Film / Savior

"Hope is worth fighting for."

A 1998 film about the Bosnian war, starring Dennis Quaid as Joshua "Guy" Rose, a U.S. Marine turned mercenary and Nataša Ninković as Vera, the woman he is escorting to a U.N. safe zone.

Stationed in Paris on embassy guard duty, Josh witnesses the death of his wife (Nastassja Kinski) and son by Muslim suicide bombers. Immediately after the funeral of his wife and son, Joshua storms into the nearest mosque and guns down the worshipers inside. His buddy Peter (Stellan Skarsgĺrd) catches up to him just in time to shoot a survivor who was going to shoot Joshua. To avoid being prosecuted for murder, Joshua and Peter run off to join the French Foreign Legion. After getting bored with the Foreign Legion, Guy and Pete become mercenaries and end up working for the Serbs in the Bosnian War. During a prisoner exchange, Guy encounters Vera and saves her and her child soon afterward.

He becomes her only hope for survival.

She becomes his only hope for redemption.


This film provides examples of:

  • Die Laughing: Goran laughs at Guy's reprimands and weapon aimed at him. He swings his own gun around, but not fast enough.
  • Drop the Hammer: In the scene at the beach, the marauders' brute uses a huge hammer to deliver the killing blow to Vera.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Almost happens when Guy puts his hand over the baby's mouth to keep her noise from giving away their position.
  • Leave No Survivors: The whole point of ethnic cleansing.
  • Living MacGuffin: Guy makes it his personal mission to keep the baby safe at all costs.
  • Meaningful Funeral: Subverted, as Joshua storms off as soon as the ceremony is done to get revenge.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Peter is his loyal buddy.
    • A rose is a flower of great meaning, given to signify love or mourning.
    • Josh changes his name to "Guy", becoming an "anonymous everyman".
    • Vera is a common name in Slavic nations meaning "faith".
  • No One Gets Left Behind: The Foreign Legion stressed this point. Later, we see Guy snipe several Bosnian troops who venture out to retrieve their fallen comrades.
  • No Woman's Land: Systematic rape of captured women
  • Not So Different: Goran brags that he and other Serbs rape captured Bosnian women. Guy points out that the Bosnians do the same to captured Serbian women.
  • Obligatory War Crime Scene: Goran hacking off a Bosnian woman's finger to steal her ring, and leaving her to bleed to death.
  • Plunder: Goran chopping a ring off a dying woman's finger
  • Post-Rape Taunt: When Goran is boasting to Guy about raping a young Bosnian woman, she curses at him. He purposely mistranslates for Guy, saying, "You know what she said? She said I was the best she ever had!"

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