The Guardian

(USA, 2006, 138 minutes)

After losing his crew in an accident, a veteran Coast Guard rescue swimmer is reassigned as an instructor to rescue training school, where he singles out a particularly promising candidate. Old-fashioned recruiting poster heroics with a dash of An Officer and a Gentleman and an underground current of melancholy that, along with the handsome, dynamic handling and a sterling performance from a rebounding Kevin Costner, raises it into expert action melodrama, despite a letdown ending. Technical credits impeccable.

Touchstone Pictures and Beacon Pictures present a Contrafilm/Firm Films production. Starring Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Neal McDonough, Melissa Sagemiller, Brian Geraghty, Clancy Brown; and Sela Ward. Directed by Andrew Davis; produced by Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson; written by Ron L. Brinkerhoff; music by Trevor Rabin; director of photography, Stephen St. John; production designer, Maher Ahmad; costume designer, Mark Peterson; film editors, Dennis Virkler and Thomas J. Nordberg; visual effects supervisor, William Mesa.


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