Beyond Borders Reviews

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June 5, 2015
Beyond Borders is a disappointing film. It is about the turbulent romance between two star-crossed lovers. Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen give terrible performances. The script is badly written. Martin Campbell did a horrible job directing this movie. I was not impressed with this motion picture.
December 24, 2014
All my adult internationa English students have loved this film for years! Awesome!
½ December 12, 2014
A good movie to watch. I think the main reason I love this movie is because this is the start of when she became interested in humanitarian work, and it's cool to see how someone's work can reflect onto their personal life.
October 6, 2014
The end after Jolie gets blowed up.....favorite part of an unlikable film.
½ September 21, 2014
It starts with a gripping scene that aims to grab viewers' attention. Unfortunately, as Callahan (Clive Owen) went to save the world, with Sarah (Angelina Jolie) who suffers from unhappy marriage trailing closely behind, those "malnourished kids" and "war-stricken villagers" serve as nothing more than a huge décor in a white-privilege stale romance story. If you're here for the action and romance, this movie "Beyond Borders" is not too bad. However, if you're here for a well-thought original story, don't waste your time.
Cameron W. Johnson
Super Reviewer
½ September 17, 2014
Fear not, foreigners trapped in horrible social and political turmoil, because Angelina Jolie is here to save you, as always! I love how this role of a humanitarian was essentially made for Jolie, and she still got a Razzie nod. I'm sure the Razzie people who just try and find something to pan were the only ones who saw this film, because, wow, this film bombed for a Martin Campbell flick. I can understand why the man did "The Legend of Zorro" right after this, because he need to get his money back, although I don't feel too sorry for him, because he just had to have known that a sequel that features Zorro taking his swashbuckling adventures across the border into America was a stupid idea. Actually, the ultimate Mexican border like that sounds a good bit more interesting than this film, which isn't to say that there isn't something rather intriguing about how this being some kind of a fantasy for Jolie. Star-crossed lovers try to save each other and victims of warfare in a dangerous, foreign land... starring Clive Owen as Brad Pitt, right? I guess Owen doesn't have that kind of star power, because, yeah, this film didn't make much money, and while I am that one guy who thinks that it is decent, I can kind of see places where this film turned people off.

Trite in as many ways as it can be, this film is rich with clichéd dialogue that often falls incredibly flat, much like thin spots in the characterization that ends up supplementing melodramatics, namely those from a romantic angle that does not really gel with the rest of this drama. The focus of the film jars between humanitarianism and hopelessly histrionic romance, and that's awkward enough with it corrupting thematic consistency in storytelling that at least maintains consistency in manipulation. Caspian Tredwell-Owen's script utilizes contrived set and dialogue pieces to supplement a portrait on suffering, while Martin Campbell's direction delivers on overblown plays on score work and atmosphere to beget sentimentality which cheesily dilutes genuineness. The film is nothing if not manipulative, but less in a frustrating way, and more in an ambitious way which reflects this film's good intentions, betrayed by overblown storytelling that tries so desperately to salvage juice from its subject matter than the limitations of the subject matter itself go stressed. This is a story concept whose value can be emphasized as easily as it shortcomings can be, because through all of the themes on warfare and social turmoil is a somewhat simple study on people going from conflicting country to conflicting country to simply help the suffering, and outside of the romantic angles, there's not much meat on the bones of this narrative beyond that, and if there is, then the film takes itself to get to it. The film is too long, and it doesn't have the scope to justify its length that it could have had, superficialized by clichés, inconsistencies and contrivances that wear the final product down as very underwhelming, at best. Still, I don't find the final product to be quite as great of a misfire as many say it is, for as misguided as it is, it does have a gifted team whose talent can be muted for only so long.

