Beyond Borders

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

Sarah Jordan (Angelina Jolie) is a sheltered American socialite living in London and looking for meaning in her life in this drama. While shes attending an elegant fundraising dinner, an eccentric medical doctor, Nick Callahan (Clive Owen), barges in with a poor, little boy and rebukes the crowd for their hypocrisy and extravagance. Sarah is convicted by the mans speech and decides to do something about it. She buys three truckloads of food and supplies with her savings and personally takes it to drought-torn Ethiopia. She finds it to be worse than she imagined thousands dying of starvation and the country full of corruption. Despite the fact that she has a husband and a son, she finds herself strongly attracted to Dr. Callahan. And so begins her journey with a relief organization on dangerous adventures to many countries.

If youre looking for a feel-good movie, this isnt it. This one is filled with disturbing scenes not meant for the squeamish. Children suffer with malnutrition as buzzards wait nearby for death to arrive. Surgery is performed without anesthesia. In one war scene, a baby plays with a live grenade. The violence is used only to show the decadence and corruption in these countries. Beyond Borders raises a question: Is it okay to do evil (carrying weapons in food trucks) in order to accomplish good (feeding the hungry)? This film contrasts our great wealth with the desperately poor in much of the world and may motivate some to do something about it. Due to the disturbing elements and violence as well as some very bad language, Preview cannot recommend Beyond Borders. The film does however have some merit and may help shape your worldview and increase your appreciation of our blessings in the U.S.

Preview Reviewer: Alan Boyer
Paramount Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (3) times (hell 2, damn 1)

Obscene Language: Many (42) times (F-word 27, S-word 11, SOB 1, other 3)

Profanity: Few (2) times (OMG 1, J 1)

Violence: Many times (people trying to get food off of trucks are hit in face with gun butt, several scenes of war bombardment, people being shot with automatic weapons, people stabbed with knives, baby given a live grenade and inadvertently pulls pin)

Sex: Brief scene of lovemaking with characters shown from the rear or under covers

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Brief scene mentioned above

Drugs: Cigarette smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages

Other: Situational ethics lying and cheating are suggested to be okay if good comes out of it

Running Time: 127 minutes.
Intended Audience: Adults

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