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
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