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The guardian - Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Costner, Omari Hardwick, Andrew Davis

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

How do you decide who lives or dies?

In The perfect storm, one of the most exciting sequences was the failed attempts of the rescue swimmers trying to save the fishermen on the boat.

After losing his crew in a fatal crash, legendary Rescue Swimmer, Ben Randall (Kevin Costner), is sent to teach at "A" School, an elite training program for US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers. Wrestling with the loss of his crew members, he throws himself into teaching, turning the program upside down with his unorthodox training methods. While there, he encounters a young, cocky swim champ, Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher), who is driven to be the best. During training, Randall helps mould Jake's character, combining his raw talent with the heart and dedication required of a Rescue Swimmer. Upon graduation, Jake follows Randall to Kodiak, Alaska, where they face the inherent dangers of the Bering Sea. In his initial solo rescue, Jake learns first-hand from Randall, the true meaning of heroism and sacrifice, echoing the Swimmers' motto" So others may live!

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film adventure drama rescue crash swim teacher training sea character hero sacrifice Alaska

Persons of interest

  • Kevin Costner .... Ben Randall
  • Omari Hardwick .... Carl Billings
  • Ashton Kutcher .... Jake Cummings
  • Benny Ciaramello .... Perada
  • Shelby Fenner .... Cate Lindsey
  • Peter Gail .... Danny Doran
  • Damon Lipari .... Bennett
  • Brian Wade .... Mitch Lyons
  • Neal McDonough .... Skinner
  • Travis Willingham .... Finley
  • Ron L Brinkerhoff .... Screenwriter
  • James Vanderbilt .... Screenwriter
  • Andrew Davis .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

The Guardian is a bit obvious in its passing-of-the-torch theme but it's an interesting enough picture to watch when there's not much else on. The waves are mostly very good and the sea spray is improving. Also improving is the non-Hollywood ending.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English, English audio descriptive, Russian, Spanish
  • Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1)
  • Special features:
    • Deleted scenes: 4
    • Featurettes:
      • Alternative ending
      • The guardian: making waves
      • Unsung heroes: so others may live
  • Subtitles: Bulgarian, English, English captions, English closed captions, Estonian, Greek, Hebrew, Lativian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

Security censorship classification

M (Moderate themes, infrequent moderate coarse language)

Surveillance time

139 minutes (2:19 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 30 November 2006
DVD retail: 30 March 2007
Blu-ray retail: 18 April 2007

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