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Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2010)



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Starting off with simple smash and grabs, and petty crime, Lucky Kunene quickly graduates to more aggressive heists such as armed robbery and carjacking. Soon, Lucky realizes he needs a bigger score to fulfill his goals of making it big, and escaping from the slums, to a dream house by the sea. Kunene hatches an elaborate and violent plan to make his fortune - hijacking buildings from landlords of Johannesburg tenements by winning the favor of the tenants and then holding their rent hostage from the landowners. His trouble with the law, coupled with an escalating war between a local drug lord, creates a tense standoff: both sides are closing in, and Kunene must stay one step ahead-or his empire, and his life, will come crashing down.

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Rapulana Seiphemo
as Lucky Kunene
Ronnie Nyakale
as Zakes Mbolelo
Shelly Meskin
as Leah Friedland
Jafta Mamabolo
as Young Kunene
Motlatsi Mahloko
as Young Zakes
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Critic Reviews for Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (12)

The film captures the strife tearing the city apart, and how one man fought against the system and won in his own way, on his terms.

September 12, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Despite the familiar ground, Ralph Ziman manages to orchestrate an engrossing and energetic film full of memorable characters and a wicked soundtrack.

July 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

Sadly things unwind and the movie loses power with covert special pleading for the wiseguy protagonist, who is supposed to be morally superior to obviously vindictive white cops or evil drug dealer rivals.

July 8, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film pays its dues to the classics. Not only does it lovingly rip off a truck heist from Heat, but Lucky and his gang actually sit down and watch Heat for tips.

July 8, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

rags-to-riches tale cut from the same cloth as City of God, Goodfellas and Scarface.

July 7, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A cheerfully violent South African ramble about a gangster unwilling to "sit on his arse waiting for Mandela". Initially intriguing, it collapses in an hour.

July 7, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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