Zulu (2013)

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During apartheid era South Africa, a mutilated corpse is discovered in the city's botanical gardens. As Chief of Police Ali Neuman investigates the murder of the daughter of former rugby champion Stewart Weitz, he makes a startling discovery -- a drug of an unknown composition appears to be the cause of the homicide.
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R (for strong violence, grisly images, language, sexuality/nudity and drug content)
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Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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A captivating crime drama with good a good performance from Orlando Bloom. Although it's dragging at times, Zulu is enjoyable till the end.

Farah Rizq
Farah Rizq

Lose your mind in South Africa. Good Film! First of all the film had me for the whole time, the premise was intriguing and both Whitaker and Bloom provide excellent tension throughout. It was well paced and fairly unpredictable. The plot here is relatively thin- they start in true film noir fashion with the murder of a girl and follows with the tried and true tradition of jaded detective partners working the case. There is not much more to it than that. However, the film is more interested in the political and social world of Cape Town, and does this pretty well whilst maintaining the gripping action. The characters also are well developed, in particular Bloom as the booze soaked apathetic detective who keeps falling deeper and deeper into the seedy underbelly he's investigating. Whitaker is very good, establishing a character then staying true to what he presents initially. If you like watching the mature Forest Whitaker do his thing then you will enjoy this movie. Like all good cop movies there is some redemption at the end so fear not in the middle, if you find yourself a little depressed. Stick it out and you will feel a little redemption yourself, maybe a little hope. As a child, Ali Neuman narrowly escaped being murdered by Inkhata, a militant political party at war with Nelson Mandela's African National Congress. Only he and his mother survived the carnage of those years. But as with many survivors, the psychological scars remain. Today, Ali is chief of the homicide branch of the South African police in Cape Town. One of his staff is Brian Epkeen, a free-wheeling white officer whose family was originally involved in the establishment of apartheid but who works well with Neuman. Together they have to deal with crime that inevitably exists in sprawling areas of un- and under- employed people, crime exacerbated by gangs, both local and from other parts of Africa. Their job gets even more difficult when the corpses of two young women are found. A new evil has been introduced in the city and a new drug has been introduced to its residents, including both murder victims. At the chaotic crossroads where brutality and modernization collide, the echoes of apartheid still resound in the shadows of a society struggling toward reconciliation.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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½

An extremely intense, gripping and brutal crime drama with two powerful performances by Bloom and Whitaker - the latter playing a man running away from his past but forced to face his own sense of forgiveness in this bleak post-Apartheid South Africa where society still struggles in an informal war.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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