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Endgame (I) (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, History  |  18 January 2009 (USA)
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A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

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A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

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Taglines:

Patriot. Terrorist. Negotiator. Peacemaker. See more »

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Drama | History

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Rated PG-13 for violence/disturbing images and some strong language | See all certifications »

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Apartheids sidste dage  »

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$1,608 (USA) (6 November 2009)

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$9,645 (USA) (15 January 2010)
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Epilogue: When the IRA decided to negotiate a peaceful solution to the Irish conflict, they secretly turned to the ANC
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Epilogue: for advise on how to do it. They are now advising Hamas on the same strategy.
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Written by Sarah Daly and Matthew Mole
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Subject Matter Deserved Better Treatment
20 August 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Empty account of the release of Nelson Mandela following over twenty years of political incarceration, brokered by mining expert Michael Young (Miller) in a series of 'tense' meetings between Thabo Mbeki (Ejiofor), social justice academic (Hurt) and president F.W. de Klerk's brother (Huff) among others. The heavy emphasis on symbolism masks a disappointing lack of suspense in the narrative in what could have (and should have) been a fascinating examination of the beginning of the end of apartheid. Instead, Travis' picture manages to make a globally recognisable subject esoteric, and at times, incoherent.

Miller doesn't look convincing in his key role as a master facilitator, nor do other more experienced performers (Hurt, Peters, Jacobi) look especially like their recognisable subjects. It may not always be necessary to employ lookalikes when 'covering' historical figures, but it helps if the characterisations are otherwise realistic and believable, and these (in my opinion) are not. The dialogue is laboriously slow and consequently tawdry, each line treated like God's nectar, framed by emotive expressions from the cast, before the next great revelation can be uttered.

The result is a lethargic dramatisation of the events, which fails to do the subject matter appropriate justice, considering its significance. It's a monotone picture that needed more attention to pace and climax to engage the audience. "Invictus" or even the Poitier-Caine telemovie "Mandela & de Klerk" would be benchmarks on the subject matter, but give this one the swerve.


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