Tears of the Sun

Tears of the Sun

Antoine Fuqua (2003)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Bruce Willis is up to his neck in mud and bullets in this passable action thriller, playing the gruff, tough leader of an elite marine squad that's sent into civil war-torn Nigeria to extricate a prominent mission worker (Monica Bellucci). But Willis's mission is complicated when Bellucci decides to bring half the neighbourhood back with her, against the wishes of the uppity local militia. Cue two hours of bullets, blood and bombast. The story certainly isn't painted in shades of grey: things are either black (locals, largely bad) or white (Americans, largely good), and the gung-ho, hyper-patriotic finale confirms yet again that, in the minds of US film-makers, nothing succeeds like excess.


A veteran lieutenant leads an elite Navy Seal team on an undercover mission to evacuate a doctor from crisis-torn Nigeria. However, the brutality of the conflict prompts the rescuers to disobey orders and intervene to save the lives of helpless refugees. Action drama, starring Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Cole Hauser and Eamonn Walker.

Cast & Crew

Lt AK Waters Bruce Willis
Dr Lena Kendricks Monica Bellucci
James `Red' Atkins Cole Hauser
Ellis `Zee' Pettigrew Eamonn Walker
Kelly Lake Johnny Messner
Michael `Slo' Slowenski Nick Chinlund
Danny `Doc' Kelly Paul Francis
Capt Bill Rhodes Tom Skerritt
Demetrius `Silk' Owens Charles Ingram
Col Idris Sadick Malick Bowens
Director Antoine Fuqua
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Nudity, edited for some of its language and violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray