They better make this badass the next Bond, I swear to God. Clive was just about perfect in this movie and although Jolie’s performance was 'okay', I was turned off by her “goth” dark hair color and big lips. I don’t normally mind her lips so much, but for some reason they particularly stood out in this film and made me lose my concentration more than a few times (What am I talking about? That’s it, I’m signing on for Greenpeace). This movie will either be a hit or miss for you. I doubt there will be a middle ground. I have some friends (The Shootin’ Surgeon, namely) that told me it’s a dud and another who told me that she actually considered humanitarian work after seeing the film. Martin Campbell does a fine job at balancing a touching romantic story while maintaining the focus on some of the more important issues, particularly the effect corruption and war had on many of the poor and hungry innocents who were left standing in the political crossfire.
Behind the Lines: The Making of BEYOND BORDERS, Part 1 (approx. 18 min.): This first part focuses on the parts of the production that were filmed in cities in Canada and Africa. The usual comments by the director, stars and various crew members are included in the feature as well as behind the scenes stuff on the filming of some scenes.
Behind the Lines: The Making of BEYOND BORDERS, Part 2 (approx. 18 min.): They continue to discuss the film sets, extras and film stock they used for the Ethiopian refugee camp and then take us on a journey to Thailand which was subbing for Cambodia in the film. I have no idea why they felt the need to separate these two "making of" features. But I do know that it pisses me off when they do that. They definitely lost some DVD extra feature points for that!!!
The Writing of BEYOND BORDERS: A Conversation with Screenwriter Caspian Tredwell-Owen. (approx. 7 min.): This was semi-interesting as I was curious as to what kind of research the writer did to write about this fairly complicated topic. This is worth checking out…
Angelina: Goodwill Ambassador (approx. 3 min.): If you didn't already know, Jolie is a UNHCR goodwill ambassador in real life. Angelina gives you the ins and outs of what she does for the organization and what they stand for. You see her interacting with the refugees and the children in these countries. She really loves doing this with her time. Good for her...she's a real class act!