Jeff Bridges stars as bomb expert Jimmy Dove in BLOWN AWAY, an action-thriller about the leader of a bomb squad and his race against time to catch a psychotic bomb-maker played by Tommy Lee Jones. Despite powerful acting performances, this movie falls short of greatness, marred by lots of violence and foul language.
Jeff Bridges stars as bomb expert Jimmy Dove in BLOWN AWAY, an action-thriller about the leader of a bomb squad and his race against time to catch a psychotic bomb-maker played by Tommy Lee Jones. After escaping another life-and-death bomb crisis, Jimmy decides to retire to a safe teaching job. However, his retirement is cut short when his old partner is killed by a bomb. Investigating the scene, Jimmy realizes the bomber is a pro and decides to take on one more case. He knows he is the only one who can stop the bomber, but little does Jimmy know that the bomber is his old best friend, Gaerity (Tommy Lee Jones), out for revenge.
Despite powerful acting performances, Tommy Lee Jones in particular, this movie falls short of greatness, marred by a considerable amount of violence, foul language and alcohol abuse. In fact, the action in BLOWN AWAY is quite violent, including bomb explosions, fights and numerous deaths. The only positive moral elements in BLOWN AWAY are that good triumphs over evil, that “Amazing Grace” is sung at a funeral and that one character gives his life to save another’s. Also, the protagonist is concerned with saving lives and grieves over the deaths of his friends. Even though good triumphs over evil, it is the triumph of a man by his own means apart from the true source of salvation.
(R, LLL, VVV, A, P, M, C, B) Heroic romantic worldview; approximately 35 obscenities and 6 profanities; 6 deaths, shots of charred bodies & blood, 2 fight scenes, brief shot of dead dog hung upside down, & numerous bomb explosions; alcohol use & abuse; belief in horoscope by one character; revenge; and, minor occurrences of Christian elements--the singing of "Amazing Grace" & some biblical principles loosely espoused.