From Andrew Davis, the director of the
classic “The Fugitive,” and starring Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher and a cast of veteran and
breakout stars, comes THE GUARDIAN, a riveting,white-knuckle story of hard-core courage and selflesssacrifice set inside the never-before-seen world of
Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers—a special breed of
men and women who risk their lives against the biggest storms and most monstrous waves in service
to the motto: “So that others may live!” Previously seen by most Americans only as the unsung, daredevil
heroes who saved thousands in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s deadly floods, the lives and teamwork of
Rescue Swimmers come to the fore in this heart-stopping adventure.
As THE GUARDIAN begins, legendary Rescue Swimmer Ben Randall (COSTNER) becomes the
sole survivor of a deadly crash at the height of a massive storm. In the wake of the accident, he is sent
against his will to teach at “A” School—the elite
training program that turns arrogant young recruits into the best and bravest of Rescue Swimmers.
Reeling with grief and regret, Ben throws himself into teaching the only way he knows how, turning
the entire program upside down with his
unconventional, out-of-the-box training methods.
But Ben understands exactly what’s at stake—he knows that his students will one day have to make
tough decisions between who dies and who lives. When he knocks heads with the cocky swimming
champ, Jake Fischer (KUTCHER), Ben sees someone with what it takes to be the best of the best—if
only he can combine his raw talent with the heart and dedication necessary and avoid the mistakes that
Ben himself has made. Heading out on his first treacherous mission to the fierce, turbulent waters of
Alaska’s Bering Sea, Jake will have to put all that he’s learned into action as he discovers just what it
means to truly risk everything.
The film was created with the Coast Guard’s full cooperation, utilizing true-life rescue heroes as
advisors and as part of the cast. In a production that was itself constantly battling weather and the
elements—and which was designed around a massive, innovative wave tank that simulated the wild,
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION rolling waves of the open ocean—THE GUARDIAN
provides some of the most viscerally realistic scenes of water rescue yet seen on film.
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