After losing his crew in a fatal crash, legendary Rescue Swimmer, Ben Randall (KEVIN COSTNER), is sent to teach at "A"¯ School, an elite training program for Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers. Wrestling with the loss of his crew members, he throws himself into teaching, turning the program upside down with his unorthodox training methods.
While there, he encounters a young, cocky swim champ, Jake Fischer (ASHTON KUTCHER), who is driven to be the best. During training, Randall helps mold Jakeā€™s character, combining his raw talent with the heart and dedication required of a Rescue Swimmer.
Upon graduation, Jake follows Randall to Kodiak, Alaska, where they face the inherent dangers of the Bering Sea. In his initial solo rescue, Jake learns firsthand from Randall, the true meaning of heroism and sacrifice, echoing the Swimmer's motto... "¯So Others May Live!"
If it were one of those clever little turn off your cell phone commercials that airs before the real movie, The Guardian would be a work of genius. Except it's not. The Guardian is the real movie, and the trailer plays as if it's someone sad, horrible idea of a parody. It's unlikely the movie will be much better. Perhaps now would be a good time to close the book on Ashton Kutcher's movie career.
MPAA Rating: [ PG-13 ]
Distributor: Touchstone Pictures/Beacon Pictures
Release Date: September 29, 2006
Starring: Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Neal McDonough, Melissa Sagemiller, Clancy Brown, Brian Geraghty, Sela Ward
Directed by: Andrew Davis
Produced by: Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson
Written by: Ron L. Brinkerhoff
if you're excited for The Guardian