I’m not down on Ryan Phillipe, Malin Akerman, or the abtastic Taylor Kitsch, but they aren’t known as acting chameleons along the lines of Christian Bale or Gary Oldman, so to ask all three to adopt the notoriously difficult South African accent is a tall order.
One that, predictably, goes unfilled in The Bang Bang Club. The movie center on photographers with the high-risk assignment of documenting the end of apartheid in South Africa in the early 90’s. What could have been a compelling narrative ends up looking like the Deep Impact to The Blood Diamond‘s Armageddon.
Phillipe, you’re plenty handsome and a fine actor, but you’re no Leo DiCaprio. Taylor Kitsch, you’re plenty handsome…(awkward silence). If this was a fictional story, it wouldn’t fall quite short of expectations (based on this trailer, anyway) but as the subject matter is real, it feels like the team fell short of their goal. Apparently only good-looking people were allowed to photograph South Africa after apartheid. I had no idea. (Playlist)