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Tears of the Sun (Special Edition) (2003)

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Antoine Fuqua

While it offers nothing new to the military action genre,Tears of the Sundistinguishes itself with fine acting, expert craftsmanship, and seriousness of purpose. Its familiar "extraction mission" plot is essentially similar to that ofBlack Hawk Down, … see full wiki

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Director: Antoine Fuqua
1 review about Tears of the Sun (Special Edition) (2003)

emotionally intense

  • Aug 19, 2011
Rating:
+5
Much of this film is pure and simple Hollywood, set in Africa with all of the Hollywood stereotypes about Africa (vicious rebels, crotchety foreign aid workers, wailing African mothers, etc.). Still, Tears of the Sun works because it is such an emotionally challenging journey. A small team of American commandos decides to try to protect refugees from a civil war in Nigeria. The acting amongst the main characters is generally OK, but the terror the African villagers convey is frighteningly realistic. What makes the film compelling is that they have to decide whether or not to disobey orders, who to save, and when to act. It's a violent movie with lots of fighting and depictions of massacres. However, if you can stomach it, the emotional catharsis at the end is one of the best I've seen in a long time.

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