Zulu

Starring: Orlando Bloom, Forest Whitaker, Conrad Kemp

Director: Jerome Salle

“Policemen Ali Sokhela and Brian Epkeen investigate the brutal murder of a young woman, apparently provoked by the availability of a new illegal drug that is somehow connected to the disappearance of black street children.”Zulu - At the movies - Suzanne Marshall

The movie takes place in Cape Town South Africa. The performances of the two main characters by Bloom and Whitaker are unbelievably good. Both characters are studies in human psychology with the Chief of homicide, Ali Sokhela, carrying the scars of his survival through the Apartheid years, wherein only he and his mother survived the brutalities that he witnessed as a young boy. Bloom’s character is a hard drinking, rough around the edges man with plenty of personal problems. They are, however, good police officers and out to solve the mysterious crime that leads us through a maze of seedy characters and harsh living conditions in the slums of Cape Town.

Zulu is rated “R” with very good reason. There is a lot of violence, grisly images, language and sexual content and nudity. As with any well directed movie it’s believable and therefore quite shocking in some scenes. You do get lost in the story however and once viewing has started it is very difficult to stop.

IMDB has rated this movie at 6.7/10 stars based on 12,158 viewers.

 by Suzanne Marshall

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