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Violent cop thriller Zulu closes Cannes 2013


Story by Jack Foley

VIOLENT cop thriller Zulu has closed the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, attracting indifferent reviews in the process.

Directed by Jerome Salle and starring Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker, the film was adapted from a novel of the same name by Caryl Fere and follows two cops investigating a crime during the days of Apartheid. It was shot entirely on location in South Africa.

But without slamming it, critics have largely been left underwhelmed by the film because of its generic nature.

Justin Chang, of Variety, wrote that “the unhealed wounds of post-apartheid South Africa get a brutal but superficial once-over” before adding that the film “is stacked with cliches and contrivances that fail to resonate with any real specificity or authenticity, the fine location work notwithstanding”.

The Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, opined that Zulu is “a well-constructed and professionally lensed French policier [that] fails to make good use of its South African location and slips into familiar violent genre fare”.

It felt that the film was “distinguished only by Forest Whitaker’s deeply resonant performance as a detective and its South African setting”.

Cine-Vue, meanwhile, dismissed it as “a very ordinary thriller which not even the novelty of its locations can redeem”.

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