The Guardian (2006)



Critic Consensus: The Coast Guard gets its chance for a heroic movie tribute, but The Guardian does it no justice, borrowing cliche after cliche from other (and better) military branch movies.

Movie Info

A decorated Coast Guard search and rescue specialist still haunted by the death of his teammates during a disastrous mission off the coast of Alaska is charged with the task of training the next generation of Coast Guard rescue swimmers in director Andrew Davis' ocean-bound adventure drama. Ben Randall (Kevin Costner) was the best swimmer of his graduating class, but upon surfacing as the sole survivor of an Alaskan rescue mission attempted during a Category Three storm, his outlook on life has … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of action/peril, brief strong language and some sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Ron L. Brinkerhoff, Kelsie Kullman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 23, 2007
Box Office: $55.0M
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as Ben Randall

as Jake Fischer

as Helen Randall

as Emily Thomas

as Capt. Frank Larson

as Capt. William Hadley

as Carl Billings

as Wild Bill

as Jack Skinner

as Benjamin Reyes

as Ken Weatherly

as Billy Hodge

as Maggie McGlone

as Co-Pilot Wakefield

as Pilot Mitchell

as Co-Pilot Antunez

as Julian Zankich

as Ops Commander

as Mitcheltree

as Mover No. 1

as Doctor No. 1

as Doctor No. 2

as Swimmer Nelson

as John Hall

as Johnell Lewis

as Executive Officer

as Cate Lindsey

as John Hall

as Nick Zingaro

as Danny Doran

as Mitch Lyons

as Benny Patrida

as Travis Finely

as Matt Stokes

as Matthew Bunch

as Tanica Treadwell

as Paul Metz

as Tilky Flint

as Megan Hyde

as Scott Reeves

as Jacob Pavich

as Austin Vogel

as Mark Colby

as Damon Bennett

as Roger Cable

as Pilot Victim

as Damon Bennett

as Ops Commander

as Wickham

as Co-Pilot Krauss

as Ops Tech

as Swimmer Nelson

as Robert Watson

as Manny

as Guitar

as Trumpet

as Bartender

as Huge Navy Guy

as Navy Captain

as Brandon Molale

as Eric Norris

as Drowing Woman

as Husband

as Sea Captain

as Young Crewman

as Tony Snegoff

as Cave Victim #1

as Cave Victim #2

as Victim's Aunt

as Victim's Mother

as Fishing Boat Captain

as Fisherman#1

as Fisherman #3

as Survivor

as Yoshio Iizuka
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Critic Reviews for The Guardian

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (43)

There's nothing particularly wrong with it, it's just very tedious. Originality doesn't seem to be important and maybe it doesn't have to be as The Guardian is dealing with something true but what that something is the filmmakers seem to know.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

"The Guardian" is a pro-military propaganda movie from Hollywood that attempts to mask its agenda behind the life-saving rhetoric of Coast Guard rescue swimmers.

Full Review… | April 25, 2009

There is a breadth of quality about the acting, including a fine performance from Sela Ward as Ben's estranged wife - making a lot more of her role than her meagre scripting suggests.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Eye for Film

Overly bloated action drama that is predictable and drawn out.

Full Review… | September 16, 2007
Calgary Movies

Will definitely rescue some moviegoers from the post-summer doldrums, but someone should have told Davis that there's going to be casualities if he leaves audiences in the water that long.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

The Guardian isn't as boring as Annapolis and SWAT, but it's still a feature-length training montage about kids learning the importance of taking it to the limit.

| March 15, 2007
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Audience Reviews for The Guardian

It was a long film but I felt they didn't really show anything. There was no strong story line here, just two characters who have been through bad times trying to come out of it. It was very predictable and I just did not care what happened to them. It was sad thinking of what they had been through but there's not much here to care about.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

A stirring, exciting, thrilling and exhilarating movie. A spectacular and edge of your seat action-packed drama. Great rescue/action sequences that are just plain gripping. It's a remarkable, riveting and satisfying film. Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Costner deliver powerful and awesome performances. Brilliant, sure-fire, high-octane entertainment. An amazing non-stop joyride. A pure explosive, pulse-pounding and relentlessly exciting thrill-machine. A truly great film. It's Top Gun for a new generation.

Al S

Super Reviewer


Andrew Davis was a solid director in the early 90's with Under Siege and The Fugitive, clearly doesn't have the steam or cream anymore. Would have been better with different lead actors. Can't stop thinking about Waterworld or Dances with Wolves when I look at Costner, and Kutcher is fumblin' bumblin' biatch.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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