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Saturday, October 29, 2011

In Theaters : THE RUM DIARY (2011)

Official Synopsis : Based on the debut novel by Hunter S. Thompson. Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen's financial benefit, or use them to take the bastards down.

Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery

What to Expect : Wacky crime story set on an exotic backdrop with a cool ensemble cast. It's just the kind of off-beat stuff Johnny Depp does so well, although the rambling tone of the movie might discourage some viewers who perhaps expected something else.

Critical Response : Mixed. Critics were divided on the positive and negative sides of "The Rum Diary". Many applauded Depp's efforts and couldn't find anything bad to say about his performance, but the rest of the movie fired up great differences among critics. The general opinion is that the movie is a "woozy mess" without any real drama, a movie that "depends more on tone and atmosphere than narrative strength". Rated 51% on Rottentomatoes.com from 46 positive and 45 negative reviews.

More Details : 

  • Starring : Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Jenkins, Amaury Nolasco.

  • Director : Bruce Robinson.

  • Screenplay : Bruce Robinson, based on Hunter S. Thompson's book.

  • Running Time : 120 min.

  • Rating : R for language, brief drug use and sexuality.

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