We just watched this movie, and we think it was worth watching.
From the Netflix DVD protective sleeve:
Appointed to teach at an elite Coast Guard school, legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall (played by Kevin Costner) is compelled to skillfully train and inspire cocky upstart Jake Fisher (played by Aston Kutcher). Applying unorthodox coaching methods, Ben helps the young hotshot build his strength and character in this powerful tale of courage and endurance of the human spirit from director Andrew Davis.
Rated PG-13 139 Minutes 2006
I will not attempt to be a movie critic; but observed:
The plot is somewhat along the lines of An Officer And A Gentleman, in that the main characters of the respective movies are in naval military training, and both have off-duty personal love affairs / side issues to contend with, while the main instructor cadre push the trainees to extreme limits of physical endurance and mental breaking points.
Having rented the DVD, it contains additional features, about the making of the movie:
* The training the actors went through, actor Aston Kutcher started training 8 months prior to shooting the film, with a comment by a USCG expert, "He is capable of being a rescue swimmer".
* The technical detail and accuracy the director wanted to achieve. The producers hiring USCG (retired) consultants, and consulting with active duty USCG staff and rescue swimmers.
* The film set being built in New Orleans, holding 750,000 gallons of water, with 3 wave making devices, about 80% complete, and as Hurricane Katrina was approaching, dismatled it, moved it to Shreveport LA, and reconstructed it.
The movie does provide a perspective of what the Coast Guard does, the training they endure, and extreme situations they deal with as routine.
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