Sunday, 26 May 2013

CANNES' CLOSING FILM ZULU NOT POPULAR WITH CRITICS


Jerome Salle's South Africa-set thriller is tonight's closing night gala film, screening in the Grand Lumiere immediately after the closing ceremony. Not many reviews have surfaced for the film, but those which have are not very kind to it.

Justin Chang in Variety mentions that the 'heavy-handed' Zulu comes 'perilously close to soap opera', and comments on its violent content; his only positive words of note are on the film's technical package, specifically Alexandre Desplat's score. And, in The Hollywood Reporter, Deborah Young likes Forest Whitaker's performance (and writes that Orlando Bloom's fans may like the 'generous views of his bare-chested muscles, tattoos and six pack abs), but is also turned off by the film's conventionality and brutality.