|The violence in the movie is shown without context.|
The density and gruesomeness of the feud between the ANC and the Inkatha is being revealed at minimum impact than what it really was during that era in South Africa. These are the people in the cast, Ryan Phillippe, Tylor Kitsch, Frank Rautenbanch, Malin Akerman, etc. I was expecting to see more local faces. Veteran actors such as Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, Magic Hlatswayo and Jammie Bartlett should have been part of the movie cast. The American accent that tried so hard to sound African was not “Bang Bang”. The location reflected the recognized Townships of Soweto, which was significant.
The movie is inspiring. For an individual who aspire to become a world class photographer. The movie tells you that in order to capture memorable and award winning pictures, a photographer has to go an extra mile which may even extend to putting their lives in Danger.
If umlungu (white person), and you haven’t learned a bit of Zulu, the first 25min of the Movie is not for you. The cinema film has no sub-titles. But then again it’s every South African’s responsibility to know all eleven official languages.
|The cast of the Bang Bang Club.|
The Bang Bang Club missed an opportunity to unpack an emotional era in South Africa in a stunning and heart fulfilling way. I give the movie a 6 out of a 10.