Tears Of The Sun

After a West African president's family is assassinated and civil unrest is rampant, a top secret team is deployed to the far reaches of the jungle to rescue a U.S. doctor who is acting as a missionary. She insists the U.S. forces rescue all of her charges. As a result, the group falls under rebel attacks when it is revealed that the son of the deposed West African president is among those bein..
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Antoine Fuqua
Bruce WillisMonica BellucciCole Hauser
ActionMilitary and War
English [CC]
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Tom Skerritt
Michael LobellArnold RifkinIan Bryce
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Jeremy L. DubrulReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsNot your typical Action nor War film
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This is an action/ war film that has more heart to it. It isn't a "rock 'em, sock 'em, shoot 'em up". It's done with more finesse and actual character development.

This is also not a "fun movie". At times, it is quite brutal in the narrative. If you are expecting quotable one-liners and a wise-cracking Bruce Willis, you are going to be very dissatisfied as well as disappointed. Nothing light nor humorous here.

This is a dark, well crafted film where you can almost taste the salt from the sweat and your gut gets wrenched from the brutality. It's an excellent movie from Antoine Fuqua and has held up well over the years.

Since I first wrote this review in 2018, I also have now purchased it in 2021. This movie, at least TRIES, to have some heart and I dig it.
20 people found this helpful
Jon A. YamamotoReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsSuperb!
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Great action! One of my favorite Bruce Willis movies. Tears shows sensitivity in a very difficult situation. Monica Bellucci gives a wonderful performance. Bellucci is well known for her performances in French Cinema and was refreshing casting choice. I will watch this film again.
15 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsTypical Hollywood story about Africa
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A US SEAL team is tasked with extracting a doctor after a coup in Nigeria. The problem arises when the doctor demands that her staff and all her patients be evacuated with her.

The movie immediately gets into trouble because only a Hollywood writer would come up with some of this stuff. First, the SEAL commander Bruce Willis gets mighty white and decides he’s going to save all the patients rather than just bring out the doctor. Then there are two helicopters to rescue people but only one of them can hold people. Only rarely do the Nigerian characters get to talk, etc.

Given all this it’s a complete shock that Antoine Fuqua directed it and let them get away with this stuff.
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GrantReviewed in the United States on July 3, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsA great film and good story!
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Good SEAL team! Bruce was acting so well together with his sub-ordinates in the film. A human side of film was exhibited. Great film to watch.
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Randy PReviewed in the United States on July 11, 2018
4.0 out of 5 starsIntense must see movie.
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WOW! Incredible movie. I don't usually watch war movies but this sounded good so I gave it a shot and it was AMAZING. It was brutal and gut wrenching at times and kept me on the edge of my seat. Even though it's been around for a while if you haven't seen this move, watch it. It portrays the atrocities that ethnic cleansing brings, and what happens when a band of soldiers witness this first hand, and feel compelled to defy orders and do the right thing by attempting to rescue a group of refugees.
5 people found this helpful
D. BiddleReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsIt is a pretty powerful movie
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It is a pretty powerful movie. I couldn't help but see a cloud of fantasy hover over certain major elements of the story but it was a good fantasy - a fantasy where regular men can do something purely noble and selfless in the face of such horror and uncompromising violence. It makes me shake my head in disbelief at the political rhetoric in our country knowing that such savagery going on in the rest of the world is commonly ignored.
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Eva SandReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsNever More True than Today
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TotS always brings tears to my eyes by the end of the film, with just how excellent the story unfolds in their desperate attempts to outrun the inevitable for these African souls. Unfortunately, no-one really cares about Africa and on many occasions I have lost friends and relationship opportunities even bringing up the major genocides and civil wars in Africa in conversations. I, on the other hand, caring a great deal about this serious problem, am glad to lose These friends and relationship opportunities of those so ignorant as to not know anything about the slaughter, not caring about it, or just wanting to not hear about it, and I am glad to make them feel uncomfortable regarding their bliss. This film is excellent in every way, and it brings up Many questions about duty, honor, integrity, and Why they are even there in the first place. Should they let these people die? Is it their problem? Is doing the right thing the same as getting the job done? Often, the ambiguity of their struggles is what defines their future meaning, and ultimately I think they showed something truly powerful in this struggle for relevance in an apathetic world of indifference.
Random ReviewsReviewed in the United States on July 3, 2014
5.0 out of 5 starsWorth Watching
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I've seen this movie three times now, and it's a favorite. Not because of the subject-matter because that itself is horrifying, but because of the underlying message. Did they 100% accurately portray military tactics and decisions--I'm not knowledgeable enough to comment on that. I do know I watched it with someone who's served two tours and he said that with the exception of a few things, they were fairly accurate for a Hollywood movie. Did they accurately portray the conflict in Nigeria? I know a little of what goes on in those countries because of friends who do work over there, but I also know that some of it has been exaggerated . . . at least in part for present day.
I believe they were trying to convey conflict that has and does exist in many countries around the world. It's not a movie meant to be "loved" or even to be in awe of.

There's a lot of internal conflict for the characters, and that is one of the most important aspects of the movie. The message is clear, powerful, and obvious, and that is the point. As for the superficial stuff, all of the actors are excellent in their roles, the photography is beautiful, the drama is powerful. It's Hollywood, so they're going to take some liberties, and that should be expected. There aren't overdone special effects that make no sense (sure, they're going to make things go boom). If you watch this movie with those things in mind, you just might be able to understand what they were trying to do (aside from just creating an action flick). It's not for the faint of heart or the overly critical, but in my opinion, it's worth watching.
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