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Catch a Fire

Aussie Phillipe Noyce (The Quiet American, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Patriot Games) directs this dark political thriller set in South Africa during the turbulent 1980s. Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) portrays real-life hero Patrick Chamusso who was jailed and tortured after being wrongly suspected of sabotage at an oil refinery where he worked. Tim Robbins plays against type as a seemingly soulless colonel in the country's Police Security Branch whose cruel pursuit drives naïve, apolitical Patrick on a transformative quest to free his country from oppression by any means necessary. Noyce contributes a slick production, driving home (perhaps a bit too heavily) the story's modern-day metaphor. 98 minutes PG-13.