TEARS OF THE SUN (2003 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.8|5.0 Stars ìììì

Tears of the Sun—based on a real life Canadian-Columbian rescue event—turns into a superb, worth a second watch movie. Strong violence and some partial nudity.

Storyline

After a Nigerian rebel uprising, United States Navy Seal Lieutenant A. K. Waters (Bruce Willis) receives command to lead his team into the Nigerian jungle to rescue and evacuate Dr. Lena Fiore Kendricks (Monica Bellucci) and her colleagues, Mission Priest (Pierrino Mascarino), Sister Grace (Fionnula Flanagan), and Sister Siobhan (Cornelia Hayes O’Herlihy), from the hospital/mission where they serve.  When the Navy Seal team arrives, Dr. Kendrick requests that her patients be included in the rescue attempt. Patients, able to walk, accompany the Navy Seal team and Dr. Kendricks on the 7 ½ mile trek to the helicopter evacuation point. When they arrive for evacuation, Lieutenant Waters follows through with his original order to primarily evacuate Dr. Kendricks and leaves all patients on ground. The evacuation flight path includes a view of the now destroyed mission/hospital compound where all remaining personnel, who voluntarily remained to care for the patients who could not travel, have been ruthlessly murdered by rebel troops. Ignoring his primary directive, Lieutenant Waters returns to the evacuation point, loads as many of the abandoned patients, who had initially traveled into the jungle, into the helicopter as he can, and asks his team to lead the rest of the patients through the jungle to a safe area. Rebel troops pursue as the Navy Seal team endeavors to find a safe point where they can be evacuated.

Additional Thanks

Best Work for Director Antoine Fuqua. Thank you to Executive Producer Joe Roth for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: James ‘Red’ Atkins (Cole Hauser), Ellis ‘Zee’Pettigrew (Eamonn Walker), Kelly Lake (Johnny Messner), Michael ‘Slo’ Slowenski (Nick Chinlund), Demetrius ‘Silk’ Owens (Charles Ingram), Danny ‘Doc’ Kelley (Paul Francis), Jason ‘Flea’ Mabry (Chad Smith), and Colonel Idris Sadick (Malick Bowens).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Definitely. A special ops movie with Bruce Willis that is superb. Period.

Ben Meyers

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