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Tears of the Sun
He was trained to follow orders. He became a hero by defying them.
Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters 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.
Why must the greatest action heroes of our modern cinema age insist on trying to make earnest films with deeper meaning? Tears of the Sun is one of those films that utterly restrains a man of genuine star charisma in a role that's more of a political, stone walled cipher than any kind of memorable character - in this case Bruce Willis, a man of course best known for blowing up buildings in a vest, with a swagger and a dose of 'fuck you' attitude. Now people forget Willis actually can act, which he's proved more than once in turning his hard man gaze into a soft vulnerability, but Antoine Fuqua is nowhere near the kind of filmmaker to pull…
Fuqua is a magician: give him almost any material and he'll transform it into something superficial. The feature has a weak storyline and awful pacing issues, lack of good acting and characters that you care for. They expect from us to be moved by images of human suffering while forgetting the most essential elements of filmmaking. War is no game in real life, that's true, but the war genre is no game either. How am I supposed to feel sympathy for cardboard cutouts despite a surrounding carnage? And how am I supposed to believe that an emotionless Bruce Willis, with a permanently serious face that rivals Steven Seagal's, had motivations, feelings, objectives or whatever it was he had? He was asked in the film why he changed the mission. His answer was: "I'll tell you when I know". We we never told. There was no need to abandon the audience and leave it with sensationalism.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
Reductively and cluelessly stumbles into every single trap you'd expect of a film about American military might separating "good" Africans from "bad" ones. If I'm being honest, though, my hardware fetish and general love of screen violence keep it relatively enjoyable.
This was just a standard war movie. In it, this film has a few Americans take on a few hundred murderous evil bad guys, a soldier grows a heart and risks his men's lives to save the indigenous people from being slaughtered and maimed by the regime, and of course the white woman that makes everything difficult by being stubborn. These are all pretty much standard fare for the genre. There's really nothing new here, but if you like war-action movies, you should enjoy this.
“Ringside seats to an ethnic cleansing”
There's much to criticize with Antoine Fuqua's gritty war-movie from 2003, but no matter how much I struggle I find it hard to dislike this movie all too much. Despite all its flaws, Fuqua manages to take the strong aspects of the movie and making them so good that the movie is able to proudly rise above the big areas of criticism.
As an action movie, Tears of the Sun really brings me what I would've expected, Fuqua makes good use of the environments to bring a claustrophobic feeling of tension and what he does best is how he portion the action. There's never too much gun-blasting but instead he brings up the fate…
One of my favorites!
A war film like so many others. Well made, descent performances and a good cause but nothing really memorable....
Tears of the Sun is a pretty depressing movie.
There's almost no character development, but there are some really well done emotional scenes.
Hans Zimmer's music was probably the best part of the film
Mediocre. The core message is an important one. The way in which it is delivered is shoddy. Either make this an action movie (and take out the major manipulative stuff), or make it about the message (and tone down the almost relentless action while making the characters more than hollow caricatures). As it is, it is only decent, when it could have been very very good indeed.
For what this movie is, it's pretty entertaining...well that might not be the best word because Tears of the Sun is a pretty depressing movie, but you know what I mean. Sure, there's no character development whatsoever, but there are some really well pulled off emotional scenes. I'm not the biggest war movie buff so I can't really compare this to much, but I can safely say that this movie isn't horrible. Also, I was surprised to find out that this was under the name Die Hard 4 during production haha!
Excellent story and exciting war movie. Bruce Willis delivered an exceptional acting performance.
I gotta be the only person around who gives this film a favorable review but I really liked it. I'd go even further and say unlike most people I found the pacing well balanced. This dark, violent tale of choice and consequence is well told.
Of course the plot is constructed but I never figured we have an entirely unrealistic scenario at hand.
Was it very sophisticated or deep? No.
Was it tense? Yeah!
Was it emotional? Hell yeah!
One might argue that the enemy is faceless and their motivation doubtful. But in times with almost daily news reports of brutality against ethnic minorties in the conflict regions of Africa (among other places) they didn't really need to go into…
The only tears you'll see when watching this schlock will be your own. No thanks.
This must be the missing link that better illustrates Bruce Willis' transition from the likeable every-man John McClane to the stupidly obnoxious John McClane known from the latest instalments of the "Die Hard" series.
I won't deny that "Tears of the sun" is a schmaltzy, by-the-book actioner that tries to have something to say about politics. And it does really feel like you're being lectured by a teenager on the intricacies of foreign relations and modern conflicts. It sports way too many clichés, be it the characters, the plotting, or pretty much anything... But somehow I kept watching anxiously to see the resolution of the story, even though I had a good idea about how and where it would go.…
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