TEARS OF THE SUN

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Release Date: March 07, 2003

Starring: Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Cole Hauser, and Tom Skerritt

Genre: War Movie

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Eric
Rice TEARS OF THE SUN is an
action drama and war movie
starring Bruce Willis as Lt.
A.K. Waters. Lt. Waters is
sent with his SEAL team on a
mission into strife-ridden
Central Africa, to bring back
an American Doctor, Lena
Kendricks, who is running a
medical mission there. Set
against the backdrop of a
current day coup, Dr.
Kendricks, her refugees, a
Roman Catholic priest, and two
nuns are in real danger when a
group of homicidal soldiers
travel their direction with
ethnic cleansing and church
burning on their evil
minds. Steely eyed, and
mission centered, Lt. Waters
and his very capable SEAL team
are tasked with getting Dr.
Hendricks safely away from the
African conflagration.
Problems quickly arise when
the strong-willed doctor is
unwilling to leave without 70
of her friends and patients.
Frustrated, and realizing that
rebel soldiers are closing
fast, Waters reluctantly
agrees and begins a slow trek
to the landing zone for
extraction by helicopters from
an aircraft carrier. After a
close call, and the throat
slitting of one rebel, Waters
and the group make it to the
landing zone. Waters promptly
pushes Dr. Hendricks on the
chopper, loads his team and
leaves the refugees stranded
in the jungle, stating, "My
mission was to get you out,
not them." Dr. Hendricks is
devastated, cursing and
spitting on Waters. After the
chopper flies over the
still-burning mission and they
all see the bloody bodies of
the people that remained
there, Waters has a change of
heart. He orders the chopper
to turn around and land, he
loads it with as many weak and
young people it will hold, and
he and Dr. Kendricks stay with
his SEALs to lead the
remaining refugees to
safety. Now, instead of a
small rebel force pursuing
them, they are chased by
hundreds of well-armed
soldiers! The reason is that
one of the refugees, unknown
to the SEALs, is much more
important than an American
doctor! TEARS OF THE SUN
combines the skilled action
and effects of movies like
BLACK HAWK DOWN with stunning
jungle footage like that in
THE MISSION. The Hans Zimmer
musical score is a wonderful
mix of African instrument and
themes wound around a
classical background. (Think
LION KING without Elton John.)
Though Willis's character is
fairly unemotional, he
eventually warms up as he
begins to see Dr. Hendricks
and her friends as more than
just "a package" he has to
deliver. TEARS is a little
preachy sometimes, with a few
technical plot stretches, but
overall fairly tight and
compelling. It shows the
Catholic priest (French
accent) and the nuns as brave
and caring. The priest even
blesses the SEAL team for
helping. At the end, one of
the refugees tells Waters,
"God will never forget you,"
though Waters earlier had
said, "God left Africa a long
time ago." Regrettably, TEARS
OF THE SUN is marred by some
light and strong foul
language, though it's
believable of soldiers. Also,
the movie realistically
portrays horrible scenes of
mutilation, rape, brutality,
and cold-blooded genocidal
murder, along with the already
graphic war violence. Director
Antoine Fuqua does an
admirable job of filming in
difficult locations and moving
the story and action along.
His premise is that the people
in the United States can do
good with their armed forces
to help the helpless. In this
case, in a foreign country
with tribal violence, it is
difficult to ascertain who the
good guys really are, so he
makes the aggressors to be the
villains. TEARS OF THE SUN
ends with the famous,
important quote from Edmund
Burke, one of the founders of
the republican democracy which
America embodies: "All it
takes for the triumph of evil
is that good men do nothing."
TEARS OF THE SUN is not
recommended for the sensitive,
squeamish or easily offended,
but it continues the trend,
established so powerfully by
some in Hollywood last year,
of movies with strong
Christian content. Please
address your comments to: Amy
Pascal, Chairman Columbia
Pictures John Calley,
Chairman/CEO Sony Pictures
Entertainment 10202 West
Washington Blvd. Culver City,
CA 90232-3195 Phone: (310)
244-4000 Fax: (310)
244-2626 Web Page:
www.spe.sony.com/

Rating: R

Runtime: 127 minutes

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Content:

(CC, BBB, PP, H, LL, VVV, SS, M) Christian worldview with very positive, moral portrayals of priests, nuns and American soldiers and their bravery and self-sacrifice; secondary humanist elements with a humans-sticking-together-can-save-the-world message; 13 mild to strong obscenities; horrific war violence with pillaging, brutality, rape, murder, genocide, priest killed with machete; brief image from medium long shot of soldier raping female; no nudity; and, ethnic cleansing and lying.

