When lives are on the line, sacrifice everything.
In an effort to find his place in life, a troubled young man enlists in the Coast Guard, where he's taken in by a renowned rescue swimmer who's hardened by the loss of his team from an accident years back. Unfortunately for the pair the past is about to re-incarnate itself...
Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Andrew Davis and writer Ron L. Brinkerhoff: Randall And Skinner Square Off trt 1:45.10 / Jake And Emily At The Laundromat trt 1:58.21 / Lindsey Is Reassigned trt 1:23.14 / Jake Visits Emily At School trt 1:49.04
Audio commentary with Director Andrew Davis and Writer Ron L. Brinkerhoff
Unsung Heroes: So Others May Live
Alternate ending with introduction from Andrew Davis
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`Sometime, You Will Have To Decide, Who Lives and Who Dies¿
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 04/01/2010 11:26:51
This gripping story revolves around the duties and rescue attempts of the United States Coastguards. Based in Kodiak in Alaska, Senior Chief Petty Officer Ben Randall (Kevin Costner) is a tough seasoned hardened veteran in sea rescues with many saved lives accredited to his long service. But after an unpleasant incident where a number of his team are killed, alongside a failing marriage, he decides to quit the service. His CO Captain William Hadley (Clancy Brown) a friend of long standing offers Ben a training job in Florida, developing raw recruits into strong swimmers and worthy rescuers for the future. He reluctantly agrees to take the job and starts with the Coastguards. Having gathered a background of a respected hero, often placing himself in harms way, rescuing stranded people in sinking private craft and fishing boats, he has earned a reputation throughout the service as one of the most prolific rescuers.
As newly fledged recruits appear at the school, Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher) a high school swimming champion, with a deep rooted problem from the past, starts to develop as a promising prospect, breaking records at the training school at an alarming rate. This makes Jake an arrogant and conceited member amongst the pupils, causing Ben to knock him down a few pegs in his training and overconfident approach. Their training teaches them to deal with hypothermia, disorientation, and exhaustion, whilst dealing with panic-stricken people who are totally dependent on the rescuer for survival. Their education also highlights that sometimes you can't save everyone, so you have to make the harsh decision of who lives and who dies, despondently that decision has to be made in a split second.
Eventually, after many confrontations between Jake and Ben, they become close friends sharing a personal background of grief together for those, which they were not able to save. Jake eventually graduates from the school, and both men are stationed back on duty in Alaska, where a violent storm is gathering, which is routinely followed by numerous pleas for rescue attempts. Both the leading roles of Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher spark off good chemistry together. Ashton Kutcher has a lot more talent than individuals give him credit for. The Guardian is a film well worth watching and an excellent spotlight and exposure for the United States Coastguards Service.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 27/01/2008 01:06:20
This movie is one of the best movies ever made. Kevin Coster is back to his best in this film, and once again Ashton Kutcher follows on from the Butterfly Effect (another 5 star film) and shows that he can really act when required. Absolute must buy, one of the best movies in the last decade
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One to rent
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 08/12/2007 09:03:38
The best way to describe this movie----Top Gun but on water and a lot less action. The reason I say rent this movie on Blu Ray and not purchase it with your hard earned cash is basically Blu Ray quality of this movie is inadequate and not worth spending the extra on the Blu-Ray disc.
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I'm a rescue swimmer at heart
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 27/06/2007 22:44:55
Anyone who's read a perfect Storm will recall the staggering passage detailing the physical resilience necessary to be a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer, those Herculean types who leap into broiling oceans to save poor souls from sinking. Technically speaking, you need to be hard as a girder. If this action-bonding movie, pitching Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher along the worn trail from mutual friction to doggone respect, doesn't convince you of one thing, it's how tough these maniacs are. Our two would be whimpering in seconds.
What we are actually dealing with is a po-faced remake of Bull Durham, swapping fizzy baseball philosophy for clunky man-of-the-sea aphorisms: "Hope don't float!" Drowning people apart, it's pure sports movie, with Costner's gruff coach knocking Kutcher's wannabe into shape before realising, deep beneath their thick skins, they have soggy neuroses in common. And, as Team America espoused, what they need is a montage. Actually, a montage of montages.
Andrew Davis, once so rigorous with The Fugitive, directs with a limp hand, eliciting neither the primal forces of a storm-swept ocean ¿ the actors are evidently bobbing about in a tank ¿ nor the true nature of sacrifice. While much is made of the terrible arbitrariness of choosing who to save, the rash duo spend the last 15 minutes rescuing each other.
The same watchable but weary tripe about what it takes to become an American hero, as unconvincingly applied to rescue swimmers.
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Top Gun meets Perfect storm.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 12/05/2007 23:33:27
A fairly predictable type of film but is fairly stunning to look at especially in hi def. Some of the effects are tremendous and Kutcher plays the likeable rogue in this sturdy action film. A decent popcorn chomping film!
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 02/05/2007 20:25:23
The guardian bring the picture from the screen and into every day situations with the US coast guards with the funny action and sad movie this is the best film I have ever seen. A definate buy.
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