A fairly mediocre, if well acted tale of the political conversion of an ANC guerilla fighter in South Africa. After being arrested wrongfully for an explosion at the refinery he works at, the protagonists embraces the ANC cause, and gets caught up in a cat-and-mouse game with the security officials. Tim Robbins isn’t exactly spectacular, but does a fairly good job with the Afrikaners’ accent. Plus, he does a few guitar numbers (once again speaking back to Bob Roberts – the key hidden influence for this year’s batch of films!)
The coda reemphasizes the “true story” nature of the tale, and does a good job of at least introducing the complexities of post-Apartheid South Africa for those involved in the struggle for freedom. Yet as the credits rolled, I did hope for more.