Tears of the Sun

2006-10-06 16:58
 

In director Antoine Fuqua's (Training Day) new action-adventure film, Bruce Willis stars as Lt. A.K. Waters, the loyal veteran officer of a Navy S.E.A.L unit. When he's sent into war torn Nigeria, the usually hard-bitten Waters finds himself deeply conflicted at having to choose between following orders and the dictates of his own conscience.

Though a fictional story, Tears of the Sun deals with the gritty realism of human conflict as Lt. Waters embarks on a mission to rescue Dr. Lena Kendricks (Monica Bellucci), a U.S. citizen who runs a mission station in the remote countryside. But when Lt. Waters arrives Dr. Kendricks refuses to abandon the refugees under her care. She convinces Waters to escort them on a dangerous trek through the dense jungle to the nearby border.

During the journey the S.E.A.L.s find themselves the unwitting guardians of a man sought by the rebel militia. This further endangers their already hazardous mission, but all the while strengthening Waters' resolve to protect Lena and the refugees, and to deliver them safely across the border.

What the critics are saying:

"All told, Fuqua has crafted one of the better military missions of the last 10 years. He squeezes real tension out of creative but familiar scenarios..."
- Sean O'Connell, filmcritic.com

"Antoine Fuqua...reportedly set out to make a serious movie about African genocide, but was pressured by his hawkish star into turning out a schmaltzy ode to U.S. military involvement that tacitly endorses the impending Iraqi invasion."
- Lou Lumenick, New York Post

"At its best, the film is a nightmare embossed on a postcard - horrific and ominously gorgeous."
- Wesley Morris, Boston Globe


Though some have criticized the film for it's blindly pro-American plot, director Antoine Fuqua seems to have made the best of a bad hand. Propaganda aside, Tears of the Sun is a gripping and beautifully shot war drama.

Robert 2003/06/20 12:10 AM
Pro Yank I haven't seen the movie, but I am (re: Iraq & the Middle East) pro Yank. Boss-eyed Bush may look silly, but he (and the USA) is the voice of global freedom. Someone, sometime has to say 'Enough. You've crossed the Line.' If that means war, then so be it. Mickey Mouse Meets the Monkey Monster!
Flobert 2003/06/20 9:16 AM
Pro Wank Its "are" - "he and the USA ARE the voice" NOT "he and the USA is the voice". Moron. Robert the Rapist
Tracy 2003/06/25 12:05 PM
Tears of the son I could do without the "American to the rescue" bit. The story is story we hear so often but choose to ignore, as a woman living in Africa (South Africa) it frightened me, it's on our doorstep, it could spill into this country. A scary eye opener. A brilliant movie.
Pat 2003/06/25 11:47 PM
Soft This movie is a failure. Bruce's facial expression (singular), the hot Doc, and the invincibility (until the end) of Bruce and his merry moralistic men add up to a feel good movie for the most gullible of brains. This bad recipe when lined up against the benchmark rescue movie "Black Hawk Down" simply leaves the viewer embarassed. Definitely not with a capital "D".
Dawid 2003/08/17 12:49 PM
Tears of the sun Grusome and boring. The plot is never ending and predictable. The story is possible but hopefully no American will play the leading role. The movie makers projects Africa the wrong side up. Dont even bother
Dawid 2003/08/17 12:49 PM
Tears of the sun Grusome and boring. The plot is never ending and predictable. The story is possible but hopefully no American will play the leading role. The movie makers projects Africa the wrong side up. Dont even bother
Recato Cristiano Eberwein 2008/10/25 7:07 PM
Very haunting movie This is the best war movie I have seen. Good acting, haunting music. In total the movie had you in tears. Dont know why most people did not like the movie.
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