Beyond Borders What's so funny about babes, love, and refugee camps? Not much, especially when the story's wrapped around the sultry Angelina Jolie and "Gosford Park"'s hunky… Beyond Borders What's so funny about babes, love, and refugee camps? Not much, especially when the story's wrapped around the sultry Angelina Jolie and "Gosford Park"'s hunky…
Movie on DVD Review

Beyond Borders (2004)

Angelina Jolie, Beyond Borders | NO RAIN, NO GAIN Jolie roughs it for her art
NO RAIN, NO GAIN Jolie roughs it for her art
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 23, 2004; DVD Release Date: Mar 23, 2004; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Romance, War; With: Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen

What's so funny about babes, love, and refugee camps? Not much, especially when the story's wrapped around the sultry Angelina Jolie and ''Gosford Park'''s hunky Clive Owen (the British George Clooney), obsessively driven to aid the dispossessed and obsessively passionate about each other in Beyond Borders.

Director Martin Campbell's adventure-romance came under critical attack during its theatrical release for using the refugee crisis as a love-story backdrop. Sure, the crisp white skirt that Jolie's privileged housewife wears to Ethiopia doesn't get dirty, Owen's doctor becomes a gunrunner, and complex politics are glossed over. A soapy actioner with a solid cast, exotic landscapes, and palpable human suffering, ''Borders'' is a guilty pleasure -- with a conscience -- and possibly the best advertisement the Peace Corps never bought.

EXTRAS Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, appreciated the film's authenticity, according to the director-producer commentary. And behind-the-scenes docs reveal African tribespeople, working as ''Borders'' extras, breaking into song between takes.

Originally posted Mar 23, 2004 Published in issue #757 Mar 26, 2004 Order article reprints
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