Escape from Pretoria – Intense at Times
Director: Francis Annaa
Writer: Francis Annan, L.H. Adams (Screenplay) Tim Jenkin (Book)
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber, Ian Hart, Mark Leonard Winter, Nathan Page, Grant Piro
Plot: Based on the real-life prison break of two political captives, Escape From Pretoria is a race-against-time thriller set in the tumultuous apartheid days of South Africa.
Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Escape from Pretoria starts when two freedom fighters in South Africa Tim Jenkin (Radcliffe) and Stephen lee (Webber) are sent to prison for their part in sending a message during the conflict. Once in prison they quickly learn how difficult Pretoria is to escape from guided around the prison by Denis Goldberg (Hart).
Tim, Stephen, Denis and Leonard Fontaine (Winter) join forces, they look for a plan to escape the prison, scheming behind the guards backs, in an intense environment to make it out.
Thoughts on Escape from Pretoria
Thoughts – Escape from Pretoria follows two freedom fighters that are put in prison and plan to make their escape, knowing they aren’t meant to be serving the time they have been given. This is a film that is filled with intense moments, watching the plans come together, which are completely full-on edge of your seat. The weaker the side of the film goes on to be rest, not diving into the bigger picture of how the guards don’t seem to be alert in anyway. This is a great prison escape movie, based on the real events. The performances are great, with Daniel Radcliffe and Daniel Webber in the leading roles, never letting the film circle around any individual incident, focus on what is important to them. If you do want to see the bigger side of the history behind the events, this won’t let you know about the bigger problems that were going on though.
Signature Entertainment presents Escape from Pretoria on Digital Platforms and Blu-ray & DVD 28th February.
Final Thoughts – Escape from Pretoria is filled with intense moments to cover up the slower moments in the film.