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Red Dust (HBO)

4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Red Dust (DVD)

A suspense thriller set in South Africa in the same vein as the politically oriented and popular The Constant Gardener. The film follows human rights lawyer Sarah Barcant (Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby, and Alex Mpondo (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Four Brothers) who find their lives changed forever by a hearing in the small town of Smitsriver. Police officer Dirk Henricks (Jamie Bartlett), is seeking amnesty for acts of torture he committed under the apartheid regime. Alex, once part of an illegal anti-apartheid movement, was one of Dirk's victims. Now living in New York City, Sarah returns home to Smitsriver to investigate Dirk's crimes.

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Red Dust, Tom Hooper’s film chronicling police abuse and corruption in contemporary South Africa, reminds the viewer that apartheid and racism are hardly, if at all, things of the past. Chiweitel Ejiofor plays Alex Mpondo, a black man who is brutally tortured in prison by office Dirk Hendricks (Jamie Bartlett), for his involvement with local civil rights movements. Imprisoned for his brutal treatment of Mpondo, Hendricks requests amnesty and a court trial is organized, for which lawyer Sarah Barcant (Hilary Swank) is recruited to defend Mpondo. Mpondo is a highly-regarded politician, necessitating a subtle defense approach to preserve his career. Sarah defends Mpondo by publicly exposing another aspect of Hendricks’s dirty business: the killing of Mpondo’s friend and ex-political ally, Steve Sizela. As this extremely thick plot unfolds, the viewer begins to understand corruption’s complex nature. Cinematically, Red Dust features stunning panoramas of the South African landscape as well as some traditional African ceremonies that both fascinate and educate the average American as to how shocking it must be for a true African to assimilate into white culture. This film interprets not only Mpondo’s perspective, but, like the novels of Graham Greene or Sheila Kohler, it assesses white guilt in colonial countries. For this reason, Red Dust has an almost documentary feel, though its dramatic narrative makes its fiction clear, as a way to distance the viewer from real pain. --Trinie Dalton


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  • Actors: Hilary Swank, Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Directors: Tom Hooper
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FDEV1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,569 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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