• Attack on Darfur (2009)


    Phase 4 films sure does pump a lot of movies out.  It's surprising really considering I never heard about them before I started working at Blockbuster.  This is one of their most recent ones to be released at rental stores.  Every once in a while you get an awesome movie from them, but this one was sort of in the middle.

    In an almost documentary style this film follows the journey of a group of journalists who are visiting the Darfur region of Sudan.  For those stupid Americans like myself, this is over there in Africa.  Apparently, a civil war has been going on over there since 1988; well more like genocide.  The reporters are heading to a small village in the center of the conflict to learn all about what is going on in the middle of what is essentially "hell".  For the first 30 minutes or so, it is primarily them interviewing villagers, as well as a full 5-10 minute clip of general village life which was really overdone.  The rest is just..slaughter, more so than any horror movie I have seen.

    The movie does a good job of portraying what is happening over there.  It's a "rage" movie, meaning you will be raging at these rebels as they run around butchering helpless villagers and raping the women.  This is not a movie for the faint of heart.  I once read that the big taboo with horror films was killing kids, but this film manages to take it to a whole new level.  Babies are impaled on spikes, mothers are raped after watching their children murdered right in front of them.  This shit can get really gruesome.

    Then as the movie ends, I see who the director is in the credits... "Uwe Boll".  Should have known!

    But regardless of his bad reputation, he definitely does a good job of shocking some emotion into you with this one.  I have read stories about Darfur since watching the movie, and assuming said stories are correct, the movie is actually accurate, even toned down some compared  to what is actually going on over there.

    Minus some slow parts, it's not a bad movie for its budget.  I guess educationally it's a good choice, it definitely made me more aware of the world. 

    Attack on Darfur gets a 3/5 making horror movies look like Disney movies.


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