The Guardian


The Guardian

Ε Readable in genre, but you could probably do better.  

The men and women of the US Coast Guard do a difficult job for little pay or glory; a job that is long past due to be recognized in film. Sadly, this film only deepens the debt. This movie is a cruise ship of cliché characters crashing up against the iceberg of Kevin Costner‘s ego – a disaster so horrible that even the Coast Guard cannot save it. For one thing, the movie cannot decide what it wants to be. Most of the film is a rehash of every military training flick you’ve seen (albeit with a Coast Guard twist), and yet the main character is not the wise cracking cadet, but the haggard old Senior Chief tasked with training them. Only, he’s not haggard and old, he’s Kevin Costner and he’s superhuman… what’s more, we know that right from the get-go. The movie begins from his point-of-view, and so we already know he is a hero, so the discovery of this by the cadet has no impact. What is more, much of the film is about KC‘s struggle to change the training techniques, and yet there is a line in there (clearly from an earlier draft of the script) that notes that the success of the Coast Guard is due to the uniformity of their training. Que que? Other than incongruise elements like this, the entire film is incredibly predictable – you’ve seen it before, believe me.


About Thomas Evans

I'm a writer of mysteries, espionage, and speculative fiction. In my previous incarnation I was an archaeologist specializing in gender and identity in Iron and Bronze Age Europe. Mostly, however, I was known for my works with the use of geomatics, multiscalular spatial analysis and landscape theory within archaeology.
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