I LOVE dirty cop flicks, and this one had so many elements that play right into my interests: Early 80’s, South Africa, bank robbery, Thomas Jane, Uzis!
But the film doesn’t work. The big reason why is it never quite figures out what it’s about. Is it a message film about Apartheid? Is it a relationship drama? Is is a heist film? Simply, there is too much going on for us to understand who the hell this Stander guy is. Which is unfortunate, because he’s such an interesting character: Ex-cop turned bank robber who once robbed five banks in one day. Fuck yeah! Of course I want to see a movie about this guy. But herein lays the real problem. There was so much great stuff to work with that the filmmakers lost focus. If they made it a smaller film, it would have worked better. They took on too much, and the narrative suffers.