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Tears of the Sun (Director's Cut)
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06.07.2005 By: Quigles
Tears of the Sun (Director's Cut) order
Director:
Antoine Fuqua

Actors:
Bruce Willis
Monica Bellucci
Cole Hauser

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A team of soldiers is sent out to obtain a doctor in the jungles of Nigeria, but she refuses to go without her villagers, even though the soldiers wont allow them to come along, so she throws a bitch fit, which forces the team to let her take them, but then the soldiers double-cross her, only to have the lieutenant grow a heart and go back for the villagers, and then they have to trek through enemy grounds, which leads them to... ok, forget it; If you care that much, just watch the movie.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When you break it down, this movie is nothing more than an action/drama, with layers upon layers of sentiment and over dramatized “horrors”. The drama aspect of the movie (practically the entire first hour) is not nearly as deep or compelling as it should be in order to get your emotions flowing, which the film so painstakingly tries to do. In effect, the entire build-up feels pointless, because aside from the exceedingly straightforward rescue-mission plot, the characters aren’t developed enough to actually make you care all that much for them. The only character that is more than paper-thin is Bruce Willis, whose development is quiet, but extremely well portrayed. Still, Willis alone doesn’t have the ability to carry the movie on his shoulders, let alone an extra 25 minutes. And to think, I thought the theatrical release was a little too long.

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 EXTRAS
As if it wasn’t bad enough that the extended footage from this DVD was simply the deleted scenes from the previous DVD, we also get a giant cut-back on special features.

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!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Not only is the extended footage from this release included on the original DVD, but this one also has much less special features. The movie is okay, but c’mon, why even consider buying this? If you are at all interested, stick with the original; be sure to rent first though.
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