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Running Time:
127 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language and war-related violence

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Good intentions don't overcome the flimsy love story and there's hardly any any chemistry between its stars - Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Commentary by director Martin Campbell and producer Lloyd Phillips; Behind the Lines: The Making of Beyond Borders, Part 1; Behind the Lines: The Making of Beyond Borders, Part 2; The Writing of Beyond Borders: A Conversation With Screenwriter Caspian Tredwell-Owen; Angelina: Goodwill Ambassador.

Beyond Borders
Jolie and Owen star in this disjointed love story that takes them through three different countries over a 10-year period. The very long film opens at a posh black-tie fundraiser, with Sarah (Jolie) dancing with her new husband and having a wonderful time until Nick (Owen) crashes the party to accuse the organization of cutting off his funding. Sarah realizes the superficiality of supporting relief efforts with fancy parties, so she takes all her money out her bank account to buy food and deliver it to Nick's camp in Ethiopia. He alternately patronizes and ignores her, but he is touched by her dedication to one child that she is caring for. Four years later, Sarah is is seen working full-time for the UN, in Cambodia, when she runs into Nick again. He is running a camp for the victims of the Khmer Rouge. And then they meet again in Chechnya. The invented romance does a real disservice to what the film is attempting to do; which is to demonstrate the extraordinary commitment and achievements of the real-life relief workers. Director Martin Campbell is much more comfortable with the action sequences than with the romantic story he seems to be focusing on. He has both miscast and misdirected the film which never rings true, no matter how many genuine problems it examines. As the camera focuses in on fly infested children dying of malnutrition, you'll shake your head at the contrived love story, and the sight of Jolie wearing a series of shapely outfits and perfect make-up in one war-ravaged country after another seems absolutely ludicrous.

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