Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2010)

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Starting off with simple smash and grabs, and petty crime, Lucky Kunene quickly graduates to more aggressive heists such as armed robbery and carjacking. Soon, Lucky realizes he needs a bigger score to fulfill his goals of making it big, and escaping from the slums, to a dream house by the sea. Kunene hatches an elaborate and violent plan to make his fortune - hijacking buildings from landlords of Johannesburg tenements by winning the favor of the tenants and then holding their rent hostage from … More

Rating: R (for violence, language, drug use and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Ralph Ziman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 28, 2010
Runtime:
Anchor Bay Films - Official Site

Cast


as Lucky Kunene

as Zakes Mbolelo

as Leah Friedland

as Young Kunene

as Young Zakes

as Sithole
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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6)

rags-to-riches tale cut from the same cloth as City of God, Goodfellas and Scarface.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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Writer-director Ralph Ziman strings it all together with slick competence, but given that leading man Rapulana Seiphemo does a persuasive line in moral ambiguity, it's disappointing that the proceedings too often default to glib shoot-'em-up.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Time Out
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It's easy to overlook the formulas and just enjoy the ride.

Full Review… | June 11, 2010
New York Times
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The opening credits of Gangster's Paradise note that it was "inspired by real events." It would be more accurate to say that the film was inspired by Brian De Palma's Scarface and similar fare.

Full Review… | June 11, 2010
New York Post
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Startlingly original, if occasionally overambitious. This is Tsotsi without the feel-good glow, a tale of entrepreneurship's perils and boundless pleasures.

Full Review… | June 10, 2010
Wall Street Journal
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Though South Africa's racial strife is frequently invoked, sociopolitical inquiry takes a backseat to creaky gangster-cinema tropes.

Full Review… | June 8, 2010
Village Voice
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