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Calm down everyone, it’s not a remake of the 1964 Michael Caine starring classic. Instead, Zulu will focus on two South African cops pushed to the limits after a new drug hits the impoverished streets and two women turn up dead. Orlando Bloom and Forrest Whitaker play the cops in a world struggling with government corruption and extreme prejudice. The trailer really strikes some emotional chords and looks to balance the intense violence with complex characterisation. Jerome Salle, the man behind Largo Winch and its sequel directs this as his English language debut.
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- Luke Ryan Baldock
Cannes, France -- Academy award-winner Forest Whitaker turns in a solid performance as a cop searching for the murderer of a white teenager in the movie "Zulu," a violent and often shocking portrayal of South African gang culture where traces of apartheid still linger.
The film premiered at the close of the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday and is directed by "Largo Winch'"s Jerome Salle, co-starring Orlando Bloom as a free-wheeling white officer, as well as South African actor Conrad Kemp.
As a child, Whitaker's character Ali narrowly escaped being murdered by Inkhata, a militant political party at war with Nelson Mandela's anti-apartheid Anc. Now, as chief of Cape Town's homicide branch, his quest to bring the perpetrator to justice leads him on a path that uncovers the unhealed wounds of post-apartheid South Africa.
"Zulu'"s explcit, and, at times even gratuitous, depiction of violence and inter-human relations, »
The steady invasion of auteur genre films into the Cannes Film Festival steps over the line with Zulu, a French policier distinguished only by Forest Whitaker's deeply resonant performance as a detective and its South African setting. Were it not for the star power of Whitaker and Orlando Bloom, one might seriously doubt whether this well-built vehicle would have received the honor of closing le festival. French director Jerome Salle, who made the round-the-world adventure films Largo Winch I and II, uses the scars left by apartheid as a political subtext, but it's not forefronted enough to
- Deborah Young
The unhealed wounds of post-apartheid South Africa get a brutal but superficial once-over in Jerome Salle’s savagely violent cop thriller “Zulu.” Toplining Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker as two detectives uniquely scarred by their nation’s cruel racial legacy, this adaptation of Caryl Ferey’s 2010 novel has the commercial slickness of Salle’s transnational actioners “Largo Winch” and “The Burma Conspiracy.” Yet the French-South African co-production is stacked with cliches and contrivances that fail to resonate with any real specificity or authenticity, the fine location work notwithstanding. The film’s grueling subject matter will severely test its theatrical prospects, demanding dedicated specialty handling.
The sensationalism starts immediately, with a harrowing flashback to the politically motivated atrocities that occurred in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province in the early ’90s, seen here through the eyes of a terrorized child. After witnessing his father get burned alive, the boy grows up to »
- Justin Chang
To the outsider, the Cannes Film Festival can be a nebulous thing. Even if you know the filmmaker or the cast, sometimes you need more context than a review to give you a sort of firmer grasp of the shape, texture and tone of a movie. Clips from the festival are landing left and right, so we thought we'd grab a smattering and ground you a little deeper than some of the reviews and pictures your may or may not have seen. So here we go. The first clip is a featurette from "Zulu," the official Closing Film of Cannes this year, that brings together some interesting talent for what seems to be a hard-boiled crime tale. Directed by Jérôme Salle ("Largo Winch" and "Anthony Zimmer," which was later remade as "The Tourist" with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie) "Zulu" stars Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker as a couple of »
- Edward Davis
Confusingly titled Zulu (the same as the 1964 historical war film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift with Michael Caine) it has been adapted from South African writer Caryl Férey's novel of the same name and unfolds in a post-aparheid South Africa.
Whitaker and Bloom play two police officers investigating the murder of a former rugby captain's daughter.
It is directed by French filmmaker and screenwriter Jérôme Salle who made The Burma Conspiracy, the thriller Anthony Zimmer, and the comic strip extravaganza Largo Winch and currently is working on The Odyssey, a feature about marine conservationist and cineaste Jacques Cousteau.
Although traditionally the Cannes »
- Richard Mowe
We're almost a month away from the start of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, meaning the official selection is going to be announced soon. In advance of that announcement, they've revealed the film chosen to close the festival on May 26th - Zulu, starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom, directed by Jérôme Salle (seen above). It's well known that closing night films are usually the more weaker fare, but this sounds interesting nonetheless. Cannes also released a first look photo (seen below) of Bloom and Whitaker along with details on the film playing at the festival this May. Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby will kick things off May 15th. Zulu, co-written and directed by Jérôme Salle (of Anthony Zimmer, The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch, The Burma Conspiracy) adapted from the novel of the same name by Caryl Férey, is a thriller shot entirely on location in South Africa. The »
- Alex Billington
By French helmer Jerome Salle (“Largo Winch”) and based on Caryl Ferey’s eponymous novel, “Zulu” is described by the fest as a mix of political film noir and social study unspooling in a South Africa overshadowed by apartheid.
The ambitious English-language pic is penned by Julien Rappeneau and produced by Richard Grandpierre’s Paris-based Eskwad. Boasting a score by Alexandre Desplat, pic is co-produced by Pathe, which handles international sales and is set to distribute the film in France.
Steven Spielberg will preside the jury, »
- Elsa Keslassy
8 items from 2013
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