Bad policeman turned good

Friday April 18 2008

By Moses Serugo

CINEMA
Bad policeman turned good

Street Kings
Starring: Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker
Rating: R
Show Times: 12, 2.15, 4.30, 7.15 & 9.30pm
Our take: ?????

Here is yet another chance to see Forest Whitaker’s versatility at play following his Academy Award winning portrayal of Idi Amin in The last King of Scotland at last year’s Oscars. He is not the leading man here. Keanu Reeves is and the hunky actor plays Tom Ludlow, a veteran LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) vice cop who spits racist venom onto a gang of Koreans who are responsible for the death of his partner Detective Terrance Washington. He then storms their hide out and shoots them dead. He however rescues two girls that the gang had been peddling to paedophiles.

This makes him a bad cop-turned-good hero of sorts but not everyone is happy that he spits out insults like bullets. Among them is Captain Walker (Forest Whitaker) who is concerned that the rash detective is taking the case too personally. Now, as Captain Walker attempts to convince Ludlow to work within the confines of the law, Internal Affairs Captain Biggs begins following the vengeful lawman’s every move.

In order to accomplish his mission, Ludlow recruits fresh-faced Robbery Homicide Detective Diskant to trace Washington’s killers through the winding streets of Los Angeles.

Later, when Ludlow and Diskant come face to face with the remorseless cop-killers, they must choose between upholding the law and seeking bitter vengeance. Street Kings director David Ayer wrote the screenplay for Training Day and had his directorial debut with Harsh Times (2006).

Critics have however described this new film as more like L.A. Confidential reduced to a board game.

Making a living as con artistes

Kiwani: The ovie
Hannington Bugingo, Juliana Kanyomozi and Allan Tumusiime
Showing at National Theatre
Times: Saturday 4 & 7p.m. and Sunday 4p.m.

The lyrics to ghetto star Bobi Wine’s 2007 monster hit Kiwani provide the subject of this new film that hauled in Kampala’s glitterati at its lavish premiere last Saturday.

Ordinary folks have a chance to see budding screenwriter and director Henry H. Ssali’s take on urban white-collar in Kampala. The story centres on two Wilson Road fraudsters known in local parlance as bafere and the methods they employ to rip off innocent people by way of sophisticated scams.

It also delves into how these crooks spend their deceit-acquired cash on gullible university girls that prefer partying to academics. The film uses real life scenarios of get-rich-quick schemes gone bad, greed, backstabbing, lies and a sprinkling of romance to mirror contemporary Ugandan life in a hilarious way. Kiwani: The Movie has Theatre Factory comic Hannington Bugingo as its leading man playing Kaggwa, a smart conman who never runs out of scenes to con his unsuspecting victims.

Former Coca Cola/MTVbase VJ search runner up Allan Tumusiime is a supporting actor playing Mwesigye, a small-time conman and phone thief. Ugandan pop princess Juliana Kanyomozi rounds off the principal cast and plays Judith, a lovelorn corporate lady who is looking for love on the Internet with disastrous results.

Capital FM’s Flavia Tumusiime, KFM’s Fred Sakura and Daily Monitor’s Full Woman Editor Flora Aduk also form part of this Ugandan production’s ensemble cast.

MOVIES ON TV
Casino Royale

James Bond’s first 007 mission takes him to Madagascar, where he is to spy on a terrorist Mollaka. Bond decides to investigate, independently of the MI6 agency. He encounters Dimitrios and his girlfriend, Solange. He learns that Dimitrios is involved with Le Chiffre, banker to the world’s terrorist organisations. Secret Service intelligence reveals that Le Chiffre is planning to raise money in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro at Le Casino Royale. MI6 assigns 007 to play against him, knowing that if Le Chiffre loses, it will destroy his organisation.
Showing on M-Net (DStv101), Sunday at 8p.m.

Grease

1950s teens Danny (John Travolta) and Australian transfer Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) spend their “Summer Nights� falling in love, but once fall comes, it is back to Rydell High and its cliques. As one of the bad boy T-Birds, Danny has to act cool for best pal Kenickie. Despite befriending Frenchy, one of the rebel Pink Ladies, virginal Sandy is “too pure to be Pink,� as the Ladies’ leader Rizzo acidly observes. Sandy and Danny split, reconcile and split again amidst a pep rally, dances, drive-ins, and a drag race, before deciding “You’re the One That I Want� at the climactic carnival.
Showing on M-Net Stars (DStv154) tonight at 8.30p.m.

RENT THIS
Bordertown

Lauren Fredricks (Jennifer Lopez) is an ambitious newspaper reporter, who has been sent to Juarez by her editor to investigate what has happened to hundreds of women and how the local police and authorities have been covering up the brutal rapes and murders. Lauren looks up her former colleague (and lover) Alfonso Diaz, who now runs the local paper, and they soon uncover one of the hottest stories of the year when they come across the only known survivor of one of these mysterious attacks. The victim is reluctant to speak, but Lauren convinces her to break the silence.
Available at Punchline, Uchumi Garden City

AMAKULA
Hustle and Flow

DJay, a streetwise Memphis hustler tries to find a voice and realise his long-buried dreams. DJay wonders what happened to all the big dreams he had for his life. A chance encounter with an old friend, Key, a sound engineer who has always wanted to make it in the music business, spurs Djay. With the impending visit to Memphis of hometown platinum-selling rapper Skinny Black, DJay has to make one last hustle if he’s ever going to flow.
Showing tonight at the Amakula Culture Club, Mengo at 7p.m.

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