Netflix is getting an oft-overlooked Bruce Willis action flick in September. September 1 The sun’s Teardrops arrives on the streaming service, leading many action fans to remember the film directed by Antoine Fuqua. The Nigerian government is in shambles and the African nation is on the brink of civil war.
Willis plays Lieutenant AK Waters, who has been tasked with leading a team of soldiers in the jungle to save Dr. Lena Kendricks, played by Monica Bellucci. After Waters and his team locate Kendricks, they must help him save his patients from death at the hands of the insurgents. The team anger the United States and Nigeria as they attempt to save so many refugees from brutal deaths.
The film is only 33% on Rotten Tomatoes and only earned $ 43 million at the 2003 box office. The film was Fuqua’s sequel to the much-loved Training day. Despite some negative reviews, Fuqua made the film with one goal: to expose the atrocities inflicted on Africans.
“The opportunity to expose some of the events and atrocities taking place in Africa … also, an opportunity to shed light on special forces … the guys who go to these places and face these situations” , Fuqua explained in an interview with NPR on The sun’s Teardrops. However, he wanted to set the record straight on the fact that The sun’s Teardrops was often misinterpreted. “It’s misinterpreted as a pro-war film,” he explained. “It’s really about man’s inhumanity to man… it’s really the simple point of the story, is to try to help… I’m not trying to say to one way or another that we should go to war. “
The film contains extremely brutal violence, but Fuqua believes it is just beginning to cover the real violence that Nigerian citizens have faced over the years. “I don’t think it could have been brutal enough, actually,” said Fuqua. “The things that inspired me were much more horrible.” However, he admitted that “I think I got it.