“There might come a time when you have to decide who lives and who dies.”

Synopsis: A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard’s “A” School, where legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall teaches him some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice.

At the film’s opening a description of a legend told by those lost at sea, a presence known as the Guardian, pushed them to the water’s surface until help arrives.

Ben Randall (Kevin Costner) a legendary hero, is the instructor at the Coast Guard AST training school. There he meets a hotshot candidate, Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher), who is determined to take down Randall’s record. However, Randall is not impressed by Jake’s swimming record or his attitude. But as the class dwindles down, Jake is found to be dedicated and sincere. They are also bound by a common denominator—both are the only survivors of fatal accidents. And this guilt from that survival fueled their passion to be lifesavers.

At graduation, Jake proves to be a leader. And on one mission he is sent to rescue the crew on a sinking crawler and he becomes trapped in the ship. When his helicopter is forced to return to base; Ben goes to personally rescue Jake and is able to free him from the hull. But as they are winched up towards the helicopter their weight causes the cable to unravel. Will they make it to the helicopter in time? You will just have to watch the movie to find out.

The Guardian takes you into a world you’ve never seen. The up-close and personal world of the U.S. Coast Guards. The script writer’s description of Ben Randall gives you an understanding of his strict methodical teaching. Jake’s budding romantic relationship is woven within the basic storyline. Costner and Kutcher play their parts well and complement each other in their respective roles. The entire cast works in concert within the storylines. The direction and cinematography keep the story’s narrative, well-paced and intriguing. This film is demonstrative in its display of responsibility, mentorship, discipline, and teamwork.

The Guardian was originally released in 2006 is 2hrs 19 min and is rated PG-13.

We give The Guardian

Rating: 5 out of 5.

It is always so rewarding to walk away from a film that leaves you with some very important life lessons. (Caution: There is the use of alcohol and some violence.)

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