The Bang Bang Club
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During the final bloody days of apartheid, four brave, young photographers – Greg Marinovich (Ryan Phillippe), Kevin Carter (Taylor Kitsch), Ken Oosterbroek (Frank Rautenbach) and Joao Silva (Neels Van Jaarsveld) – risked their lives to capture the violent struggle as it unfolded. While some of their work went on to win Pullitzer Prizes, the haunting memories of their experiences will never be forgotten.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 47
- Fresh: 23
- Rotten: 24
- Average Rating: 5.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: A based-on-real-life saga that turns bloody reality into bloodless drama.
Rotten: Club's entertainment value suffers at the expense of trying to capture the events as they happened.
Fresh: Captures this brutal time - which led to the country's first free, multiracial elections in 1994 and the end of apartheid - in vivid, often bold, but never overpowering strokes.
Fresh: This is one of those relatively rare movies that gets better and smarter as it goes along...
Bang Bang In Your Face
A compelling historical drama, but it could have used a little more history. If you are unfamiliar with apartheid and the era this film depicts then you may want to read the book first to have a concise understanding of the world surrounding the photographers. Overall, its entertaining at some points and drastically deep in other instances, because its a film about photojournalists witnessing death and destruction, but their intentions are highly valuable--to tell the world the truth through images. If you are interested in history, politics, war, photography, and journalism then this film will grasp your attention. Some plot holes need fixing but the film still leaves you stunned by the characters' lives, and most importantly the hardships they face on a day to day basis. I declare it a B-movie.
To all those politically sensitive naysayers
First off, I know this movie is getting some criticism particular from South Africans who are overly sensitive. As a saffa myself, I have read the book and enjoyed the movie. Obviously the book is way better, but my point is this: this book is about 4 photographers dealing with life from their perspective. This is not about the politics, politics is merely their backdrop. Yes they are white photographers caught amongst a tribal & ethnic storyline, but we must not forget that this story is about them and their characters. Whether this romanticizes them and is not politically correct actually doesn't matter, what matters is that we see how they saw things from their own eyes, and through the lens of their camera. If they come across as naive, then so be it... It's their story, let them tell it.
From one who has been there
Despite the reviews by the critics, this movie is worth watching. One has to understand that every reviewer approaches a new film, album, etc., as if it's intended to be the next cure for cancer. To be successful, this film must both entertain and inform us. In my opinion it does both equally well.