Picks and Pans Review: The Guardian

updated 10/09/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/09/2006 01:00AM

Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher
ACTION

Take bits of Top Gun, An Officer and a Gentleman, G.I. Jane and every other military training movie of the past couple of decades, douse 'em in salt water, toss in rubber flippers and you've got The Guardian. This standard-issue action film glorifies the Coast Guard's Rescue Swimmers, an elite unit whose members dive into the freezing drink to save folks who've gone overboard. Here Kutcher plays a brash trainee and Costner's the dedicated vet who must give his student a sense of mission and tradition. The scenes of watery rescues are exciting and the stars are in great shape, but this derivative hokum boasts more brine than brains. (PG-13)

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