Catch a Fire Synopsis
A South African oil worker becomes a freedom fighter after a run-in with a government terror squad.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The movie belongs to Luke, who brings the heroic Chamusso to life as richly as Forest Whitaker does the evil Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in...
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Screenwriter Shawn Slovo -- whose white parents were anti-apartheid activists in South Africa -- ends his finely tuned screenplay on a note...
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Luke, who seems to have been marking time since his impressive debut in the title role of Denzel Washington's "Antwone Fisher" four years...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Luke, who had the title role in Denzel Washington's directorial debut, "Antwone Fisher," is that rare actor who can convey profound inner...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
With the same affinity for stories of culture clash he showed in "The Quiet American" and "Rabbit-Proof Fence," director Phillip Noyce...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
This deeply moving and disturbing film derives power from being based on the true story of a black South African who does everything...
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70

Wall Street Journal

An affecting story of punishment and crime, of betrayal and redemption marred by preachiness and a treacly ending, Catch a Fire is notable...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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Comparisons to "Hotel Rwanda" make sense up to a point - both feature heroes who have the scales removed from their eyes - but "Fire" is no...
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
In Catch a Fire Noyce has caught the holy spirit. The movie is a thriller that wants to lift you up.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though preachy at times, Catch a Fire is a well-constructed action thriller elevated by Luke's performance.
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Rated PG-13 | For thematic material involving torture and abuse, violence and brief language
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Gritty apartheid drama pushes PG-13 limits.
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