August 26, 2006

The Trailer Park: Catch a Fire

Catch a Fire is the latest film from director Phillip Noyce, who also helmed Patriot Games and The Quiet American. It is a political thriller in the vein of The Constant Gardener, that tells the story of Patrick Chamusso. I have to say that the trailer looks fantastic (it was shot on location in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Mozambique).

Derek Luke plays Patrick, he is a hard worker on an oil field, plays soccer, and has a beautiful family. More important than all of that, he is apolitical. He lives in South Africa, and keeps himself removed from the political scene. He is successful at this, until he becomes the target of government sanctioned terror squads.

The brutality brought down upon him and his family forces him to choose a side. He takes action taking part in strikes against the government, even going so far as to undertake solo attacks. He is pushed to the point where he needs to take action, to stand up and fight for what he believes in.

The trailer looks excellent. Action and intrigue, all wrapped up in a story worthy of seeing on the big screen. I can only hope that the trailer is the promise and not the payoff of quality. The only thing that I found awkward was co-star Tim Robbins and his weird South African accent. It sounded weird coming out of his mouth.

The trailer is up at the Quicktime site, and is well worth your time. It is being released by Focus Films and is set for release on October 27,2006.

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