Catch a Fire

Catch a Fire

Catch a Fire

  In the early eighties of the last century, the South African apartheid regime still sits firmly in the saddle. Chamasso Patrick (Derek Luke), who works at the Secunda oil refinery near Johannesburg, is one of the few blacks who brought it within the pervasive racial segregation moderately wealthy. Married to Precious (Bonnie Henna), and the proud father of two daughters is Chamasso more apolitical, much better, he coached the local football club and turns away, when the ANC supporters sing their songs at work. Its neutral and passive attitude will change only when he falls for an act of sabotage at the refinery in suspicion of being one of the ringleaders of the attack. Alarmed by the brutal interrogation methods of the intelligence staff Nic Vos (Tim Robbins), Patrick Chamasso begins to develop what is already accused him long anyway – he becomes a fervent supporter of the ANC, who finally in an attack the whole energy of the country turn will …

What would have made this film can not be all that? An exciting story based on real experiences, a cinematic framework has to offer beachtlichte show values that are two opponents who stand for two perspectives on the South African society and to the renowned director Philip Noyce (The Quiet American, Long Walk Home) The Club is not on atmospherically dense and political films – actually a sure thing. Sorry, but Catch a Fire goes / who fire it seeds very rarely, actually touch the audience, especially since the story seems half-baked in some places and maintains the change Chamassos more than justified acts. And ultimately the question remains how a loyal, caring family man who endured torture, especially for his family, his friends may leave after the unexpected dismissal so easy.

This is Catch a Fire / Who fire quite ambitious in its attempt to think of political thriller and drama and to get together under one roof, but in the end, both approaches fail for lack of consistency and apparent fear of too many emotions. So Nic Vos is as an opponent of Patrick Chamasso only one implied counterpart, is predicated on its thinking, feeling and doing almost nothing – no wonder that the distinguished actor Tim Robbins has seen efforts to infuse the sound rather unimpressive secret life.
( #) However – and this was also mentioned – at least scores a newcomer Derek Luke, and the camera work by Ron Fortunato and Gary Phillips certainly knows how to capture moving and beautiful images of life in South Africa. Nevertheless, Catch a Fire / Who will fire beneath the now quite numerous films about apartheid, one of the weaker ones.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Catch a Fire Original Title: If you fire sows Country of production: USA Year of production: 2006 Length: (# ) 101 (min) of material: UIP

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