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Guardian (2006) (Blu-ray)

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Tedious and boring

on 6/6/2012

I was actually looking forward to seeing this movie, because I like Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Costner, and how can you go wrong with an action movie about ocean rescue? But you can go so, so wrong, and the mistake is called "The Guardian." Kutcher and Costner are both decent actors with great inherent likability. But in this movie, they both phone in their performances - the result of poor direction. The pacing in this movie is awful, the acting atrocious, the plot nothing you haven't seen before in dozens of better movies. There is some "Officer and a Gentleman," and love fails to lift us up where we belong. Kutcher is driven and has a Big Secret, but is too macho to let on what it is. There is the obligatory training footage, which lasts way too long. Some other stuff happens, which was boring enough I can't remember what it was. Then Kutcher has a big reveal of his Big Secret, and I literally laughed out loud - not because of his performance (which is not too great even in his big scene) but because of the truly inept prop that the movie puts in front of us to help with the Exposition of the Big Secret. Slow, boring and tedious - not what you expect from an action movie about arctic rescue swimmers. That cable show about people crab fishing in Alaska is more interesting and compelling than this. Avoid.

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Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher star in The Guardian, the powerful, action-packed drama that takes you inside the never-before-seen world of the elite Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers. Reeling with grief in the wake of a mission gone tragically wrong, legendary Rescue Swimmer Ben Randall (Costner) is given a mission he doesn't want - training raw recruits. Once there, he knocks heads with cocky Jake Fischer (Kutcher), a swimming champ driven by a painful secret, who's more interested in breaking Ben's records than saving lives. But Ben also sees Jake has what it takes to be the best of the best. Filled with spectacular rescues in the lethal waters of the Bering Sea, The Guardian is a riveting and compelling story that dives straight into the heart and soul of real heroes, the unsung guardians of the sea.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 203520512
UPC 786936725902
UPC 14 00786936725902
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/29/2011
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Costner,Kevin
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Cast & Crew
Andrew Davis - Director
Andrew Max Cahn - Art Director
Armyan Bernstein - Executive Producer
Ashton Kutcher - Actor
Austin Gorg - Art Director
Dennis Virkler - Editor
Kevin Costner - Actor
Lowell D. Blank - Producer
Melissa Sagemiller - Actor
Ron L. Brinkerhoff - Writer
Sela Ward - Actor
Stephen St. John - Cinematographer
Thomas J. Nordberg - Editor
Trevor Rabin - Original Music By
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review There's nothing in The Guardian that audiences haven't previously been exposed to ad nauseam. Take a little of An Officer and a Gentleman and a little Top Gun and throw in some waves and underwater sequences, and you have The Guardian - only with less charismatic actors, more tame sex scenes, and a lot less energy. The director is Andrew Davis, who made The Fugitive more than a decade ago. It hardly seems possible that this lazy, sluggish, overlong production could be the work of the same man...There's not much to say about a movie that fails to take the time to develop real characters or provide a few interesting plot points, yet still manages to run for well over two hours. The Guardian expects us to fill in the blanks using our experiences with previous productions of this sort.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Variety
Review Cliches and conventions from several generations of basic-training scenarios are proficiently recycled in "The Guardian," a shrewdly updated version of classic (and not-so-classic) military-themed pics about grizzled, blunt-spoken vets who transform cocksure hotheads into coolly efficient professionals. With Kevin Costner well cast as a demanding mentor haunted by past failures, and Ashton Kutcher surprisingly effective as a brash recruit dealing with his own demons, the overlong but involving drama has obvious cross-generational appeal...Pic clocks in at an indulgent 139 minutes, though it never feels draggy. The training-school story is bracketed with genuinely thrilling rescue sequences convincingly filmed in a 750,000-gallon water tank constructed for the production in Shreveport, La.
Reviewer Joe Leydon
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Actor Costner,Kevin
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun action movie displaying brains and heart...
M.E. Russell, Portland Oregonian ...genuinely well-made...moving.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...Kutcher is probably the most appealing he has been in a big-screen role.

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