Red Dust (HBO)
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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" is one of several films that have been made about the work of the TRC, which includes the 2000 documentary "Long Night's Journey Into Day." It is important that we understand there are other films about the TRC out there because the story of "Red Dust" is really a variation on the main theme and not a direct look at what happened with the TRC in South Africa. In 2004 there was South African film "Forgiveness" about a disgraced ex-cop seeking forgiveness from the family of an activist he killed, "Country of My Skull" had Samuel L. Jackson as an American reporter looking into the case of the most notorious torturer in the South African police, and "Zulu Love Letter" is about a journalist who has to face the demons of her past because of these public hearing.Read more ›
Reviewing the book by the same title, by Gillian Slovo, on which the film is based, Publishers Weekly said "underscores that 'the full truth' is more complex than court transcript or verdict can ever reveal. ...The reader can almost taste the dust and feel the heat of the stultifying locale; the scatter of words in Afrikaans enhances the absorbing, fast-paced narrative. Amnesty hearings are meant to bring closure to the violent period that ended apartheid by forgiving crimes by former officials, where possible. But this powerful novel full of legal and emotional twists and turns strips bare the torment forever ingrained in victim and jailer alike, a torment that runs through all segments of post-apartheid society."
And these comments apply to the film as well. Deserves widespread viewing, though parts of it are difficult to watch because of the brutality, pain, and sorrow shown so vividly. But then that's what makes the film excellent and important.
Thank you, HBO.
Yes I would recommend other to watch it at least once. To each it's
own, those kind of movies and action are the ones I really like.
Quality was good too.
Similar or not, `Red Dust' is an engaging wonderfully acted film that can stand on its own merits and boasts two stars of equal caliber, Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
True or fictional `Red Dust' is a thought provoking film on the Civil Rights movement in South Africa that deserves a viewing or two. Place it next to `Cry Freedom' in your DVD library.
Not a bad little flick, for what it is, but certainly not what I was expecting. Sarah Barcant (Hilary Swank), a lawyer who was born in South Africa but presently resides in New York, returns to South Africa to represent Alex Mpondo (Children of Men's Chiwetel Ejiofor). As discovery and trial unfold, a complex network of cover-ups and lies emerges, eventually encompassing most of the affluent inhabitants of the district, all of whom have been suspected of crimes which were never proven.
It's slow, and often seems less like courtroom drama/conspiracy thriller than it does Victorian-era locked-room mystery. This is, of course, not always a liability, as long as you know that's what you're in for. Recommended if you've got a couple of hours to kill. ***
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I like Hilary Swank. Her acting is always believable and entertaining.Published 5 months ago by Dale Willis
great casting ...
brutal violence ...
Why can't we all be friends?
The black Actor in this Chipelle[Spelling not sure, Sorry] is outstanding, and I think with his current movie 12 years
of Slavery he is on his way to being someone to whatch.