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Beyond Borders (Widescreen Edition)

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An English socialite gives up her luxurious lifestyle when she falls in love with a doctor and follows him to Africa, to help those suffering in poverty.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: R
Release Date: 20-DEC-2005
Media Type: DVD

Special Features

  • Behind the Lines: The Making of Beyond Borders, Part 1
  • Behind the Lines: The Making of Beyond Borders, Part 2
  • The Writing of Beyond Borders: A Conversation with Screenwriter Caspian Tredwell-Owen
  • Angelina: Goodwill Ambassador

Product Details

  • Actors: Clive Owen, Angelina Jolie, Linus Roache, Teri Polo, Noah Emmerich
  • Directors: Martin Campbell
  • Writers: Caspian Tredwell-Owen
  • Producers: Amy Lescoe, Dan Halsted, Geyer Kosinski, John D. Schofield, Lloyd Phillips
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AW02A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,234 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beyond Borders (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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BEYOND BORDERS doesn't seem to know where it is going as a movie: an international love affair, a poster film for the courage of the human soul, a documentary, a promotional film for Angelina Jolie's laudable contributions to global charity, a study of the mismanagement of fundraising and fund disbursement for the victims of famine, starvation and war around the globe, etc etc. If you can get past the need to hone in on a single concept then there is plenty to like about this movie. For once Jolie is able to play a woman obsessed with aiding the unfortunate instead of towering above all others as a fictive comic book character. And there are truly fine performances by Clive Owen (wholly commited to his role as a physician for the masses), Linus Roache, Teri Polo, and Noah Emmerich and of course minor roles played with aplomb by actors from the various locales needing aid - Ethiopia, Cambodia, Chechnya etc. This film has the appearance of a Blockbuster in style and execution, but its real importance is in its depiction of the suffering that covers the globe. In a very touching passage physician Clive Owen addresses the quiet courage of the people in extremis and at that point the message of the movie is driven home with great impact. Recommended.
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Before I say my praises, I will advise for anyone who enjoys not having their movie spoiled, not to read a review by BANANAGURL, who totally spoils it by giving away the ending!
Anyways, I found this to be more of a heart moving, touching movie, than a love story with a war/refugee backdrop. It made me realise and appreciate all that I have in my life. The warmth, safety, food and cleanliess, that 50 million people, such as those portrayed in the movie lack.
This wasnt a boring, draggin-on movie, but a moving drama, that really shows the raw and deep pain of human suffering that goes on, out of peoples minds and awarenss. Hunger and pain, spreads through those people like a great colossos of doom. Great perforamnce from Angelina, and Cliwe. I'm very glad I got a chance to experience this visually moving project.
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No one can accuse "Beyond Borders" of not having its heart in the right place. After all, how many mainstream American movies so much as acknowledge the existence of starving people in the world, let alone make them the centerpiece of their stories? For its willingness to do that, the film deserves a certain amount of genuine praise. Unfortunately, having gone this far, the filmmakers then cheapen it all by pasting onto the film a corny, superficial love story more appropriate to a Harlequin Romance than an ostensibly serious social drama.

Angelina Jolie plays a United Nations relief worker who flits from one worldwide trouble spot to another - Africa, Cambodia, Chechnya - dispensing aid and carrying on an adulterous affair with a handsome field doctor (played by Clive Owen) whom she met several years earlier (the film takes place in the 1980`s and `90`s). It's a little hard to take seriously the extreme plight of these suffering people when Sarah and Nick are making goo-goo eyes at one another in between saving lives and delivering inspirational, we-are-the-world speeches. As with so many movies of this type, the put-upon, indigenous people become little more than extras in their own story, a mere backdrop for the trite personal drama occupying center stage. It's as if American audiences couldn't possibly find any interest or relevance in all this misery if we didn't have some well-fed, well-scrubbed white people serving as our guide to get us through it all. I'm sure that the last thing the people who made this movie intended was to in any way demean the incredible efforts done by relief workers around the world, yet that is exactly what they end up doing by forcing all this heartbreaking human tragedy through the funnel of a hackneyed love story.
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For quite some time now I've been more or less hooked on Angelina Jolie and her films and can definitely say with some authority that had this film not had her in it, it probably wouldn't have garnered much attention from the movie going public. Having said that, "Beyond Borders" is a good film, not spectacular or overwhelmingly poignant, just good! Given Angelina Jolie's personal passion towards helping children from third world nations it's easy to see why she chose to do this film. That personal passion does translate to the film however, the script in and of itself just doesn't translate into an overly impressive film.
Performance wise, Angelina Jolie delivers another solid performance but she comes off as somewhat subdued for the better part of the film. She is such strong and versatile actress that her part in this film, despite a couple of strong points, just doesn't suit her talents. Clive Owen delivers a strong and memorable performance as does the majority of the cast.
I believe the only other film I've watched that was directed by Martin Campbell was "The Mask of Zorro" which was a pretty good film. His direction of "Beyond Borders" clearly shows that he can make the best of the film despite a weak script.
The Premise:
Sarah Jordan (Angelina Jolie) is an American married to a Brit. At a fundraising gala, Nick Callahan (Clive Owen) crashes in dragging behind him a young Ethiopian and turns Sarah's world upside down as he delivers a strong speech about the suffering the Ethiopians are going through and haranguing her father-in-law about pulling his funding. Sarah soon finds herself taking every last penny she has and buying relief supplies to personally take to Ethiopia...
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