I love non-actors and I love non-filmmakers, so this South African Apartheid-era non-film has its own inherent charm, even beyond its status as a cultural cuiroso. This charm only goes so far, though - it's 71 minutes of Laurel and Hardy telling only exposition instead of jokes. My favorite part happens in the car chase / shootout: an oblivious bystander dives out of the way like she's done it before.
Admirable comedic timing between Gumede and Mathanda. According to a Van der Merwe actress, "'There was no apartheid when we were shooting.' Yet because of the laws of the time, the black actors and mainly white production crew would often have to dine and sleep separately on location. 'Our rebellion was simply to be involved in the arts and to do our jobs to the best of our ability.'" - Gavin Haynes, The Guardian
Thoroughly enjoyable low-budget charm. Silly acting, obvious dialogue about what's happening in the moment, goofs like the camera crew reflecting in an actor's shades, action music during expository moments, a score that'd work as a variety pack of generic synth cheese—all the hallmarks of endearing B-cinema.
This film basically is a story of two retarded criminals unleashing terror on two kids camping in a forest. It's filled with pointless, boring dialogues, while the two mentioned villains run around bushes looking for the diamonds they threw out of the car earlier, accompanied by funky music... Well, if that sounds exciting to you, then go ahead - you won't be disappointed!
A literally awful film (even for a B movie) where every character is as thick as John Goodman's waistband. But it deserves the extra star for some funny exchanges between our two bad guys and just for having been created during a terrible time in human history. It's best imagined in an 80's SA apartheid cinema, bringing delight and respite to so many oppressed... <ALSO> Could the eating scene be more gross?
Low budget? Very. Random, unrelated disco musak library music? Check. Over simplified narrative? A child could write better.. And yet .. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, its' familiar genre and yet very unfamiliar setting. It is made with charm and some economic finesse (see car chase and opening credits) Loved the two villains and the fact that this film was made at all (and then curated) Bravo to all involved!
Yeah, it's a bad movie. But it's a "good" bad movie. A "B-Movie" - sometimes called a "Z-Movie" from South Africa. Made "underground" during Apartheid for the masses, these films were thrown away and then rediscovered and released. Not an original story, but it's interesting seeing the film knowing the historical context in which it was made. I applaud the effort of these actors and filmmakers and enjoyed this flick.
Imagine a porn studio was in charge of making a heist movie for $3,000? I really enjoyed watching this because it's something that I would never watch normally. You can tell this was not made for avid movie watchers since the characters explain everything they are thinking about. This has a cultural anthropology aspect to it and you should watch it. Heck, I think you'll have a good time.