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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Far Beyond Western Borders

By Jessica Sottosanti
Gazette Writer


Beyond Borders

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Clive Owen
Directed by: Martin Campbell

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OH MAN, NOW I’M ALL WET... Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen get cozy in Beyond Borders.

Beyond Borders depicts a place that exists beyond the borders of the Western world - a place where pain is bearable, life is uncertain and hope is all one has to hold onto.

Directed by Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro, Goldeneye, Vertical Limit), Borders is a heartfelt drama that breaks away from the superficiality of Hollywood cinema and forces society to take a look at the real world.

Jolie stars as Sarah Gordan, a sheltered American living in London. She is a typical wife and mother whose life is quickly about to change. When she meets a young doctor, Nick (Owen), she is moved by his humanitarian efforts in war-torn nations. Compelled by his plea for help, Sarah heads to Africa in what is only the beginning of an unpredictable and dangerous journey. It's also the beginning of a romance between Sarah and Nick.

Beyond Borders is successful in its attempt to reveal the reality of misfortune in our world. Set in Ethiopia, Cambodia and Chechnya, the film highlights the poverty and hunger existing in these war-torn nations.

Borders presents a successful comparison between the unfortunate realities of death, hunger, poverty and crime in the Third World and the fortunate, sheltered and promising lifestyle that defines Western civilization. The comparison becomes blatant when Nick brings an African boy to a London convention in an effort to open people's eyes to the tragedies in certain parts of the world. In a rather satiric way, Nick forces these individuals to question their own lives and view the injustices of the world in light of their own indulgences. This compelling scene causes viewers to call into question and reflect upon their own lives as well.

Jolie's moving performance reveals the importance of hope and the redeeming power of personal sacrifice. Her romance with Owen adds a lighthearted dimension, preventing the viewer from being overpowered by the harsh realities presented throughout the film.

Overall, Beyond Borders is a no-holds-barred film providing a candid and poignant glimpse into the lives of individuals who have only hope to keep them alive.



Do you think Angelina Jolie is hot? Great, so do we! Aside from Beyond Borders, you can also check out her royal hotness in the following flicks. They ain't all classics, but hey - that's not her fault!

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
Life or Something Like It (2002)
Original Sin (2001)
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
The Bone Collector (1999)
Pushing Tin (1999)
Playing by Heart (1998)
Hell's Kitchen (1998)
Playing God (1997)
Mojave Moon (1996)
Foxfire (1996)
Love Is All There Is (1996)
Without Evidence (1995)
Hackers (1995)
Alice & Viril (1993)
Angela & Viril (1993)
Cyborg 2 (1993)
Lookin' to Get Out (1982)

 

 

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