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Catch a Fire [DVD] [2006]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1 out of 1)

    Special Features


    • Audio commentary with director Phillip Noyce and cast
    • Deleted scenes

    Synopsis


    Catch a Fire
    An apolitical South African oil-refinery worker and soccer coach is forced into terrorism as a means of fighting back against the brutality of the apartheid regime in director Phillip Noyce's dramatic look at the life of one-time political prisoner and freedom fighter Patrick Chamusso. In the 1980s, Patrick (Derek Luke) and his wife Precious (Bonnie Henna) lived a peaceful life until one fateful day, when on an overnight trip with his team, Patrick is singled out as the prime suspect in a bombing at the refinery. Placed in solitary confinement, with his wife and family brutalized by government agent Nic Vos (Tim Robbins), the young family man is eventually cleared of charges, but his life is in shambles. Devastated and distraught, Patrick soon begins working as a rebel fighter and political operative for Nelson Mandela's African National Congress. As the oppressed country's powerful apartheid regime continues to torture and torment its citizens, the now-radicalized Patrick must disappear from his family without a trace and go undercover if he is to aid in toppling the system that destroyed his family, and forever changed his outlook on the world. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Tim Robbins
      Tim Robbins - Nic Vos
    • Derek Luke
      Derek Luke - Patrick Chamusso
    • Bonnie Henna
      Bonnie Henna - Precious Chamusso
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      Tumisho K. Masha - Obadi
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      Terry Pheto - Miriam



    Customer rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Memories of S. Africa...

      Posted
      mscbl3

      I watched this movie some time after it came out in theaters and on dvd but I must say it was well worth the wait. I traveled to South Africa the summer before the movie was released so it was a welcome surprise traveling there again through film. Likewise, to listen to the characters speak Zulu was also great! That was the purpose of my travels to South Africa. Nevertheless, I think what I enjoyed about the movie was that it was not so Hollywood that it lost its historical relevance. Derek Luke was very good in it and seems to be on track to have a great acting career following Antwone Fisher. I even think that it was worthy of at least a Golden Globe or Oscar nod. And also, the movie chronicled an expanse of time that you were unaware of which also allowed the movie to move fluidly while not being encumbered by showing day-to-day occurrences but rather historic moment-to-historic moment ones. The only down side to the film and it is not really a down side is that Tim Robbins continues playing kind of dark characters. He is good in the movie though Luke definitively takes the center due to his role and acting but after Mystic River, Robbins has played another dark role. Outside of that, and again Robbins was good, I enjoyed the film and I think it definitely showcases works in patience and forgiveness while remaining under and further subjugating oppression.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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