If you’re in the Coast Guard or enjoy watching rescue swimmers fight stormy seas to save people, you’ll definitely want to see The Guardian. Based in Kodiak, Alaska, Ben Randall (Kevin Costner) is the most decorated rescue swimmer in the Coast Guard. Although Ben is over forty years old and in great physical shape, he begins to have second thoughts about his job when all the members of his team are killed during a dangerous rescue. (I guess most rescue missions are dangerous.) He realizes, however, that being a rescue swimmer is an honorable job (just like a blind movie critic) and retiring is not an option, so the base commander reassigns Ben to the lackluster job of training rescue swimmers. One of the new recruits is Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher) a cocky award winning swimmer whose only goal is to break all of Ben’s records. Before the end of the training cycle, the recruits – especially Jake – realize that if they really hope to save lives they have to learn to work as a team. (Unlike the job of a blind movie critic where it’s every man for himself.) This film isn’t just a good action adventure, it’s also character oriented. Kutcher’s performance was noteworthy, but Costner was amazing showing both the strengths and frailties of a rescue swimmer. It has just the right amount of action mixed with drama and emotion. I recommend you take the whole family to see this movie. (I even took my Rat Terrier to the theater as my seeing eye dog. Did you know dogs love popcorn?) The film’s a little long at almost two and one half hours but the time passed quickly and I’m giving it a B rating.
This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.