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Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014)

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In 1945 Union Carbide Corporation helped build the atomic bomb. In 1984 they built a time-bomb... Starring Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Kal Penn and a powerful ensemble cast, "Bhopal A Prayer For Rain" is an epic, 'whodunnit' that exposes the shocking events that led to the biggest man made industrial disaster in history, in which as many as 10,000 people were killed in one night and for those that did survive, the tragedy had just begun. Dilip, a rickshaw driver in Bhopal, India, lands himself a job at the Union Carbide plant. It is a chance to prove his worth to his family and pull them out of poverty. The job is tough with long hours; everyone is desperate to hold on to their pay cheque and so Dilip keeps quiet when he notices managers at the plant ignoring safety standards. Dilip's long time friend, Motwani, a tabloid journalist knows that Bhopal residents complain of the constant stench in the air and wake up at night choking from the gas. He is on a mission to expose what he believes is a deadly time bomb ticking away in his home town. He feels as if no one will listen but when he meets feisty American journalist, Eva, he sees a ray of hope and persuades her to confront Carbide executive Warren Anderson. As Eva and Motwani endeavour to delve deeper into Carbide's activities, Dilip is using every resource necessary to pay and plan for his sister's wedding. When the wedding night arrives the family are full of joy and celebration as two families join together as one. But as the music plays an invisible catastrophe is working its way throughout the town and wedding party. One by one the guests start to feel unwell the largest tower at the Carbide plant spews poisonous gas into the night air; one by one they collapse; and one by one they unknowingly become a statistic in the world's largest chemical disaster to date. Nearly thirty years later as the plant stands as a ghost-like constant reminder, the water in Bhopal is still contaminated and one person a day dies as a direct result of the tragedy, Eva visits the now retired Anderson. Will he finally bow down and apologise? Or will he continue to deny that Carbide had any part to play...? (C) Official Site A disaster that set a deadly precedent for multinational corporate activity in the developing world and revealed a poisonous corruption at the heart of India, the world's largest democracy - this is a story that demands to be seen.

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Not a thriller by any means, Bhopal spends two-thirds of its running time following a few too many two-dimensional characters during the events leading up to the disaster.

December 4, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Some of the portrayals are over-the-top in their villainy, and the dialogue, acting and music all tend to be melodramatic. But all of the overt heartstring-pulling doesn't add much.

November 25, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Through "Bhopal," the filmmaker argues that the promise of jobs and prosperity all too often trumps environmental and safety concerns, and it leads government to ignore corporate wrongdoing.

November 14, 2014 | Full Review…

This is crudely mounted, earnest advocacy, getting its points across at any cost.

November 6, 2014 | Full Review…

The all-too-real apocalyptic images are impressive, even if the mixing of drama and documentary doesn't completely work.

November 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's an unsolved mystery in Hollywood why so many based-on-true-life polemical films end up so unremarkable.

November 4, 2014 | Full Review…

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