Zulu: What You Need To Know
Coming next week (April 27th) is the DVD release of drama-thriller Zulu – the film selected to close the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 – that uses apartheid as a political subtext with a forefront of violent cops vs. drug dealers shoot-em-up storyline. And no, it has nothing to do with the 1964 film of the same name. Now we've cleared that up, here's everything else you need to know about it...
What’s The Plot?
The action-packed thriller is an adaptation from Caryl Ferey’s book, turned into a gripping cinematic version about the brutal murder of a rich teenage girl. Two detectives are recruited with the task of solving the crime and during their journey fall into a sinister synthetic drug ring who experiment on animals and children.
In a nutshell it’s a well-constructed and deeply resonant performance about a French ‘policier’ who, despite good intentions, winds up getting sucked into the violence in his South African setting.
Who’s In It?
Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker stars as chief detective Ali Sokhela of Capetown’s Serious Violent Crime Unit who was a childhood victim of political freedom party Inkatha.
An excessive amount of screen time (which we’re not saying is a bad thing) is given to his convincing detective deputy, Brian Epkeen, played by Orlando Bloom – a man devoted to personal tribulations and violent overreactions. Be prepared, Orlando looks particularly buff but his face is grunged out throughout.
Does It Deliver?
French director Jérôme Salle has created a hard-hitting, bloody crime film which will have you gripped from the start. Aside from the viewing shifting away from Ali’s story of pain and retribution and leaning towards a cliché-ridden manhunt with a lot of character anger management issues, the story does open up many issues about the history of the apartheid era and how history has affected the future’s repercussions. It’s a well-paced, shootout-filled film which does ultimately uncover the secret as to why Ali is unable to consummate his desire for a woman he loves him.