For all of its flat spots, Philip Meheux's cinematography has more than a few ruggedly handsome areas in its complimenting the bleak grit of corrupted environments that are built with remarkable convincingness and, of course, captivating sweep. This film has the potential and, in a few ways, the aspirations to be an epic, for although the plot is a touch thin in its happenings, its scale is commendable, and that does play a solid factor in the importance of this film's story concept. Although the film is a whole lot of nothing but helping, when it doesn't jar into a whole bunch of romantic melodrama and other such nonsense, humanitarian themes are worwhile, and they often do go into establishing a sound sense of conflict and consequence into a histrionic and superficial, but still promising story concept. Caspian Tredwell-Owen's script is consistently flimsy in how it handles promising subject matter, but Martin Campbell, as director, has his moments, delivering on subtle stylization and a solid sense of scope in order to immerse you into the distinct environments of this pseudo-epic, until finding realization in his celebration of James Horner's overblown, but solid score, which is either thoroughly sentimental, or genuine enough to resonate, particularly with a surprisingly engrossing final act. If Campbell does nothing else, he manages to keep up solid entertainment value through smooth pacing and an endearing atmosphere, and that should be enough to challenge mediocrity in between the dramatic highlights that are largely guided, not by Campbell, but by a talented cast. When used, Noah Emmerich plays Noah Emmerich, and is therefore very charming and relatable, but this is mostly Clive Owens' and Angelina Jolie's show, and although the two leads aren't able to keep up all that much chemistry with the thin dramatic writing, both deliver on genuine, sometimes powerful emotional range that is more than what this film deserves. There are times - especially when the plot thickens - in which Jolie and Owen carry the film, being capable enough leads to further emphasize the potential that is being portrayed by all of the misguided storytelling, which has enough highlights to secure the final product's decency, no matter how firmly challenged.

Bottom line, clichés are almost as recurrent as superficialities, in thin characterization, trite melodramatics and contrivances which join an excessive length and inconsistencies in emphasizing what natural shortcomings there is to worthy story that is done much injustice, yet is done enough justice by handsome cinematography, sweeping visuals, lively and sometimes resonant direction, and strong performances by Clive Owen and Angelina Jolie for Martin Campbell's "Beyond Borders" to stand as a decent, if flimsy romantic drama and tribute to humanitarianism.

2.5/5 - Fair
August 26, 2014
A very beautiful movie, makes you open your eyes to a lot of stuff you're not aware of.
December 11, 2011
Clive Owen was overacted, Angelina is ok
March 31, 2014
If anyone says that this movie trivializes human suffering... they've completely missed the point. regardless of a romantic entanglement going on, the depiction of humanity in this film is emotional and powerful. i would like to ask the critics who bashed this movie, what exactly they're doing for society or how they're raising awareness themselves :)
February 17, 2014
Could have been a decent movie if there were no lead characters.
January 2, 2014
A beautifully shot film sets in Africa. It's a romantic film but since Angelina Jolie is in it it's already much more interesting to watch.
May 16, 2013
Sarah Jordan (Angelina Jolie) is a sheltered American socialite living in London. When she meets Nick Callahan (Clive Owen) a renegade doctor, his commitment to humanitarian efforts in war-torn nations moves her deeply. Driven by her passion for Nick and his life's work, Sarah risks everything to embark on a perilous journey that leads to the volatile far corners of the earth.

also stars Teri Polo, Linus Roache, Yorick Van Wageningen, Noah Emmerich, Kate Ashfield, Jamie Bartlett and Timothy West.

directed by Martin Campbell.
October 21, 2013
Tear your heart out and stomp on it a few times and then you may be in a place to start watching this movie. Passionately filmed portraying the worst that you want to see in a famine area. Strongly scripted and filmed with effective sound brings the horror to your mind and what is left of your heart. Nibbles: Tut tut, fast and give the money to a food charity.
January 22, 2011
Beyond Borders means well, but its treatment of the humanitarian projects as the framework for a love story is self-righteous and manipulative.
½ September 8, 2013
Jolie still knows how to carry its character and her partner (Owen)... The movie knows how to handle its genre and it also knows how to manage what will the great ending will be...
July 6, 2013
It was exactly what I thought it would be from beginning to end.
½ May 13, 2013
This movie gets half a star for clive owen and not much else.
April 17, 2013
i like the brave and hot UN girl Sarah (Angelina Jolie) and the brave, romantic, charismatic, n unpredictable dr. Nick (Clive Owen). i don't like to serve volatile plcs that few people have traveled and even fewer have survived. but wow, Sarah n Nick were so passionate to serve others in any circumstances.
½ February 10, 2013
"Perhaps we are all refugees from something, but I see now there is nothing to fear, that the world we hold onto, the lives we cherish, are a part of something greater, something more."
½ February 28, 2013
jolie died that's new! Clive's hot
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