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-->Tears of the Sun ''is a film constructed out of rain, cinematography and the face of Bruce Willis. These materials are sufficient to build a film almost as good as if there had been a better screenplay.''
-->-'''Creator/RogerEbert'''

'''''Tears of the Sun''''' is an 2003 American war film, depicting a United States Navy SEAL team rescue mission amidst a civil war in the West African country of Nigeria. Lt. A.K. Waters (BruceWillis) commands the team sent to rescue U.S. citizen Dr. Lena Fiore Kendricks (Creator/MonicaBellucci) from the civil war en route to her jungle hospital.

Lt. A.K. Waters is a veteran Navy SEAL whose commander (has given his team a special assignment. A Central African nation is expected to explode into war at any moment, and Waters and his cohorts are to escort any American citizens in the area to safety, most notably Dr. Lena Kendricks, a doctor from the United States who has set up a clinic in the jungle. Waters and his men find Kendricks, but she refuses to leave with them unless she can bring along 70 refugees who have been left to her care. Kendricks makes it clear that if they are left behind, the refugees will face certain death, but Waters's C.O. insists he bring back Kendricks -- but not her patients. Forced by his conscience to disobey orders, Waters and his team race against time to escort the refugees to a border town where they will find safe haven before invading troops can ambush them.

It received a mixed critical reception, and is generally regarded by most critics as a workaday action movie with very little outstanding quality. Some disagree, however, and Creator/RogerEbert gave it three stars out of four, saying that is basically a very good and thoughtful war movie hidden inside a good and mindless war movie.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: The aftermath of the fight at the village.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: A beef many critics had with the film. Which is ironic since the last thing the US wanted to do, in the film, was to be officially and directly involved.
** Considering how omnipresent this trope is, it is baffling critics would single out such a subtle representation.
* BattleInTheRain: The Village incursion.
* BeingEvilSucks: Lt. A.K. Waters said that [[TearJerker he can't even remember the last time he did the right thing]].
* BilingualBonus: Dr. Kendricks cursing in Italian while arguing with Lt. Waters.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Kendricks, Azuka and many other refugees make it to Cameroon, along with Waters, Zee, Red and Doc, but many more died on the way, and Nigeria is still under the control of genocidal thugs.]]
* CatScare: or boar in this case.
* ChildSoldiers: One of the soldiers participating in the massacre at the village is one. Mohawk (who shot him) is deeply rattled.
* ChoosingDeath: The missionaries working with Dr. Hendricks refuse to abandon the sick and wounded in their field hospital, staying with them despite knowing full well that they will all be butchered once the rebels close in on the camp.
* CoolGuns: Let's see: [=M4A1, M249 SAW, M60E4, HK MK23=] and a Sig Sauer P226.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Navy [=SEALs=].
* EmpathicEnvironment: Played with. When they killed the priest at the refugee camp, the jungle animals react to it, and the soldiers do seem to notice the change in behavior.
-->'''Doc:''' "What the fuck was that?"
* {{Epigraph}}: ''All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.''
* FiveManBand: Way more than five actually.
** TheHero: LT
** TheLancer: Red
** TheBigGuy: Zee
** TheSmartGuy: Slo
** TheMedic: Doc
** TheChick: Kendricks
** TagAlongKid: Arthur
** SixthRanger: Mohawk, Silk, and Flea.
* FriendlySniper: Both "Flea" and "Silk" can be considered this. Despite using an M4 and M14 as their main weapons.
* GenreSavvy: The [=SEALs=] show signs of this. [[spoiler: After learning that the rebels were able to track them across the jungle at night, they quickly deduce that someone is transmitting their location. They then wonder ''why'' someone would bother to do this. After learning that there is in fact a mole, they demand to know why someone would care that much about a group of refugees.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: Played straight and averted, specially in the aftermath of the fight at the village, with the dying female villager.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Wait, was [[Film/DieHard John McClain]] just [[spoiler: betrayed by]] [[Series/{{Heroes}} the Haitian]]?
* HollywoodTactics: Played straight and averted from scene to scene. The [=SEALs=] do correctly (and ''instantly'') charge the ambush they get caught in, though.[[note]] American doctrine is to charge a close range ambush, the idea being to immediately get out of the killzone. For a long range ambush, American forces would attempt to break contact.[[/note]]
** Most prominently, in the final battle, the outnumbered [=SEALs=] are correctly performing the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_Peel center peel, Kiting retreating while performing suppressive fire]].
* HospitalHottie: Well, Dr. Kendricks is played by Creator/MonicaBellucci.
* ImprobableAge: Inverted. Someone as old as Waters should not be a Lieutenant, he should be in a command post or out of the service.
** If you assume he commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy at the max allowable age of 35 years old, then made Lieutenant after 4-5 years, he could still conceivably be a Lieutenant[[note]] [[CommonRanks A Navy lieutenant is equivalent to an Army captain in the US military[[/note]] at around Bruce Willis's age when the movie was made. This could imply that Waters was a prior-enlisted sailor who decided to commission later in his career.
** It is also not impossible that he was a Petty Officer or a Chief for many years, and transferred to OCS. Or he could be an immigrant who has joined the US military to gain citizenship, and thus had to serve 5 years as an enlisted man before he gained the US citizenship required to become an Officer.
* InfantImmortality: Averted. Twice.
