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Plot: In the early to mid ’90s, when the South African system of apartheid was in its death throes, four photographers – Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter, Ken Oosterbroek and João Silva – bonded by their friendship and a sense of purpose, worked together to chronicle the violence and upheaval leading up to the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela as president. Their work is risky and dangerous, potentially fatally so, as they thrust themselves into the middle of chaotic clashes between forces backed by the government (including Inkatha Zulu warriors) and those in support of Mandela’s African National Congress.
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Internal conflict between observation and action
The war rages on in the final days of apartheid in South Africa. “The Bang Bang Club” is a group of four, young, fearless photographers who drove in head first into the racial fighting. Why they did such a thing is certainly in question. At first, I would chalk it up to the male-driven need for action. Other reasons will be there, but even they question it after awhile.
Writer and director Steven Silver is an established documentarian and this marks his transition into something a little more accessible. This certainly is. It’s the type of recent historical story that I want to know more about. We only see the conflicts that are going on in South Africa through the lenses of these young men. The conflicts that take center stage are the internal ones between the good of documenting the violence versus doing something about it. Interestingly, it’s when two of them win the Pulitzer Prize that their moral fibre is called into question.
As fearless as the protagonists are, the filmmakers seemed to be a bit more timid. Although the violence is there in full view, it lacked most of the emotional impact it should have had. Unfortunately, this is the reason for the low critics’ rating. By the end you will be moved by the story, but you could have been moved all along.
I found that it was a great point of view to an interesting time. It was shot on location and achieved a great look for an independent film with the fraction of a Hollywood budget. “The Bang Bang Club” is a good movie, a great story, and it’s worth experiencing.
A film about combat photographers, not politics
I avoided this film for a long time because it was set in South Africa and I thought it was going to be political. Instead it is more about the combat photographers that live and work in these zones, witnesses to all kinds of nasty things, but tasked with observing and taking pictures only.
The film has a good cast, but considering it is based on a book written by two of the photographers – one played by Ryan Phillippe, it is strange that the most visible character is Taylor Kitsch’s, who steals the show with his acting.
The direction and writing of the film were a little bland, though, less ambitious than the subject of the movie. I wonder if it was intentional, as to show more of the perspective of the original book. Even so, we start with these musketeers of the camera, but we never understand why they got to doing what they’re doing and so most of the time we couldn’t care less what happens to them.
The change comes at the end, when two of the group die and we are faced with the pain of their friends and loved ones, but it comes too late and on the background of Black people finding their children murdered and having to let photographers in to take account. It felt artificial and condescending, so that is why I rated this film merely average. Otherwise, an interesting story and word watching.
One thing intrigued me: from the few IMDb comments for this film, there is none from South Africa, so they must have done something wrong with the movie.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 46 min (106 min), 1 hr 46 min (106 min) (USA)
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Director Steven Silver
Writer Steven Silver, Greg Marinovich (based on the book by), João Silva (based on the book by), Judith Rascoe (story editor)
Actors Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch, Neels van Jaarsveld
Country Canada, South Africa
Awards 13 nominations.
Production Company Harold Greenberg Fund, Foundry Films, Out of Africa Entertainment, Instinctive Film
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A