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The Rum Diary [DVD] [2011]

  • SKU: 4724992
  • Release Date: 02/14/2012
  • Rating: R

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    78% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (14 out of 18)

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    The Rum Diary
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas star Johnny Depp returns to the wild world of Hunter S. Thompson in writer/director Bruce Robinson's adaptation of the Gonzo journalist's "lost" autobiographical novel of the same name. Dejected over life in New York City and at bitter odds with the Eisenhower-era conventions of the 1950s, nomadic journalist Paul Kemp (Depp) flees to Puerto Rico, where he quickly lands a job as a reporter for a San Juan newspaper. Drawing inspiration from author Ernest Hemingway's popular theory about "The Lost Generation," the newly liberated journalist develops a taste for rum as he becomes slowly entangled in the lives of American beauty Chenault (Amber Heard) and her shady husband, Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart), a wealthy real-estate developer. Later, as Sanderson's underhanded business dealings begin to emerge, Kemp's principles come into focus, and his writing style begins to mature in ways he never dreamed possible. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Johnny Depp
      Johnny Depp - Paul Kemp
    • Aaron Eckhart
      Aaron Eckhart - Sanderson
    • Michael Rispoli
      Michael Rispoli - Sala
    • Amber Heard
      Amber Heard - Chenault
    • Richard Jenkins
      Richard Jenkins - Lotterman

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    Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 18 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Inspired by Hunter - Brought to Life by Depp

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Whether you’ve enjoyed the book (written by a young Hunter S. Thompson) or are simply a Johnny Depp fan, you’re bound to enjoy this flick. Although not a direct adaptation, the film certainly keeps the spirit of the source material and Depp channels his inner Thompson (having played the Gonzo journalist once before in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”) to help bring the story to life. Depp plays Paul Kemp, an American journalist who moves to Puerto Rico to work for a dying Newspaper. Fueled by booze, and beautiful women, Kemp finds himself thrown into a world on the verge of revolution. He soon finds that greed, corruption, and commercialism have followed American businessman Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart) and his fiancée Chenault (Amber Heard) and he must decide between reaping the benefits of industry or preserving the nature of his new home. Director and screenplay writer Bruce Robinson (Withnail and I), perfectly captures the beauty and manic chaos of Puerto Rico while also allowing Depp to breathe life into a script that is naturaclly adapted from Thompson’s first novel. A few notes here; if you’re looking for one of Depp’s wacky or “unique” performances here, you won’t get it. Conversely, if you’re looking for the same type of drug-induced craziness Depp portrayed in Fear and Loathing then again, look elsewhere. Instead, what he provides is a realistic look into the motivations of a man who can’t be bought or intimidated and chooses to fight back with his words. With solid performances from co-stars Michael Rispoli, Richard Jenkins, and Giovanni Ribisi, “The Rum Diary” serves as both an entertaining story and a testament to tale first penned by Thompson in his youth.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Zany and stupid in a bad way

      • Top 100 ContributorTop 100 Contributor

      A reporter, ideally, is supposed to seek out and expose the truth. If you can’t find the truth or your superiors don’t it want it published, make it up. At least that’s the preferred method undertaken at The San Juan Star in this bizarre comedy based on the novel of same name. Paul Kemp (played in typically off-the-wall fashion by Johnny Depp) is a novelist whose greatest work of fiction was the resume which got him a job at the Puerto Rico periodical. Determined to show the real living conditions outside the beach houses and five-star resorts, Kemp (Depp) experiences and recounts tales of dive bars, cock fights, and poverty among the local population. It becomes clear to him that his employers were looking for something they can print in a brochure, as opposed to the facts. While trying to satisfy his employers, Kemp encounters a local businessman by the name of Sanderson (played by Aaron Eckhart) after a chance encounter with his much younger fiancée Chenault (played by Amber Heard). Sanderson has a proposition for Kemp and Chenault proves to herself to be intriguing, unsatisfied, and just out of Kemp’s reach. While the accent’s gone and the surroundings are meant to be gritty rather than supernatural, Paul Kemp is played here as though he’s Jack Sparrow in a suit and tie for most of the film. He’s perpetually inebriated and skates from one ‘dangerous’ situation to the next without as much as a scratch. And while the later portions of the film seem to build toward some dramatic confrontation, what Kemp and the viewers are left with is disappointment.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      For Hunter Fans


      This movie is not a Fear and Loathing. Sure there is a lot of humor, but it is not a gut busting hallucinogenic trip through the world of the weird. This movie is based on Hunter's earlier life and progressively, throughout the plot, delves into the very serious topic of the "Great White Shark". If your looking for a Fear and Loathing Part II, don't get this, but if your seriously into Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary is a must buy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Must-See for Hunter S. Thompson and Johnny Depp!

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      "The Rum Diary" gives Hunter S. Thompson and Johnny Depp fans what they want. Depp gives a remarkable performance as Thompson's alter-ego Paul Kemp. Through many misadventures, most involving a copious amount of rum, Kemp learns to find his voice as a writer, journalist, and a chronicler of all things gonzo. It's a must-see for Thompson and Depp fans, but be warned - it's not "Fear and Loathing..."-esque. It's a different kind of Thompson - actually the beginning.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      High hopes unmet

      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      I had high hopes for this movie solely based on the previews. The funny lines were indeed funny, but the story line was just not up to par. Johnny Depp is a very talented actor, and he did ok in this movie, however the story line dragged on a little too long. Some scenes were left to the imagination and my overall feel after the movie was that of "really, that was it?". I'm a Johnny Depp fan, but the movie just did not do justice to his talent.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Boring, slow moving movie

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This movie just can't keep me interested. By the end of the movie, just when I started to come around, it was over, along with a few screens stating what happened in the future. Now that would have been a good place to start.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Another great Hunter S. Thompson film.

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      If you liked Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas you should enjoy this film. Although the plot isn't as engaging, Depp still delivers an amazing performance.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      If you are a Depp and Hunter S. Thompson fan- this is a great movie. It did not do very well at the theaters, but i loved it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

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