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The Rum Diary [Blu-ray] (2011)

Johnny Depp , Giovanni Ribisi , Bruce Robinson  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli, Amber Heard
  • Directors: Bruce Robinson
  • Writers: Bruce Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson
  • Producers: A.J. Dix, Anthony Rhulen, Christi Dembrowski, Colin Vaines, George Tobia Jr.
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006ISJQBM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,801 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rum Diary [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Actor-producer Johnny Depp pays homage to his friend Hunter S. Thompson through this sprightly adaptation of the novelist's semi-autobiographical novel. Depp plays Paul Kemp, the booze-sozzled journalist who takes center stage in Bruce Robinson's period comedy. Out of desperation, the New Yorker takes a job with a San Juan newspaper in 1960, where he reports to the cynical Lotterman (Richard Jenkins) and shares a squalid flat with laid-back photographer Sala (The Sopranos' Michael Rispoli) and the truly unhinged "crime and religion" reporter Moburg (a scene-stealing Giovanni Ribisi). The three Ugly Americans do their best to drain the island's rum supply until Kemp meets Aaron Eckhart's slick Sanderson, who recruits the writer to promote his real estate ventures, regardless as to the number of poverty-stricken Puerto Ricans his hotels will displace. Politically, Kemp leans left, but he needs the dough, so he accepts the offer, only to find the ultimate temptation in Sanderson's uninhibited fiancée, Chenault (the stunning Amber Heard). It's a tricky balancing act, but when the natives start getting restless, Kemp risks losing everything. If the conclusion feels anticlimactic, Robinson keeps the antic energy going through nerve-wracking car chases, balletic cock fights, and a hilarious acid excursion that recalls the hotel trip-out in Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, to which Robinson's film serves as a less surrealistic cousin. If it isn't as certain to become a cult classic, like the director's equally inebriated Withnail and I, Depp and company always remain true to Thompson's irascible spirit. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary, follows itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) on an alcohol-fueled journey across the pristine island of Puerto Rico. Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard) the wildly attractive fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart), an American businessman involved in shady development deals. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessman’s financial benefit or use them to take him down.

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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. December 27, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
This movie is good. I've read the book several times, and yes, there were changes made, but I still loved it. When transferring book to film, changes are always made. It's the awful truth, I know. People want to compare this film to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Guess what? It's not. AND, it's not supposed to be. I'm a Thompson fan, through and through. I've read his work for years. I think the characters were spot on. This movie isn't for people who just want to see Johnny Depp on screen, or those who want another film in the likes of Vegas. Ribisi was AMAZING to watch in this movie. I really loved it, can't wait to get my copy and add it to my collection.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solidly entertaining movie borderline manic December 22, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Johnny Depp plays reporter Paul Kemp in Hunter S. Thompson's the Rum Diary. The movie borderlines on insanity as Kemp becomes drunk and drunker in a 1960s Puerto Rico. While not as manic as the other Hunter S Thompson films the Rum Diary has it's own narrative rhythm. Paul meets his eccentric coworkers, gets drunk, has crazy adventures, gets drunker etc. Johnny Depp's acting is good, one gets to see an interesting portrait of a writer trying to find his voice while he is trying to get plastered. There are undercurrents of Hunter S. Thompson present in Depp's portrayal of Kemp which starts bubbling to the surface near the end. there are funny antics going throughout the movie just not nearly as sporadic as the other two. all in all the movie is good and if you are a Johnny Depp fan Or a Hunter S. Thompson fan check this movie out and see if it can entertain you.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Puerto Rican Heat February 15, 2012
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To appreciate the quality of this rambling little film that is actually based on an episode in the life of Hunter S. Thompson the following biographical information is helpful: `Hunter Stockton Thompson (1937 - 2005) was an American journalist and author who wrote The Rum Diary (published in1998), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971), Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (1973), The Curse of Lono (1983), and Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (1966). He is credited as the creator of Gonzo journalism, a style of reporting where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become central figures of their stories. He is known also for his lifelong use of alcohol, LSD, mescaline, and cocaine (among other substances); his love of firearms; his inveterate hatred of Richard Nixon; and his iconoclastic contempt for authoritarianism. In 1960 Thompson moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to take a job with the sporting magazine El Sportivo, which folded soon after his arrival. Thompson applied for a job with the Puerto Rico English-language daily The San Juan Star, but its managing editor, future novelist William J. Kennedy, turned him down. Nonetheless, the two became friends and after the demise of El Sportivo, Thompson worked as a stringer for the New York Herald Tribune and a few stateside papers on Caribbean issues with Kennedy working as his editor. While suffering a bout of health problems, he committed suicide in 2005 at the age of 67.'

