Reaching new depths

Kevin Costner takes command of `The Guardian,' and - surprise! - Ashton Kutcher holds his own

Review B+

September 29, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

The Guardian is that rarest of cinematic commodities: an action movie displaying brains and heart and the opportunity for its stars to do something more than keep the narrative flowing between explosions.

Perhaps that should come as no surprise, as it was directed by Andrew Davis, whose 1993 The Fugitive remains a high-water mark for modern action-adventure flicks. It's also one of the few in which the acting - especially Tommy Lee Jones' Oscar-winning turn as a no-nonsense U.S. marshal - was as lauded as the action.

The Guardian (Touchstone Pictures) Starring Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher. Directed by Andrew Davis. Rated PG-13. Time 136 minutes.

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