel obliged to protect.