I’m now throwing my two cents in.

M said it is recommended viewing for all South Africans, and I whole-heartedly agree. This movie can be analysed to death regarding its subtext, but I’ll just say this: it’s well-made. The special effects were hardly noticeable (and considering there was a ruddy great space ship hovering over Johannesburg in several key scenes, that’s quite a statement).

Thank you to Peter Jackson for financing this project, and to all the participants in the making of the film. It was refreshing to hear the accent on the big screen NOT coming out of Leon Schuster’s mouth.

I also smell Academy Awards for this one. It is currently rated on IMDB by over-zealous fans at #44 in the top 250 of all time. When the fuss dies down, it may drop in the rankings, but I am very impressed. Well done.


P.S. Regarding the violence and swearing in the film, I hardly noticed. It suited the mood of the story, and I know I can swear a lot too. Granted, I’m not ripping limbs off people, but give me twenty minutes with a taxi driver and a machete, I’d have to think about it.

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