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The Guardian
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02.14.2007 By: Sturdy
The Guardian order
Director:
Andrew Davis

Actors:
Kevin Costner
Ashton Kutcher
Sela Ward

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A cocky, young Coast Guard recruit makes his way through rescue swimming school where he meets up with an older, wiser swimmer. In training, they form a bond that will last the rest of their lives.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE GUARDIAN is one of those films that makes its way to the theaters and most people donít even realize it. I guess Kevin Costnerís star has fallen too far for Touchstone to put any effort into marketing his films. Thatís a shame too, because this film was fun to watch, even if it the story was a little worn out.

It doesnít take a movie buff to figure out whatís going to happen in this movie from one scene to the next. In fact, if youíve seen a lot of military/action films, chances are good you could even guess some of the dialogue. THE GUARDIAN does itís job by showing us some good training scenes and at least trying to develop the characters. Unfortunately, Iíve seen this story at least a dozen times and although I enjoyed watching it, I canít say it was anything too special.

Somewhere along the line, Ashton Kutcher must have pissed off the media because he constantly gets slammed for not being a good actor. Personally, I think he does a fine job here and gives the character everything it calls for. Heís a charming dude and more roles like this should get his rising star back on track. Kevin turns in another old-guy-on-the-edge-of-retirement role that heís been doing for the past 20 years.

The movie itself was very average. The acting, directing and story were all pretty typical for this type of film. Whether or not you like the film is going to depend on your feelings about Kevin and Ashton. If you donít like them now, chances are good youíre not going to like them after you watch this movie
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Andrew Davis and Ron L. Brinkerhoff: I really wanted to hear from Kevin or Ashton and get their input into the film process. Itís always a bad scene when the two speakers start out reading lines. They donít admit to it, but itís clear Ron at least is reading some of his lines on note cards. Andrew does a decent job of keeping the commentary rolling.

Deleted scenes (7:03): These are some good deleted scenes. I enjoyed all of them and every one of them furthered the film and the characters. Theyíre definitely worth the time and should be worthwhile to fans of the film. Also, we finally get to learn what happens to the phantom blonde cadet.

Alternate Ending (3:07): Usually, an alternate ending is very similar to the ending already in the film, but this one was completely different. In fact, it changes the film altogether. I didnít like it as much, but itís nice to know itís there.

Unsung Heroes (5:37): Five minutes isnít enough time to do justice to the heroes of the Coast Guard, but this was a nice tribute to them. Itís a nice but quick look at the real Coast Guard heroes and what they do.

Making Waves (11:07): Thereís a lot of movie footage in the here, but the problem I had was that they all seemed to take themselves too seriously. Theyíre not making a documentary here. Itís a decent look at the film, but thereís a lot of fluff.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I think everyone in the United States Coast Guard will watch and like this film, but Iím not sure itís going to have too many other die-hard fans. I thought it was a good ride and would recommend it to anyone wanting an entertaining military/action film.
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