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The Guardian February 1, 2007

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.

At first I didn’t even want to watch the trailer of this film but after some positive reviews from critics, I finally watched it. And they were right. Though it fits into a genre, it isn’t as formulaic as I thought it would be.

Kevin Costner, plays an aging rescue swimmer in the Coast Guard, who takes up a position as a trainer for promising rescue swimmers. Here he meets a young swimmer with great physical potential, played by Ashton Kutcher, who has a past that he cannot let go of. Costner helps train Kutcher to develop the mental aptitude to become the best rescue swimmer since himself.

Ron L. Brinkerhoff wrote this film directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, Collateral Damage, Holes) and he needs to be appreciated for selecting this backdrop. Davis does a good job with the rescue sequences in the film. In the acting department, Costner is good. I’m not a big fan of Kutcher’s acting in non-comic roles and therefore expected nothing from him but he isn’t bad.

The best part of the film is the depiction of the helicopter rescue swimmers and the rescue operations. This is a tough non-glamorous occupation that is hazardous but never gets enough publicity in the media. I’d never thought about the existence of these people and I’m sure that is the case with a lot of folks. That is the primary reason why this movie appealed to me. This isn’t a great film but it makes a decent watch. Check it out if the premise appeals to you.



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