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An unsatisfying account of Stander's life.
An unsatisfying account of Stander's life.
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Pumped by a soundtrack of period South African funk and dance music, propelled by whiplash montage sequences and rubber-burning Burt Reynolds-issue getaways, Stander is the very definition of good, old-fashioned outlawry.
Stander refuses to take a stand on its own subject matter.
Has you in its grip from the beginning.
Worth a look, thanks mostly to Mr. Jane's troubled swagger and Ms. Hughes' sharp eye.
Adds up to what is less a movie than an entertainingly episodic rap sheet.
Stander attempts to pass itself off as a fast-paced caper picture doubling as a socially conscious apartheid drama but ends up equally unconvincing in both departments.
Cleverly told true story from female Canadian filmmaker Bronwen Hughes.
better than expected
Jane's performance is a revelation. He is the rare actor who has the looks and the physique of a leading man while retaining the ability to disappear into a character.
STANDER deserves recommendation as fascinating film that confirms the old adage of truth being stranger than fiction.
Jane's performance is nothing short of revelatory
A rather entertaining (if style-over-substance) portrait of insane illicitness.
Genre: Crime. Based on real life story. IMDb Rating: Above 7.
Well, that was enough to set me going. But the experience was mixed. The script & screenplay isn't up-to-date here; it fails in properly fictionalizing the facts. Some of the sub-plots created to support the story at a later stage are too unconvincing.
After having killed an unarmed protesting citizen in a riot, Andre Stander, one of the captains of the riot squad, asks to free himself from that duty. He was already getting sick of the corruption around him & this riot event only worsened the matters for him. In the midst of this crisis, he begins to rob banks, but eventually gets arrested. He manages to escape, though, with a partner, & later manages to get one more of his inmates out. The three start robbing banks, which soon gains media's attention & the trio is thereby referred to as 'The Stander Gang' by the media & hence the public at large. After a while, Stander feels that he should escape with his wife. But his wife disapproves of his actions, saying: ?There?s not a thinking man among us that doesn?t want to blow this place to smithereens from time to time. But we don?t. We find other ways.? Despite of this, he plans an escape, to be followed by a final heist, with his partners. But do things work out the way they?d planned?
While the first half was good enough, much of the second half was messy. I'm not saying that the second half was absolute crappy. It had its highs & lows, but the lows were far more than the highs. One of the protagonists says: "We've written a pretty good story so far. Why not a perfect ending?" But the ending wasn't that great either. The creation of the South Africa in the 80s era is done quite well, though.
Thomas Jane is exceptional. The way he plays this complicated character is amazing. Deborah Unger is excellent. Dexter Fletcher & David O'Hara are passable.
All in all, the movie works in parts & is worth a shot for those parts, IMO. 6.5/10.
Great character piece and early performance by Thomas Jane
I bought this sight-unseen and turned out to really like it. Deborah Kara Unger can't really pull of the South Afircan accent, but otherwise this movie is areally good. I just wish it didn't end on such a down note. Oh well. It was still really good, and was peppered with humour.
Tom Jane is brilliant. A true movie star performance. It's a slick, stylish and highly entertaining crime drama. Driven by a hip soundtrack and great action. One cool and compelling bank robbing thriller.
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