Tears of the Sun

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Time Out says

Of all the barbarities in all the world - not least in Africa - Hollywood had to wade into a fabricated civil war in Nigeria. At least this po-faced military-adventuring tub-thumper doesn't sneer the way Wag the Dog did at the idea of Albanian unrest. Then again, that might have relieved the suffocating banality of its African abstract, which encompasses local victims and villains and US flashfire fighters bound by the rulebook. 'God already left Africa' is, then, Willis's navy grunt's sum wisdom on the matter. Our hero and his platoon are charged with airlifting a Médecins Sans Frontières doctor (Bellucci) to safety. However, bundling the little lady into a 'copter and away turns out to be not so wham-bam. There's a moment pregnant with bathos as the chopper rises over the killing fields: Willis's cheeks clench, a taut grimace slowly spreads across his face, before he finally pronounces, 'Let's turn her around.' (Tit for tat: Bellucci's shirt slips a button.) From here on it's pretty much 'Die Hard in the Jungle', with carefully demarcated standards for representing American and 'Nigerian' violence. But, er, psychology? Culture? History? Willis: 'When I figure it out, I'll let you know.'
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2003

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121 mins

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Ezinwanne

I have just seen Tears of the Sun and I am glad that a movie with such great actors with whatever motives can portray some of the untold atrocities that happened during the Nigerian/Biafrian war. One of the worst civil wars ever. I am an Ibo born during this war. It feels so real and emotional. Finally a movie of such great worth (fictional or not) has to a certain degree honoured the lives of so many innocent souls that were butchered in this war. Hotel Rwanda took the Rwanda's war to the movie theatre and everyone could have an idea of what happened. I do thank the writer, producer, Bruce Willis and all for this great honor. Great movie, great story, Well done!

Ezinwanne

I have just seen Tears of the Sun and I am glad that a movie with such great actors with whatever motives can portray some of the untold atrocities that happened during the Nigerian/Biafrian war. One of the worst civil wars ever. I am an Ibo born during this war. It feels so real and emotional. Finally a movie of such great worth (fictional or not) has to a certain degree honoured the lives of so many innocent souls that were butchered in this war. Hotel Rwanda took the Rwanda's war to the movie theatre and everyone could have an idea of what happened. I do thank the writer, producer, Bruce Willis and all for this great honor. Great movie, great story, Well done!

stemund

Sorry guys, I totally disagree with you Luke. This is cleraly one of the best action films I ever has watched. It is heartbreaking, true, merciful, suprisingly, action-war and a good end. I love this movie. Watch it!! have watched it several times myself. I would say it's something more than just a normal movie. It leaves a mark on you. Then it even end with this fabulous quote from Edmund Burke which is so true.... I haven't seen Die Hard but much else, and in my opinion Bruce Willis is fantastic in this movie, a true hero. We need those.! So if you wonder, watch this movie. I can't understand it's negative remarks. It is just stupid and so not true!!! :)

stemund

Sorry guys, I totally disagree with you Luke. This is cleraly one of the best action films I ever has watched. It is heartbreaking, true, merciful, suprisingly, action-war and a good end. I love this movie. Watch it!! have watched it several times myself. I would say it's something more than just a normal movie. It leaves a mark on you. Then it even end with this fabulous quote from Edmund Burke which is so true.... I haven't seen Die Hard but much else, and in my opinion Bruce Willis is fantastic in this movie, a true hero. We need those.! So if you wonder, watch this movie. I can't understand it's negative remarks. It is just stupid and so not true!!! :)

Luke

Why I thought an African war film starring Bruce Willis could be anything other than American fabrication and inaccurate rubbish is my profound mistake.. This is the worse film I have ever seen. It should be an embarrassment to everyone involved. If you want a decent Bruce Willis action film then watch Die Hard. If you want a compelling and well made African war film that doesn't insult those it is supposed to represent then watch Shooting Dogs. But never ever watch this film. To answer the question of the above reviewer regarding the point of the film, according to the final quote it is that 'The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.' Well if this is so, thank goodness there are the Americans and Bruce Willis' in this world to save us all!

Nkoyo

I was in Kaduna, (northern Nigeria) when I saw this and i am from the south. So technically I was in enemy territory as far as this movie is concerned. Do you know that some footage was taken from a documentary filmed by Sorious Samura entitled 'Cry Freetown, I am not sure any part was even filmed in Nigeria. I was wondering what on earth was actually going on in the movie. Athough the timeline was supposed to be in the year of its release, most Nigerians who saw it thought it was a re-enactment of the civil war (Nigeria vs Biafra). My candid comment/question is this What was the point of it all? And i can't believe my beloved Bruce Willis would actually be in this sort of production. I don't want to leave it unrated so the one star i give is actually a negative one.