Catch a Fire

2006

Biography / Drama

2
IMDb Rating 6.7

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Reviewed by Paul Martin 8/10

With Rabbit Proof Fence, The Quiet American and now Catch A Fire to hiscredit in succession, Phillip Noyce appears to be leaving theblockbuster action movies behind and moving into the realm of seriousbut still mainstream cinema. These are all very proficient films withinteresting stories that contain relevant social and politicalmessages. It is noteworthy that the three are all based on historicalfacts.<br><br>This style of film-making is much more interesting than films likeSyriana or (especially) The Constant Gardener. In those, the directorappears to make a show of promoting a worthy world view, but doesn&#39;treally seem committed to the political cause. It felt gratuitous, thedirector simply exploiting our interest in political conspiracieswithout necessarily sharing that interest. Whatever it takes to getbums on seats.<br><br>It is a difficult balance for a director. You want to do a story thatyou know is going to be hard to sell. So you need a big name or two toget the studio on board. But then you&#39;re stuck with a highlyrecognisable face that everyone knows is American but has to use anAfrikaaner accent.<br><br>I was pleasantly surprised to find that Tim Robbins was completelybelievable as the South African police interrogator. His accent seemedflawless, and with his excellent acting I was able to buy-in to hischaracter immediately. And I assumed that Derek Luke, who played theprotagonist Patrick Chamusso, was African. In fact, he&#39;s from LA andhas appeared in Spartan and Antwone Fisher (in the title role).<br><br>Apartheid, like say Nazism or so-called terrorism, is an easy target.It doesn&#39;t take much effort to totally demonise even minorparticipants, even though they may be ordinary people. Noyce skilfullyavoided such caricatures. Using effective cinematic devices, he wasable to portray that both the protagonist and the antagonist had muchin common. They both had two daughters, and both loved their familiesand their country. But one became a torturer and one became thetortured.<br><br>Noyce&#39;s portrayal of Apartheid was very balanced. Robbin&#39;s characterVos was a family man with a job. His family loved him, but at work hewas a man to be feared. Torture is a method that has been shown to notwork. Both Michael Winterbottom&#39;s The Road to Guantanamo and Noyce&#39;sCatch A Fire illustrate this by depicting false confessions that wereactually made by innocents. According to Noyce at the Q&amp;A session thatproceeded the film, the confessions made by Chamusso after he joinedthe ANC were deliberately sparse on detail and designed to appease butultimately frustrate his interrogators.<br><br>I asked Noyce if the film was making a statement about current worldevents, and he acknowledged that it was. It is very relevant to the waron terror and the West&#39;s turning to inhumane methods. &quot;One man&#39;sterrorist is another man&#39;s freedom fighter&quot;, he quoted. PatrickChamusso was a hero, he said, not because he took up arms, but becausehe renounced them. The ANC had a policy of not harming innocents, butthis wasn&#39;t always the case. Chamusso was unsuccessful (and wasjailed), because he was careful to follow this policy.<br><br>Phillip Noyce is showing himself to be a deft master of quietlysubversive films with commercial appeal, but ultimately they aresocio-political commentaries with a strong humanitarian element. Thisfilm should have wide appeal among both casual movie-goers and the moreserious cinephiles.

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Reviewed by ctg0724 9/10

It&#39;s a shame this movie was so overshadowed by Blood Diamond. Catch AFire had, in my opinion, a much more powerful story.<br><br>All acting was done perfect. I loved the cinematography with the plantin the background. I could really feel the emotion of the Africanschanting and singing for freedom.<br><br>Some will say this movie is racist towards white people. It is nothingof the sort. It even has a white or two on the side for justice. Thismovie didn&#39;t make Tim Robbin&#39;s character look evil. At least I didn&#39;tthink so. I saw him as a man doing what he thought he needed to do toprotect his family.<br><br>I think we need to learn from this story. There are terrorists all overthe world. We say they are pure evil. We say we will solve the problemby hunting them down and killing them. With some, that may benecessary. But most just want justice, and want to be heard.

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Reviewed by jtur88

As I started watching this movie, I thought Apartheid movies are likeHolocaust movies---they are all the same theme repeated over and overagain with minor variations. But something about this unfolding picturemade me resist the eject button. One factor was, I think, that the TimRobbins character was magnetically unpredictable. It was hard topredict what kind of a person he would ultimately turn out to be.Secondly, and maybe I missed something at the outset or went in withimperfect knowledge of the circumstances of the film, but only quitelate in the picture did I realize that this was a biographicalflashback of a national hero. That was refreshing to me. Heroic biopicsgenerally seem to be trying too hard to lionize their subject. Andfinally, from all aspects of cinematography that a casual user like mecan address, the picture was not that badly done. So, if you haven&#39;tseen many Apartheid-themed movies and would like to see a decent one,this would be a respectable choice. As a political aside, I foundmyself hoping that at least a few Americans would watch this pictureand say &quot;Hey, that&#39;s what we do to suspected terrorists, too!&quot;, andconsider whether right and wrong are not all that easy to distinguish.

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