Tear of the Sun: Everything you should know!
Tears of the Sun is a 2003 American action thriller film that depicts a US Navy SEAL team rescue mission in the midst of the civil war in Nigeria. Lt. A.K.
Waters (Bruce Willis) orders a team sent to rescue American citizen Dr. Lena Fiore Kendricks (Monica Bellucci) before the rebels arriving at her jungle hospital. The film was directed by Antoine Fuqua.
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Tear of the Sun Summary
In Nigerian post-colonial history, there was a civil war between the Nigerian military and a separatist sect. Geographically separatist where in the south-east, they also claimed the south-south region.
This newly formed country was called Biafra, and its slogan or motto was- Land of the Rising Sun. Its citizens where called the children of the sun. The setting of the film is in the south-south/south-east region of the country.
The Aa character who is reunited with her mother is named “Amaka”, which is an Igbo name. The title of the film “Maybe” may be related to Biafra’s motto as it portrays a battlefield area with civilians starving and suffering, literally crying.
Tear of the Sun Review
The story is based on a Canadian Joint Task Force Two mission that took place in Colombia. A former Commando member wrote the original story and suggested it when he met the production team of Executive Judgment on a set in Nevada.
This movie feels like a script written for John Wayne that someone eventually got to film 40. Years later without any sense that times have changed.
There are some good action sequences, but it’s full of clichés and acutes, shamelessly one-sided, has cheesy wooden dialogue, and a stoically predictable plot.
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Waters deflect American diplomatic policy going back to the Monroe Doctrine, and the point of the film seems to be that this is inexplicably a good thing and that it is the job of a Navy lieutenant to determine what our foreign policy is. and then just move it out.
There is no understanding of the complexity of American intervention in a tragic civil conflict and the consequences of its choice. Willis is not one of them.
His face soaked in camouflage and gleaming from the rain, his features shadowed as Marlon Brando in “Apocalypse Now,” he sounds like a dark violent spirit sent to save them from a hell, only to to move to another.
If we can fully understand how he does what he does, we’ll learn a lot about why some actors may play a role that destroys others. Casting directors should spend a lot of time thinking about this.