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The Guardian ''Our biggest challenge in this movie was making the water feel real,'' says director Andrew Davis in the commentary. If only they'd extended the same...The GuardianAction/Adventure, DramaPT139MPG-13 ''Our biggest challenge in this movie was making the water feel real,'' says director Andrew Davis in the commentary. If only they'd extended the same...2007-01-19John HeardSela WardJohn Heard, Sela WardTouchstone Pictures

The Guardian

Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama; Starring: Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, John Heard, Sela Ward; Director: Andrew Davis; Author: Ron L. Brinkerhoff; Release Date Wide: 09/29/2006; Runtime (in minutes): 139; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

”Our biggest challenge in this movie was making the water feel real,” says director Andrew Davis in the commentary. If only they’d extended the same courtesy to the trite characters and dialogue. The Guardian is still a watchable, if waterlogged, tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard, with a rugged authenticity, low-key Costner, and bearable Kutcher.
EXTRAS An alternate ending revives a key character from the dead; a making-of doc and tribute to the USCG prompt awe for both the feats of real-life rescue swimmers and the production’s 750,000-gallon wave tank.