Stars: Bruce Willis, Cole Hauser, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker, Johnny Messner
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Rating: R (Restricted)
Runtime: 121 minutes
While it offers nothing new to the military action genre, Tears of the Sun distinguishes itself with fine acting, expert craftsmanship, and seriousness of purpose. Its familiar "extraction mission" plot is essentially similar to that of Black Hawk Down, involving a crack team of U.S. Special Ops commandos struggling to rescue innocent missionaries amidst the bloody horror of Nigerian ethnic cleansing. With Bruce Willis as their grizzled, no-nonsense commander, the skillful team enters a hot zone that gets even hotter when their "package"--an American national (Monica Bellucci) who runs the isolated mission--demands that 70 Nigerian villagers be included in the rescue. Willis's uneasy conscience leads him to defy orders and expand his mission, and in an ambitious follow up to Training Day, director Antoine Fuqua escalates tension and strike-force with considerable emotional impact. Originally considered as a potential entry in Willis's Die Hard series, and released on the eve of America's war with Iraq, Tears of the Sun admirably avoids jingoism with its rousing story of personal good vs. political evil. --Jeff Shannon
Lt. A.K. Waters:
Here's the deal: it's been strongly suggested that we turn over Arthur and abandon these refugees out here in the bush. I'll tell you right now: I'm not gonna do that. Can't do that. Broke my own rule - started to give a fuck. And brought you guys along with me. We're about to walk into some serious shit. Before we do, I just like to hear what you guys have to say about it. That's all. Speak freely.
My opinion, Sir: we cut our losses. This isn't our fuckin' war. As far as me being in or out, you know the answer to that.
Danny 'Doc' Kelley:
Let's get these people to safety. Let's finish the job.
Demetrius 'Silk' Owens:
I can't leave 'em, Sir.
Jason 'Flea' Mabry:
I'm good to go.
Lt. A.K. Waters:
What 'bout you, Red?
James 'Red' Atkins:
I can't look at 'em like packages anymore. I'm gonna get 'em out or I'm gonna die tryin'.