The Bang Bang Club is the real life story of a group of four young combat photographers - Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek - bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. They risked their lives and used their camera lenses to tell the world of the brutality and violence associated with the first free elections in post Apartheid South Africa in the early 90s. This intense political period brought out their best work (two won Pulitzers during the period) but cost them a heavy price. Based on the book of the same name by Marinovich and Silva, the film stars Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch and explores the thrill, danger and moral questions associated with exposing the truth.
- Steven Silver
- Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch
- Action and Adventure
A based-on-real-life saga that turns bloody reality into bloodless drama.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 04.21.2011
Club's entertainment value suffers at the expense of trying to capture the events as they happened.Peter Debruge, Variety, 04.18.2011
Captures this brutal time - which led to the country's first free, multiracial elections in 1994 and the end of apartheid - in vivid, often bold, but never overpowering strokes.Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 04.21.2011
This is one of those relatively rare movies that gets better and smarter as it goes along...Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 04.23.2011