(Rapulana Seiphemo, Robert Hobbs, Ronnie Nyakale, Kenneth Nkosi, Louise Saint-Claire, et al / DVD / R / 2010 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: Inspired by a true story, Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema is an unflinching look into the crime, corruption and the transgressions of those looking to survive in the most crime-infested district of Johannesburg.
DVD Verdict: 'Gangster's Paradise-Jerusalema' is inspired by a true story, and aside from featuring an unflinching look into the crime, corruption and the transgressions of those looking to survive in the most crime-infested district of Johannesburg, reveals a soul that, once viewed you will find hard to ignore.
The film follows the rise and fall of Lucky Kunene (Rapulana Seiphemo) who eventually graduates from petty crime to more aggressive heists like armed robbery and carjacking. In order to realize his dream of a house by the sea, Lucky hatches an elaborate and violent plan to make his fortune hijacking buildings from landlords of Johannesburg tenements by convincing the tenants to let him hold their rent hostage from the landlords.
His high-profile real estate acquisitions attract the attention of the police, as well as escalating a war between local drug lords.
The trouble is things get more complicated when Lucky begins a relationship with Leah, an upper class white girl from the suburbs who has a drug addicted brother. Now, Lucky must avoid the cops and keep peace in his buildings if he wants to make it out of Johannesburg alive and live happily ever after in that beach house with Leah.
Rapulana Seiphemo as 'Lucky' is dynamite in this role; simply amazing. Gritty, indepth, thoughtful, it is hard to picture any other actor more suited to the role. But, please know that this film does not disguise how many wrong doings, how many nasty elements there are to living the life they (must) lead. Indeed, it makes NO excuses for its main character, this wondefully-created, property entrepreneur; if you wish. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary with Producer/Writer/Director Ralph Ziman, Composer Alan Lazar and Actor Jafta Mamabolo