Tears of the Sun
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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
- Writer's observations
- Journey to Safety: Making Tears of the Sun
- Voices of Africa
- Deleted scenes
- Africa fact track
- Interactive map of Africa
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This is also not a "fun movie". At times, it is quite brutal in the narrative. If you are expecting quotable one-liners and a wise-cracking Bruce Willis, you are going to be very dissatisfied as well as disappointed. Nothing light nor humorous here.
This is a dark, well crafted film where you can almost taste the salt from the sweat and your gut gets wrenched from the brutality. It's an excellent movie from Antoine Fuqua and has held up well over the years.
So often it all seems so crazy and so cruel, but as the adage says, "TIA" (This Is Africa)
I believe they were trying to convey conflict that has and does exist in many countries around the world. It's not a movie meant to be "loved" or even to be in awe of.
There's a lot of internal conflict for the characters, and that is one of the most important aspects of the movie. The message is clear, powerful, and obvious, and that is the point. As for the superficial stuff, all of the actors are excellent in their roles, the photography is beautiful, the drama is powerful. It's Hollywood, so they're going to take some liberties, and that should be expected. There aren't overdone special effects that make no sense (sure, they're going to make things go boom). If you watch this movie with those things in mind, you just might be able to understand what they were trying to do (aside from just creating an action flick). It's not for the faint of heart or the overly critical, but in my opinion, it's worth watching.