Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday Movies You Aught to See: Catch a Fire

Regardless of whether the decade ended already ended in 2009 or will end at the close of the current year, the 2000s were a wonderful period of cinema with many treasures that deserve to be remembered. Check in at Movies with Abe on Mondays for Movies You Aught to See, a look back at memorable movies from the aughts. They are posted in no particular order, and if you have a great film from the 2000s that you think merits consideration, leave a note in the comments!

Catch a Fire
Directed by Phillip Noyce
Released October 27, 2006

Before three films from 2009 (“Invictus,” “Skin,” and “District 9”) explored race relations in South Africa through history and metaphors, this small film from the director of “Rabbit-Proof Fence” and “The Quiet American” provided a complex and moving look at the apartheid conflict. It’s a fascinating portrait of a man who, after being arrested, tortured, and falsely accused of being a terrorist, decides that it’s time for him to take a stand and join resistance members in their fight. It showcases excellent performances from Derek Luke as the insurgent in question and Tim Robbins as the officer who pursues him. It’s a subtle film that cuts deep into racial tensions and offers an intriguing look at cause and effect in the most volatile of situations. Check out the preview above to get a taste of this underrated film.

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