Jérôme Salle (2013)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Orlando Bloom delivers what is arguably his best performance to date in this violent yet largely underwhelming crime thriller from French director Jérôme Salle. The setting is Cape Town, South Africa, where the Serious Violent Crime Unit is called in to investigate the grisly murder of a young white woman. After a mysterious narcotic is found in her system, two detectives (Bloom and Forest Whitaker) follow the trail to a dangerous, heavily armed gang who are involved with the production of this experimental drug. The gritty thrills that ensue are punctuated by generous helpings of intense violence and gratuitous nudity, yet the film (which is adapted from Caryl Ferey's novel) generates little drama or excitement along the way. Still, Whitaker is solid as the perpetually repressed chief detective, and it's great to see Bloom playing such a flawed character, even if his womanising, booze-chugging divorcee is a bundle of clichés.


Two South African police officers, one black and one white, investigate the murder of a teenage girl. The case brings to light the lingering consequences of apartheid, and forces both men to face up to their own roles in their country's brutal history. Crime drama based on Caryl Ferey's novel, with Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom.

Cast & Crew

Brian Epkeen Orlando Bloom
Ali Sokhela Forest Whitaker
Tara Tanya van Graan
David Epkeen Sven Ruygrok
Dan Fletcher Conrad Kemp
Director Jérôme Salle
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Other Information

Language: English / AfrikaansColourGuidance: Violence, nudity.Available on: DVD