GENRE: War Movie

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Summary:

In TEARS OF THE SUN, Bruce Willis leads a team of elite SEALs into war-torn Africa to rescue a female American doctor, where he finds that he also must rescue a Catholic priest, two nuns and some refugees. Sporting a positive Christian worldview, TEARS OF THE SUN is an exciting, powerful portrayal of self-sacrifice and bravery, but it contains some strong foul language, very strong wartime violence, and mercifully brief rape scene.

Review:

TEARS OF THE SUN is an action drama and war movie starring Bruce Willis as Lt. A.K. Waters. Lt. Waters is sent with his SEAL team on a mission into strife-ridden Central Africa, to bring back an American Doctor, Lena Kendricks, who is running a medical mission there. Set against the backdrop of a current day coup, Dr. Kendricks, her refugees, a Roman Catholic priest, and two nuns are in real danger when a group of homicidal soldiers travel their direction with ethnic cleansing and church burning on their evil minds.

Steely eyed, and mission centered, Lt. Waters and his very capable SEAL team are tasked with getting Dr. Hendricks safely away from the African conflagration. Problems quickly arise when the strong-willed doctor is unwilling to leave without 70 of her friends and patients. Frustrated, and realizing that rebel soldiers are closing fast, Waters reluctantly agrees and begins a slow trek to the landing zone for extraction by helicopters from an aircraft carrier.

After a close call, and the throat slitting of one rebel, Waters and the group make it to the landing zone. Waters promptly pushes Dr. Hendricks on the chopper, loads his team and leaves the refugees stranded in the jungle, stating, "My mission was to get you out, not them." Dr. Hendricks is devastated, cursing and spitting on Waters. After the chopper flies over the still-burning mission and they all see the bloody bodies of the people that remained there, Waters has a change of heart. He orders the chopper to turn around and land, he loads it with as many weak and young people it will hold, and he and Dr. Kendricks stay with his SEALs to lead the remaining refugees to safety.

Now, instead of a small rebel force pursuing them, they are chased by hundreds of well-armed soldiers! The reason is that one of the refugees, unknown to the SEALs, is much more important than an American doctor!

TEARS OF THE SUN combines the skilled action and effects of movies like BLACK HAWK DOWN with stunning jungle footage like that in THE MISSION. The Hans Zimmer musical score is a wonderful mix of African instrument and themes wound around a classical background. (Think LION KING without Elton John.) Though Willis's character is fairly unemotional, he eventually warms up as he begins to see Dr. Hendricks and her friends as more than just "a package" he has to deliver.

TEARS is a little preachy sometimes, with a few technical plot stretches, but overall fairly tight and compelling. It shows the Catholic priest (French accent) and the nuns as brave and caring. The priest even blesses the SEAL team for helping. At the end, one of the refugees tells Waters, "God will never forget you," though Waters earlier had said, "God left Africa a long time ago."

Regrettably, TEARS OF THE SUN is marred by some light and strong foul language, though it's believable of soldiers. Also, the movie realistically portrays horrible scenes of mutilation, rape, brutality, and cold-blooded genocidal murder, along with the already graphic war violence.

Director Antoine Fuqua does an admirable job of filming in difficult locations and moving the story and action along. His premise is that the people in the United States can do good with their armed forces to help the helpless. In this case, in a foreign country with tribal violence, it is difficult to ascertain who the good guys really are, so he makes the aggressors to be the villains.

TEARS OF THE SUN ends with the famous, important quote from Edmund Burke, one of the founders of the republican democracy which America embodies: "All it takes for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." TEARS OF THE SUN is not recommended for the sensitive, squeamish or easily offended, but it continues the trend, established so powerfully by some in Hollywood last year, of movies with strong Christian content.

Please address your comments to:

Amy Pascal, Chairman

Columbia Pictures

John Calley, Chairman/CEO

Sony Pictures Entertainment

10202 West Washington Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90232-3195

Phone: (310) 244-4000

Fax: (310) 244-2626

Web Page: www.spe.sony.com/

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