* InstantDeathBullet: Averted. One fatally wounded soldier is able to run and fight for some time before he and his comrades realize. Another sequence has a soldier taking a sniper bullet through the shoulder and falling down. After a few tense seconds, it's revealed that he dropped down to avoid getting hit by another bullet (he was in tall grass), and after getting patched up, he picks up his gun and continues fighting. [[spoiler: He still dies, but takes a few more bullets to do so.]]
** In fact of the soldiers who do die, most are shot several times before doing so. The other may have only been hit once, in the stomach, but it took awhile for him to die. Most of the survivors have been shot as well.
* InsultBackfire: [[spoiler: Waters to Kendricks, after he finds out she's been withholding information all along.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Waters''': You knew about this? You knew all the time, and you didn't tell me.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Kendricks''': I didn't trust you... at the time.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Waters''': I wonder what it takes to earn your trust.]]
** [[spoiler:Should be noted that by that point, Waters has saved Kendrick's life, openly risked his career to take the refugees to the border and the life of the men under him, and engaged in unlawful combat to stop the massacre at a village.]]
* JustPlaneWrong: The F-18s are launched off the carrier in slick configuration (no suspended weapons or equipment); the next shot shows them with wing tanks; then they are shown with a full weapons load-out. -
*** In-flight ordnance crews armed the aircraft after take-off!
** Then they show the pilots using their [=HUDs=] to lock on to enemy combatants (which cannot be done even with the most sophisticated targeting systems)
** Then they show the planes firing their wingtip AIM-120 (air to air) missiles at the ground.
* KillItWithFire: F/A-18s dropping bombs on the rebels that were pursuing the team.
** At least one person was immolated in the village, as Zee discovers.
* LastOfHisKind: Played with. [[spoiler: Arthur Azuka, the surviving son of deposed Nigerian President Samuel Azuka, and also a de facto tribal leader, is amongst the refugees, and the main reason the whole party is being hunted in the first place.]]
* TheMedic: Both Dr. Kendricks and "Doc" Kelley, the squad's corpsman.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:One of the refugees. Granted, he was being blackmailed.]]
* MoreDakka: The Rebels.
* NotSoDifferent: Dialogue in the opening to the Director's Cut suggests that while the rebels are clearly monsters, President Azuka might not be that much better.
-->'''President Azuka:''' Children are innocent!
-->'''Terwase:''' Innocent? They are no more innocent than the thousands your army killed and displaced. Those thousands had brothers, sons. We have come back for justice.
-->'''President Azuka:''' You know nothing of justice.
-->'''Terwase:''' I remember ''your'' justice.
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Very cleverly and shockingly done when the team has to clear a village in which the enemy troops are massacring and raping the inhabitants. This is probably the goriest and yet best sequence in the film.
* OhCrap: The rebel colonel as he's about to be consumed by the fire.
* OutrunTheFireball: Inverted. When the F/A-18s are coming in for a bombing run the survivors have to scream for Red to hurry and make it out of the blast zone, as he won't be able to outrun the fireball.
* RapePillageAndBurn: A lot, from the Rebels. All of it is graphic and disgusting.
* RedemptionQuest: Lampshaded.
--> '''Zee''': For all the years that we were told to stand down and to stand by, you're doing the right thing.
--> '''L.T.''': For our sins.
--> '''Both''': Hooyah.
* RedHerringMole: [[spoiler: Arthur Azuka.]]
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Played with. [[spoiler: Turns out, they were easily being tracked thanks to a bug a refugee was carrying with him.]]
* SceneryPorn
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Originally, Waters and his squad were against helping the refugees, but after seeing the atrocities of the civil war, they decide to help the refugees get to a safe zone.
--> '''Zee''': Sir, the rules of engagement-\\
'''Waters''': We're already engaged.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Everyone after witnessing, and trying to stop the massacre at the village.
* ShownTheirWork: Both times Waters' squad uses smoke grenades for air support, the pilots state the color of the smoke which the team then confirms. This is done to make sure that air support doesn't respond to the wrong thing.
** Also, the way they perform the Center Peel is textbook.
* TheSquad: Waters' Navy [=SEAL=] Team.
* StockSoundEffects: The crying newborn sound effect, used for a 3-4 year old kid. [[SpecialEffectFailure Made even more jarring by having it start playing and the kid is not even opening its mouth]].
* StupidSacrifice: One of Waters' team gets killed trying to get a refugee to run because she's been hiding behind a log the entire fight. When he finally gets her to move she only makes it a few steps before getting shot.
* TooDumbToLive: Dr. Kendricks, she endangers the whole mission by willfully withholding information. She survives though.
* WhiteMansBurden: Only if you're really cynical, specially regarding the message of the movie, which was basically "Just be human and do the right thing if you have the power to do so", rather than [[AmericaSavesTheDay America having to shoulder responsibility for everyone around the world and save them from themselves]], which is what detractors of movie feel this was about.

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