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A romantic tale set across many years which centers around medical student who thinks he has found his calling as an international disaster relief worker--until he gets sidetracked by a philanthropic socialite who is entrenched in a troubled marriage. The two keep inadvertently meeting up, and soon develop a special relationship, against the ever-changing backdrops of disasters and wars.

Although the premise of this Martin Campbell flick is honorable and uplifting enough it just becomes a sad piece of irony. The whole movie is based on the unfortunate people/children in third world countries who are in dire need of vaccination and food. But in the movie the Western world isn't interested in supporting these offshoot relief programs. The ironic part is most box office patrons won't care much about this movie either. Following a similar plotline to Tears of the Sun (another box office flop) this Angelina Jolie thriller fails to garner an audience due to its reliance on getting sympathy for its setting and plotline.

The only unfortunate part of this movie is that it cost nearly 35 million to make. Personally I feel the actual feeding of people in these desolate nations would have been more productive. The movie is filled with clichés but fails to go beyond them and/or tell riveting story. For one Angelina Jolie plays the overly grateful wife who is sick of her life and is searching for a sense of purpose. Secondly love story was so mundane that you just have to laugh it off. 

The acting is decent, but the characters, dialogue, and plot is not up to par. The movie is reminiscent of Bad Company starring Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins. The premise was tolerable, but in the end you just felt that the actors were much better than the material presented in the film.

See this movie if you're a fan of:

Tears of the Sun (2003)

I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

Angelina Jolie (Actress, Tomb Raider, Pushing Tin, Original Sin)

Martin Campbell (Director, Vertical Limit, Beyond Borders, Mask of Zorro, Goldeneye)


Box Office Info:

Angelina Jolie (as Sarah Jordan)
Clive Owen (as Nick Callahan)
Linus Roache (as Henry Bauford)
Teri Polo (as Charlotte)
Yorick van Wageningen (as Jan Steiger)

Directed By: Martin Campbell
Written By: Caspian Tredwell-Owen
Produced By: Paramount

Release Date (US): October 24, 2003

Length of Movie: 2h 7min

MPAA Rating: R for language and war-related violence

Filming Locations: Kenya, Quebec (Canada), England

Budget: $35,000,000

Opening Weekend: $2,000,000

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