Catch a Fire (2006)



Critic Consensus: No stranger to the political thriller, director Phillip Noyce tackles apartheid and terrorism with experienced gusto, while Derek Luke and Tim Robbins hand in nuanced performances.

Movie Info

Based on the real-life story of Patrick Chamusso, this political thriller spans the years from South Africa's turbulent 1980s to the present day. Patrick is an oil refinery employee and soccer player who is apolitical--until he and his wife are brutalized by government-sanctioned terror squads. Shocked into action, Patrick reorients his sense of self and purpose. Even as policeman Nic Vos further insinuates himself into the lives of Patrick and his family, Patrick becomes a rebel fighter and … More

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material involving torture and abuse, violence and brief language)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Shawn Slovo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 30, 2007
Box Office: $4.3M
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Critic Reviews for Catch a Fire

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (44)

At its best when making the most of the conflicts at the heart of apartheid.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

It doesn't quite have the adrenaline to be a great thriller, but Catch a Fire makes up for it with compelling characters and a genuinely important theme, skillfully told. There's not much else you can ask from a film than that.

Full Review… | March 10, 2011

Gritty apartheid drama pushes PG-13 limits.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

If Derek Luke's performance is anything to go by, than we might just have the next great actor of this generation.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Movies like Catch a Fire are perhaps the most banal sort to write about.

Full Review… | September 19, 2009
Film and Felt

Noyce is now the favorite filmmaker of your local Amnesty International

Full Review… | July 2, 2009
I.E. Weekly

Audience Reviews for Catch a Fire


3 3/4's..Decent bio-drama. A little rough around the edges, but decently done. Derek Luke does a fine job. The story of what happened in this country is never a dull one.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

great film. derek luke and tim robbins put out two great performances and at times in the flick youre not sure which side to root for even though you know apartied is wrong. they really did this well and you can see the struggle of the opressed.

danny d

Super Reviewer

Liloh: And I realized nothing has changed. And I dont think South Africa will be ever Free from Whites and their terror against em.

This Movie was more than just a Movie. A great Friends recommendation and long review on her experience and the review on the movie made me watch this Movie twice.

Thank you Lilo

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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