• Film ID:
  • 16044
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=98 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • South Africa.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • English.
GANGSTER'S PARADISE (2008)
(JERUSALEMA)
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Lucky grows up in a South African township in the post-apartheid era and is caught between the desire to go university and the lure of easy money from violent crime.
A decade on an we see him as a struggling taxi-driver before his transformation into a businessman who uses violence to reclaim inner-city Joburg tenement blocks from the drug-dealers and hookers who inhabit them and from the rich white slum landlords who own them. Thus the ambitious gangster realises an aim of the revolution - decent homes for poor blacks - and fulfils his own personal wealth ambitions.
The film is a tight and sometimes funny (eg a car-jacking going wrong when neither of them knows how to drive) gangster movie, whilst remaining ambivalent about the corruption and brutality that can accompany revolutionary gains.
NB the opening segment of the film, Lucky as a teenager, is subtitled but the main segment is in English.
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