Monday, August 4, 2014

Zulu (2013) South Africa, France

A suspense-thriller that set in South African soil. 

Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller.

     It is not a remake of the '64 movie because of having the same name, but a story based on a novel of the same name. It is about the secret ethical war waged by the militant party against the Nelson Mandela's national party that set in the present South Africa. As per my knowledge the theme was kind of true, but not the story which is totally a fictional. The movie talks about the unclassified mission, which is planned to solve the issue by a gang. As a socio-political suspense movie, does it fulfill what we expect? The answer is yes only if you do not desire for much bigger level like 'Bourne' movies.

     A young boy Sokhela who witnessed the murder of his father escapes from the scene. After the years later the country is forgotten what happened in the past, the racism is abolished. The 50 year-old Sokhela is now a police officer live with his mother. He is assigned to a recent homicide case. He and his men follow the clue which leads them to a drug dealer, which changes the plan and pace of the movie and appears to be a bigger conspiracy than they had expected. Along with the crucial battle between cops and gangster the movie also focuses to tell the story of the personal lives of the lead characters like marital problem and sexual struggle. Fixing the trouble in a relationship, sacrifice, revenge, all comes in the later parts.

‘‘If you want to make peace with your enemies,
work with your enemies. Then they become your partners.’’

     Good to see Orlando Bloom back in such a heavy role. If there is a sequel to it, then he's going to take the lead. I am praying for that because he has done a wonderful job in this movie. Could have anyone performed better than Forest Whitaker in a role he played? I don't think so, he was so incredible like always. A life giver for the characters he plays. Initially like all the detective stories the murder mystery was created enough curiosity about the upcoming events including the opening scene. Carried out well till the halfway, when it reveals so the gun fights takes the lead. The second half was a little stumble, but the pace was its advantage. I felt it was better than the recent Hollywood's cop movies like '3 Days to Kill', 'Shadow Recruit' etc. Overall a decent movie, which mostly favors because it was executed better.

Similar movies:
Man on Fire, Welcome to the Punch, Shadow Recruit, 2 Guns, The Bourne Legacy, Homefront.

Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All

Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent

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