Marc Bernardin
June 13, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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 a C

(Columbia TriStar) Holocaust movies can get away with mass generalizations about an oppressed people because we as a culture have come to acknowledge, if not understand, the horrors of such places as Auschwitz, Krakow, and Dachau. Not so with the varied and vicious unrest in many African nations. So, while watching the carefully orchestrated atrocities that director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) puts on the screen, the audience–denied any meaningful understanding of who the victims are and why they’re being ethnically cleansed–must remain detached. They also have no choice but to pay unearned attention to Willis’ conflicted Navy SEAL and the woman he must escort from the Nigerian war zone, a pretty white doctor played by Bellucci, who, as in The Matrix Reloaded, seems to have been cast solely for the way her bosom heaves.

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