As I started watching Tsotsi, I had a deep loathing for the main character. Tsotsi, played by Presley Chweneyagae, was a ruthless gang leader in Johannesburg, Africa. I wondered what happened to make such a young boy so evil and amoral. As the movie progressed, I found myself becoming more compassionate but not forgiving because his crimes were not easy to process. By the end of this film, which spanned over a 6 day period, I was moved to tears. In 2006, Tsotsi won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film as well as nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Film. Tsotsi was directed by Gavin Hood who was also nominated for a couple of European awards for his endless work on this film.
Tsotsi has a profound message and will cause you to do some soul searching. Love can heal many folks. The absence of love can do much damage and cause many significant problems. I believe this movie should be seen by all, if only to get you thinking about who you are when it comes to a situation like this in your own backyard. Tsotsi is on DVD and is available on Netflix’s instant watch. I urge you to check it out.
Ender’s Game is so realistic that I came away wondering if such a thing had already happened. From the casting of a puny looking kid, (played by Asa Butterfield) to a large, menacing Sergeant (played by Nonso Anozie) I knew this movie was going to be good. Gavin Hood (Director and Screenplay Writer) didn’t try to make this into a Hollywood spectacular production of bells and whistles, but instead stuck to the likely issues such as kid jealousy, rivalry and adult authority, as if it was really happening. Even the alien was painted in a better light than usual. I loved the ending and I loved the acting. Viola Davis played a compassionate Major who was not afraid to speak her mind, while Harrison Ford was the no nonsense Colonel who headed up the recruitment program.
The idea in this film was to recruit the genius mind of a child to lead his team against an alien who had attacked Earth some 50 years ago but who still lingered as a threat to our very existence. Children were used because of their extensive use of video war games and such. Who better to understand the necessary strategy to win a war. See this movie for more than the entertainment. I believe there is a profound message to be had.