Catch a Fire Reviews
Something about these movies really does light a fire in your heart. A great biopic as well. The backstory of the film is just as compelling.
Une mention spéciale aux acteurs, très à l'aise. Ils ont sans doute conscience que le sujet abordé est d'importance, et ils se gardent bien de sur-jouer.
In this R-rated South African-set thriller, hard-working family man Patrick Chamusso (Luke) truly turns revolutionary after he is wrongly accused and tortured for a crime by Police Security Branch operative Nic Vos (Robbins) in the early '80s.
No stranger to political intrigue, Noyce (Patriot Games, Rabbit-Proof Fence) presents a 1980s-set true story made all the more timely by the events of September 11, a point he capitalizes on. After Vos (representing foreign govt.) tortures the innocent Chamusso (representing persecuted natives), the latter's motives for turning radically political become starkly obvious, paralleling a certain Western power's occupation of modern-day Iraq. Catch a Fire also gives a powerful combo in Robbins and Luke, who bring their respective characters' moral ambiguity to light with a gripping intensity--perhaps too well. Noyce shows us family man Chamusso's philandering while concurrently portraying Vos's nearly perfect home life with middling results. As the real-life Chamusso's appearance at the end makes clear, this is HIS story, not that of the top-billed Robbins. Perhaps, Focus Features just wanted to get their money's worth out of the Oscar-winner.
Bottom line: Once you catch it, you won't let go.
Actor Derek Luke gives a stunning performance, the best performance of his career by far. He plays such a complex role and does is it with excellence. Time Robbins co-stars and also gives a great performance. You can't expect anything less that greatness from Tim Robbins.
A film that should be seen by everyone at least once. Brilliant.
The pacing is weird, as if they had a 3 hour cut and had to slice it in half. Some plotlines aren't followed through enough, and the turn to revolutionary is underplayed. Despite these, it's fun.