Tears of the Sun

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Tears of the Sun
Tears of the Sun sends a clear and concise message to the world, urging everyone who represents good in this world to fight against evil. The film relays a life lesson on morality and expresses that no matter what happens, to stand up for what is right. The title is explained in the movie by one of Lt. Waters’ remarks. At the beginning of the movie, the African people are thanking him for helping them and he mumbles, “God has already left Africa.” This dire proclamation highlights the theme of the movie – individuals must take action to support what is right even if they stand alone and consequences are severe. The man vs. man conflict in the movie is between Lt. Waters and Dr. Lena Kendricks. Lt. Waters and his team set out to rescue Dr. Lena Kendricks, an American doctor, and also to extract the mission priest and two nuns. Lena refuses to leave without her people, and Lt. Waters knows that it is not possible to take all 70 refugees. He tricks her into believing that everyone can be saved, but when the helicopter arrives, the seals force Lena onboard leaving the refugees for dead. Lena also does not trust Lt. Waters with information as to why the group is being followed by the rebels. She endangers the entire unit and jeopardizes the mission by not being honest. The two battle in their opinions but eventually see eye to eye. The man vs. self conflict represented in the movie is Lt. Waters’ struggle with his own actions. After leaving the refugees to die, they pass over the mission, which has already been attacked. The lieutenant has a change of heart and turns the helicopter around to go back for the refugees. He loads as many refugees into the helicopter as possible and decides to lead those remaining to the Cameroon boarder. After setting out on their trek, they come across rebel soldiers torturing and destroying an entire village. Once again going against instructions, Lt. Waters orders his men to take down the rebels....
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