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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Angelina Jolie
Clive Owen
Linus Roache
Teri Polo
Linus Roache.
Directors
Martin Campbell.
Screenwriters
Caspian Tredwell-Owen
Caspian Tredwell-Owen.
Running Time
127 minutes

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Beyond Borders
Part thriller, part love story and part plea for global relief work


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Plot
A romance develops between earnest relief worker Nick Callahan and Sarah a well-meaning rich girl.


Review
As swarthy relief worker Nick Callahan (Owen) bursts into a charity event and confronts the revellers with one of the starving children they are using as an excuse for their merriment, director Martin Campbell sets a political opening tone... and then smothers it with a sappy love story of Barbara Cartland proportions.

Jolie is adequate as rich girl Sarah, whose desire to make the world a better place seems like a distraction from school runs and dinner parties, but her character is self-important and plays up to none of the actress' sparky strengths. A controlled Owen fares better in what is essentially a sketchy do-gooder role, but the central romance between Sarah and the perma-glum Nick is so under-cooked that the finale, designed to induce tears, instead incites cheers.


Verdict
An empty, if sporadically entertaining, experience.


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