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DVD Review: “The Guardian”

(Touchstone Home Entertainment. 2007. Color. Widescreen. 1 disc. 139 minutes. Rated PG-13. Directed by Andrew Davis.) Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Neal McDonough, Melissa Sagemiller, Clancy Brown, Sela Ward. Music by Trevor Rabin.

Costner plays the grizzled veteran who turns to teaching after losing his crew in an accident at sea. Kutcher is the brash young upstart with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Throughout Kutcher’s training and eventual graduation from the Coast Guard’s A-School, the two discover that they’re not so different, and teach each other a bit about love, courage and self-sacrifice. Sounds cliched, right? Yeah, it sure is. It’s also pretty slow, lasts about 30 minutes longer than it needs to and occasionally dips into sappiness. But despite all that, The Guardian provides a fairly entertaining look into an under-represented group of heroes. The action is pretty intense, even if it made it seem like every rescue happens in a hurricane, and the performances fell together well enough. Kutcher was somewhat surprising in his role, although with his appearance at the beginning, I’m shocked they didn’t just call him Maverick. Special features include deleted scenes (entertaining), an alternate ending (blah), a commentary track from the writer and the director, and featurettes about the making of the movie (the giant wave pool they made was pretty neat) and a tribute to the real Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers. Not bad overall, but I’d wait for the rental. Oh, wait…

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A UH alum, Jared Counts was hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, bouncing between departments until being hired full-time as a web developer in February 2007. He currently manages the front- and back-end of this website (including the WordPress plugin that runs this staff directory), as well as...

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