Gerardo Helguero of Glendale is a computer technician.
Martin Campbell’s “Beyond Borders” plays out like a dry lecture on
refugee aid with a feeble love story straining to move the action
The refugees, as depicted in this film, are often little more than
thousands of silhouettes, walking statistics, not human beings at all
-- precisely the soulless perception the film wants to protest.
Angelina Jolie’s character, Sarah, is a naive but earnest woman who
gives time and money to relief efforts in a famine-stricken desert in
Ethiopia and the war-torn jungles of Cambodia.
In the process, she falls in love with a determined doctor (Clive
Owen), but his idealism makes the pressing needs of the people he
serves take precedence over their personal relationship.
In a moment of vulnerability that feels unconvincing, the thick-
skinned doctor confesses to Sarah that he would rather not say the
names of the people he meets because that acknowledgment becomes too
painful when they are taken from him.
Unfortunately, not one refugee’s name is memorable because they
are, inadvert- ently one would hope, treated as props and not fully
developed characters. This film’s storytelling techniques should also
fall into oblivion.
* “Beyond Borders” is rated R for language and war-related