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Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema Reviews

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September 12, 2017
The film captures the strife tearing the city apart, and how one man fought against the system and won in his own way, on his terms.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 20, 2010
It's hard not to feel such complex, dramatically rich subject matter merits a less prosaic treatment.
July 16, 2010
Despite the familiar ground, Ralph Ziman manages to orchestrate an engrossing and energetic film full of memorable characters and a wicked soundtrack.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 14, 2010
Bold, energetic and extremely complicated, this epic thriller is an eye-opening exploration of ... Johannesburg
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 12, 2010
Issues of race and social injustice add a little grit and texture to an otherwise overlong and over familiar gangster story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 8, 2010
Sadly things unwind and the movie loses power with covert special pleading for the wiseguy protagonist, who is supposed to be morally superior to obviously vindictive white cops or evil drug dealer rivals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 8, 2010
Ultimately, like all the best gangster films, it is a story of people, not principles. Actions, not ideas. And it is very nearly a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 8, 2010
The film pays its dues to the classics. Not only does it lovingly rip off a truck heist from Heat, but Lucky and his gang actually sit down and watch Heat for tips.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 7, 2010
rags-to-riches tale cut from the same cloth as City of God, Goodfellas and Scarface.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 7, 2010
Lucky's journey fails to inspire either empathy or a more scrutinizing ethical engagement; he acts simply as a character in a cut-rate gangster mash-up might, and around the time of that first, zany carjacking it ceases to matter where he'll end up.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
July 7, 2010
A cheerfully violent South African ramble about a gangster unwilling to "sit on his arse waiting for Mandela". Initially intriguing, it collapses in an hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 7, 2010
Jerusalema remains an elegant third venture from director Ralph Ziman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 7, 2010
It's a rich portrait made all the more worrying by apparently being based on actual events.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
July 6, 2010
A potent, energised slice of South African life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 12, 2010
A riveting look at a side of South Africa that seems to have been swept under the rug.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 11, 2010
It's easy to overlook the formulas and just enjoy the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 11, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
June 10, 2010
Startlingly original, if occasionally overambitious. This is Tsotsi without the feel-good glow, a tale of entrepreneurship's perils and boundless pleasures.
June 8, 2010
Though South Africa's racial strife is frequently invoked, sociopolitical inquiry takes a backseat to creaky gangster-cinema tropes.
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