The GuardianDirector: Andrew Davis, Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Sela Ward
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A decorated Coast Guard search and rescue specialist still haunted by the death of his teammates during a disastrous mission off the coast of Alaska is charged with the task of training the next generation of Coast Guard rescue swimmers in director Andrew Davis' ocean-bound adventure drama. Ben Randall (Kevin Costner) was the best swimmer of his graduating class, but upon surfacing as the sole survivor of an Alaskan rescue mission attempted during a Category Three storm, his outlook on life has grown increasingly jaded. Now, as hotshot young swimmer Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher) arrives at Coast Guard rescue school looking to accomplish something meaningful with his life, he will be forced to endure the rigorous training methods of a man who expects nothing less than the very best in order to become a member of one of the most elite rescue squads on the planet.
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1. To the Rescue [9:07]
2. Welcome to "A" School [13:09]
3. Exceeding Expectations [10:34]
4. The Bet [10:49]
5. Waiting to Surface [11:26]
6. Broken Records [11:07]
7. Barroom Brawl [16:41]
8. Open Water [3:29]
9. The First Rescue [5:40]
10. Saying Goodbye [13:09]
11. Never Let Go [6:36]
12. End Credits [20:01]
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Randall & Skinner Square Off
Jake & Emily at the Laundromat
Lindsey Is Reassigned
Jake Visits Emily at School
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I liked this movie, but for some reason I kept expecting to see Tom Cruise pop in at any moment.
Ever wanted to see Ashton in a strong performance? Me too. You'll still be waiting after watching this stinker. The lack of character development makes his introduction in the film shocking, as he basically calls out Costner's character without even knowing where the heck he is. Costner is old and slow, looking to redeem himself ever since Waterworld. The film is also overly long, tricking you into several branches of storyline. Don't waste your time.
Some of the most compelling moments in this otherwise dated rehash of the troubled aging chance-taker in a military unit taking on the similar inner demons of a young recruit are the frames that depict the raging sea in middle of storms. The photography and superimposed action shots of rescues in the midst of nature's havoc are stunning to watch. The movie itself is well made by director Andrew Davis (Collateral Damage, The Fugitive, Under Siege, etc) and the actors selected to portray the one-dimensional roles as written by Ron L. Brinkerhoff carry the movie along. The problem, if it is one for the viewer, is that this story has been told so many times for every branch of the service industries (Navy, Marines, Army, Firefighters, Policemen) and now adds the US Coast Guard to the mix. The synopsis in a capsule is old tortured USCG rescue swimmer (Kevin Kostner) is a dedicated man who puts his job before his wife (Sela Ward) and loses his rescue swimmer's team in a disaster, placing him in nightmare torn state that the USCG recognizes and sends him off to be an instructor for the USCG where he encounters a brilliant young athlete recruit (Ashton Kutcher) with his own similar demons and the two work things out to the betterment of both. It is not a bad story, just a tired one. But as a movie it carries fairly well thanks to the scenes with the Sea - beautifully captured by cinematographer Stephen St. John with a lot of help from special effects chief Scott Fisher and visual effects chief Erika Abrams. Costner and Kutcher manage their assignments well as does the rest of the crew. This is a good diversionary movie - just no surprises to make it unique. Grady Harp
This movie should be Recommended because it is a great hero story.
It was a good story of teamwork and courage. It shows what the swimmers do in real life situations. Watch it with your girlfriend and she'll start crying like a little baby. I would've picked it Best Picture of 2006 at the Oscars.
The actors were absolutely thrilling. You could really feel the emotions they were feeling. Exceptional must see.
This movie was absolutely incredible. It held my interest throughout the entire film and I've watched it many times already and shown it to many of my friends who enjoyed it just as much. This movie is incredible, intense and a great action movie. The United States Coast Guard FINALLY gets the recognition they deserve. I come from a Coast Guard family and even if you don't know the littlest bit about the military this movie is just awesome.
This was a real tearjerker! I loved Kevin Costners character. I have a new found respect for the USCG! A must see, heck...a must have in your collection.
This is a great movie that not only has a great storyline, romance, comedy, and tragedy but is also very informative about the US Coast Guard. One question: Could Kevin Costner be any more of a STUD?! No, he couldn't! It's great because we all know someone like Ashton Kutcher's character- a know-it-all over-achiever with more than a touch of arrogance. Kevin Costner's character as the instructor is really inspiring. He's an honest man with a good heart who's passion is helping others. Does it get any better?
This movie didn't really surprise me at how good it was. It showed Ashton Kutcher could do serious roles as well. It's a very deep movie in which you can feel the characters and the emotions that run through it.