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There's a fine line between chronicling events and being a part of them; lacking a traditional plot, this dichotomy is what carries the film forward. Greg is present when a man is executed. He tries to stop it, but his protests only make him a target, and he finds himself helpless to do anything but take pictures as the victim is set on fire and then chopped down with a machete. The resulting picture wins him a Pulitzer...and haunts him every day.
The other photographers are immersed in the same situation and deal with it in their own ways. Kevin Carter (Taylor Kitsch, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) turns to drugs and alcohol, only to find that they add to his problems instead of alleviating them. He wins his own Pulitzer when he takes a shot of a child apparently being stalked by a vulture, but his joy of winning is quickly tempered by the hordes of people denouncing him for taking pictures instead of helping.
Silver does a fantastic job of finding the balance to keep the film moving without dipping into cynicism.Read more ›
Without a doubt, I think this subject matter might have made for one of the most harrowing and powerful films of the year. Ryan Phillippe plays the lead, who begins the narrative as a new freelance photographer to the area. He immediately makes his mark as, against all better judgement, he wanders into a Zulu encampment and captures some incredibly intimate photos from the inside. His recklessness and bravado endear him to an established group of journalists, and they become fast friends. With Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) and Malin Akerman as the other more known names in the cast, everyone does well with the material that they are given--but something is missing. The screenplay never really lets us get close to the protagonists.Read more ›
We follow the fortunes of Greg and one of the more laid back members of the `gang', Kevin Carter (Taylor Kitsch) who has a penchant for recreational cigarettes and an excellent eye for a good photo. Greg also falls for the Photo Editor - Robin Comley (Malin Akerman) something which she says she never does. In one scene as they enter a bar there is a poster that proclaims, `A Civil War s not Very Relaxing', well we soon find out why. There are graphic scenes of violence, with extensive use of machetes and not a lot being left to the imagination. There is real tension throughout and loads of extras involved in the street and ghetto fighting. Writer and director Steven Silver has done an excellent job to try to recreate the actions that took place and are both from the book and the actual original photos.
The film tracks mainly the four year period between 1990 and 1994 and for the most part does so as observer with an interloper feel.Read more ›
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Great story, but I would recommend the book. It is a B quality movie, but an A+ book.Published 2 months ago by Tim
i was a combat photographer for 17 years in northern Africa. this movie was hard for me to digest, I cried a lot due to memories I have of other parts of Africa. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gabriel
I really enjoyed the movie. It would not stream in HD which was a little disapointing so I am probably going to buy the DVD.Published 5 months ago by RobertK
EXCELLENT AND A TRUE STORY VERY WELL DONE LOVE IT HAVE ORDERED THE DVD, SAW IT ON PRIMEPublished 7 months ago by D. Mahaney
This movie portrays the photo journalists as they really are:"Daring, unsophisticated, reputable, photographers. Who deserve our utmost confidence and thoughtfulness.Published 9 months ago by William Bramhall