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Movie Review – Five Fingers for Marseilles (2017)

Five Fingers for Marseilles, 2017.

Directed by Michael Matthews.

Starring Vuyo Dabula, Hamilton Dhlamini, Zethu Dlomo, Kenneth Nkosi, Mduduzi Mabaso, Aubrey Poolo, Lizwi Vilakazi, Warren Masemola, Dean Fourie, Anthony Oseyemi, Brendon Daniels, and Jerry Mofokeng.

Synopsis:

Lives change forever when Tau, the young lion, kills two corrupt policemen in a South African shanty town.

Five Fingers For Marseilles isn’t so much a revisionist western, more a direct transplant of tropes deeply woven into the films of John Wayne/John Huston into a post-Apartheid South Africa. The final third, a fantastically choreographed battle sequence seems transposed from Seven Samurai or Yojimbo, a mirror of Clint Eastwood and John Wayne, all blood splattering on sand and dust.

Matthews opens with a lengthy prologue. The titular “Five Fingers’ are a gang of youths finding comfort in their friendship amidst poverty and discrimination in the outskirts of railroad town Marseilles. As those around them are brutalized,

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