Owen Gleiberman
March 21, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Tears of the Sun

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
118 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/07/03
performer
Monica Bellucci, Bruce Willis, Malick Bowens, Fionnula Flanagan, Cole Hauser, Nick Chinlund, Paul Francis, Tom Skerritt, Eamonn Walker
director
Antoine Fuqua
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Patrick Cirillo, Alex Lasker
genre
Drama, War, ActionAdventure

We gave it an B-

In this military-rescue thriller set in the jungles of Nigeria, Bruce Willis, as a Navy SEAL, boasts a shaved head, an electronic earpiece, and an air of detached efficiency that combine to make him look a bit like GloboCop. Assigned to extract an American volunteer (Monica Bellucci) from the crisis zone, Willis leads a ragtag group of African refugees in an escape from Marxist rebels. Director Antoine Fuqua mimics the tangled forest mayhem of Vietnam films like ”Platoon,” but there’s not much distinction here between terror and kinesis — between the hell of war and the kick of war.

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