In the film version of Thompson's autobiographical book, Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) is a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean under toupeed editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIKE ENGLAND, EXCEPT WITH TROPICAL FRUIT November 6, 2011
Johnny Depp plays Paul Kemp, a New Yorker hired to work at a newspaper in San Juan (1960). The paper is going down hill. The editor, Richard Jenkins, wants new blood, even though Paul appears to be everything he doesn't want in an employee. There is unrest outside, but no one at the newspaper knows what is going on. The humor is fast and witty. The man Paul is replacing was "artistic" and "raped to death" by sailors.

Paul Kemp is a Hunter S.Thompson clone. He was hired because the editor likes his style of writing. He is placed in charge of writing horoscopes, something he makes up. He describes the obese Yankee tourists as "great whites" the most deadly creature known to man. They are afraid to venture outside of their hotel, spending their days bowling, gambling, and duty free shopping. The more you spend, the more you save. His writings tend to be cynical.

Aaron Eckhart is a wealthy mobster/businessman, Amber Heard is his free spirited gf who causes everyone grief. Aaron needs a writer (PR man) with new eyes, and Paul sets his bloodshot eyes on Amber, a woman who considers clothes optional. There is also criticism of today's conservatives as Paul remarks about Nixon, "Some day some filthy hoar-beast will make him look like a liberal." While watching the Nixon-Kennedy debate, through a pair of binoculars on a neighbors TV, Paul is able to predict a Kennedy victory because "I do horoscopes." The humor is off-beat, cynical, and hard hitting like Thompson. A local proclaims, "This country was founded on genocide and slavery...then they brought in Jesus like a bar of soap."

The movie is also critical of the dummy-down media who kills stories so as to not offend their advertisers. In the film, capitalism is destroying Puerto Rico, creating a war of haves vs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Never goes anywhere
Not that good. Not that bad. Not that exciting as the preview made it appear. It just never went anywhere.
Published 12 days ago by W. Tanksley
5.0 out of 5 stars Drunken Fun
Too funny and kind of scary knowing that this is a true story. Love the characters and loved the action.
Published 16 days ago by Pamela Strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rum Diary
I'm a Johnny Depp fan. This is not one of his best but I enjoyed it anyway. Some really funny scenes.
Published 25 days ago by oldcat
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorite Movies
After watching this movie several times on Netflix I decided to just get a copy. It is based on true story but the movie is fiction. Read more
Published 26 days ago by James Beyer
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun Ride in Puerto Rico!
A flash-back of a Puerto Rico you haven't seen, The early 60's a wild and crazy time...with lots of rum, sex, and even voo-doo, what more could you want?
Published 1 month ago by colin chick
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Johnny Depp film in a long time
Depp gives a wonderfully subtle performance as Paul Kemp (Hunter Thompson) in the early stages of his writing career, struggling to find his writer's voice while taking a stint as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by N. Matteo
4.0 out of 5 stars Why so many bad reviews?
A shame so many people dissed this film. This movie is not supposed to be like Fear & Loathing in LV. No it is not one of Depp's greatest movies ever. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nate C
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Depp movies
People have had mixed reviews about this Film. I really enjoyed it. It had Johnny Depp and that guy who played Two Face in the Christian Bale Batman. Read more
Published 1 month ago by StinkoDeMayo
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
Overall the movie was enjoyable but I find the director was more impressed with style than he was with substance. I read Hunter S. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ConcupusAl
5.0 out of 5 stars Depp Rules
This movie was panned at the theaters, but I have to say I really enjoyed it. I am sure a lot of people didn't like it because of the inferences of drug and alcohol abuse, which I... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Neville Ian Corbet
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