Becky and I went to see The Guardian on opening night a couple of weeks ago at the Colorado Cinemas Movie theater in Castle Rock, Colorado. The theater was packed to see Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher in this new film about the Coast Guard. The Fandango website at The Guardian describes the movie as follows:
“After losing his crew in a fatal crash, legendary Rescue Swimmer Ben Randall is sent to teach at “A” School, an elite training program for Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers. Wrestling with the loss of his crew members, he throws himself into teaching. While there, he encounters a young, cocky swim champ, Jake Fischer, who is driven to be the best. During training, Randall helps mold Jake’s character, combining his raw talent with the heart and dedication required of a Rescue Swimmer. Upon graduation, Jake follows Randall to Alaska where they face the inherent dangers of the Bering Sea. In his initial solo rescue, Jake learns firsthand from Randall the true meaning of heroism and sacrifice.”
The Guardian is the first film that we’ve seen about the United States Coast Guard, which was pretty cool for a change. It reminded me of a remake of an Officer and a Gentlemen, only with a guy in the Coast Guard instead of the Navy and with Ashton Kutcher instead of a young Richard Gere. If you’ve seen that movie or Top Gun or even the movie GI Jane with Demi Moore than you’ve already seen
There really isn’t anything new with The Guardian that hasn’t been done before, including a romance with a local girl who doesn’t want to get involved with a guy in basic training. However, it’s the Coast Guard and that’s new, plus the story is pretty exciting because of the dangerous situations that the characters find themselves in, which kept the attention of the audience.
I think it would have been better with Josh Hartnett as the lead
character instead of Ashton Kutcher. Ashton wasn’t very believable as a serious character in this movie for me, but Kevin Costner saved the day and made the movie worth the trip.
John – *** Worth The Trip
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
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