Catch a Fire
Source: Catholic News Service
Intelligent if unevenly compelling drama set in apartheid-era South Africa that tells the real-life story of Patrick Chamusso (Derek Luke), a husband and father who abandons his apolitical stance and becomes a militant rebel fighter after he and his wife (Bonnie Henna) are wrongfully arrested and tortured by white police investigators (headed by Tim Robbins) in connection with an explosion at the oil refinery where he works. Despite all the right ingredients -- a solid cast, a worthy story, taut pacing and an accomplished director in Phillip Noyce -- the tale never ignites from an emotional standpoint. However, in exploring themes of racism and the timely issue of using violence as a means of political protest, the film ultimately advocates forgiveness as imperative in healing the wounds caused by hatred. Some violence, images of torture, an instance of rough language and a few crude expressions and racial slurs. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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