The Guardian (2006)
USA / English
"When lives are on the line, sacrifice everything. "A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard's "A" School, where legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall teaches him some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice.
I went to an advance screening of this movie thinking I was about to
embark on 120 minutes of cheezy lines, mindless plot, and the kind of
nauseous acting that made "The Postman" one of the most malignant
displays of cinematic blundering of our time. But I was shocked.
Shocked to find a film starring Costner that appealed to the soul of
the audience. Shocked that Ashton Kutcher could act in such a serious
role. Shocked that a film starring both actually engaged and captured
my own emotions. Not since 'Robin Hood' have I seen this Costner: full
of depth and complex emotion. Kutcher seems to have tweaked the serious
acting he played with in "Butterfly Effect". These two actors came into
this film with a serious, focused attitude that shone through in what I
thought was one of the best films I've seen this year. No, its not an
Oscar worthy movie. It's not an epic, or a profound social commentary
film. Rather, its a story about a simple topic, illuminated in a way
that brings that audience to a higher level of empathy than thought
possible. That's what I think good film-making is and I for one am
throughly impressed by this work. Bravo!
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