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Tears of the Sun (Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
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Loyal veteran Navy S.E.A.L. Lt. A.K. Waters (Bruce Willis) is sent into the heart of war-torn Africa on a hazardous mission to rescue Dr. Lena Hendricks (Monica Bellucci), a U.S. citizen who runs a missionary. When the beautiful doctor refuses to abandon the refugees in her care, Lt. Waters finds himself having to choose between following orders and the dictates of his own conscience. Together, they begin a dangerous trek through the deadly jungle, all the while being pursued by a rebel militiagroup, with only one goal in mind: to assassinate Lt. Waters' unit and the refugees in his care.
Because of the intense political nature of Tears of the Sun, it's no surprise that a good deal of the DVD content is devoted to the political and historical background of Africa. Director Antoine Fuqua discusses it in his feature-length commentary track, along with other comments about the film itself. Another commentary track, in which the authors recall the making of the film and the material that was cut, lasts 17 minutes and is not related to the portion of the film it accompanies. A pop-up "fact track" offers further background and production info, as does a 15-minute making-of featurette. Eight of the African actors discuss their harrowing personal experiences in "Voices of Africa," and eight deleted scenes wouldn't have added much to the film, other than introducing two small but important characters earlier. The sound mix is particularly involving during the climactic scene. --David Horiuchi
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him ( although he does step it up - you believe he IS this guy ).
The story may seem cliche but the writing , directing , cinemetography definitely bring
it up to being a tense and heartbreaking movie with people you genuinely believe in
and want to see come out of their harrowing escape alive.
Some scenes are hard to watch - some are definitely not for the squeamish - but in the end
it is a very satisfying action movie with a heart at it's core. It may not happen in real life
all the time but you have to wish American soldiers in this predicament would act this way all the time.
I do - and I'm not American.
If you buy the DVD do not over look the two voice over commentaries as they add to the experience. Then watch the film again and see what you missed.
As a rule I usually avoid this kind of movie as we know the end and the travel time thought the story is mostly blood and guts; in this film it is verging on gratuitous. Of course with a few exceptions this is a Bruce Willis signature. To its credit the background music was not the standard shoot-em-up.
Tears of the Sun (a clever title by the way) has strong, bloody action. It moves quickly, and logically. There are a few surprises, but, in the end this is a straight-forward production. The "crisis of conscience" so many reviewers have mentioned actually gets resolved fairly quickly, and as one would expect of a Hollywood production. The action is realistic, and does not glorify the necessary violence--a plus! Willis' brooding is key in this aspect.
Bottom-line: Tears of the Sun is a solid action movie, with just enough personal conflict to give it reasonable depth. The Nigerian characters are treated with dignity, and the story ends on a somber, yet optimistic note. I just kept sensing that something was missing. I kept waiting. Was Willis carrying some dark secret about a past mission gone bad? Was the missionary lady somehow involved in the country's politics? (After all, why send a team of highly-skilled soliders to extract one civilian missionary?) Was the U.S. government somehow implicated? Most of those questions went unanswered. A movie that hinted at having almost documentary-type intentions ended up simply a solid action movie + some crisis of conscience stuff that soldiers who see action often go through. Good, strong material--but not *****.
The plot involves Lt Waters and his small squad of Navy seals aboard an aircraft carrier,"somewhere off the coast of Africa".They have just come back from a mission and must turn around,within about three hours,and mount a rescue operation to a French mission to retrieve the missionary,his wife,an assistant and a doctor working there.They arrive at their destination in Nigeria,and the area is full of refugees;some who can walk and others who can't.The missionary,his wife and assistant won't leave.The only one Waters can talk into leaving is the doctor,who in turn,will not go if her patients cannot do so.The refugees are NOT part of Waters assignment but he relents and anyone that is mobile is allowed to accompany the Seals to the evac zone.
They arrive and the choppers are on the ground awaiting their cargo.Waters then reveals he lied to get the good doctor to the zone and says he must leave the rest behind.They lift off but as they pass over the mission all aboard become witness to the full scale atrocities committed there.Waters orders the choppers turned around and they return to the evac zone.They get as many aboard the chopper as they can and Waters decides to escort the remainder across the boarder to Cameroon.Read more ›
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