Once the action finally kicks in though, you can almost forget all the boredom and clichéd moments. If you are in the mood to get knocked on your ass (and aren’t impatient) then you might have some incentive to watch this movie, because the two final action scenes are truly something to behold. They’re gritty, violent, and suspenseful, plus have a beautiful jungle setting that kicks it up another notch – BAAM! In retrospect though, the outcome proved to me what I had though all along, that the risk for the mission was too high and was a bad call on the lieutenant’s part. It’s easy to criticize war movies lately, due mostly to the large amount of them in the past ten years. With all of the great war flicks available now, there’s no need to check out a lesser flick film like TEARS OF THE SUN, which is essentially an action movie at heart (just with an utter lack of action). Still though, there are worse ways to spend two hours.
The original DVD had the following: 2 commentaries, an Africa fact track, deleted scenes, a trailer, as well as the extras on this release...
Journey to Safety (15:04): Another one of those not-so-interesting standard making-of featurettes that include nothing of interest. Film clips, interviews of actors/crew praising each other, etc. Skip it.
Voices of Africa (20:55): This featurette accomplishes a goal the movie couldn’t: showing the hardships of war in Africa. 8 different people discuss different stories concerning the war, and what effect it has had on them and their families. I wish there were subtitles though, because I couldn’t understand many of them.
Interactive Map of Africa: A blasé map of Nigeria, separated into 11 spots that give some information about each, as well as some background. Don’t rely on DVDs to teach you history... Read the newspaper instead.
We also get 5 Previews. Hooray!