Escape From Pretoria (2020)

dir. Francis Annan. I love a good prison break movie, and this movie really scratched that itch. The political background is fascinating, giving more details to the struggle against Apartheid. Daniel Radcliffe’s South African accent is distracting at first, but then becomes natural. The central plot around the creation of wooden keys is fascinating, and filled with tension. I really enjoyed this. I know that Daniel Radcliffe has an acting life beyond Harry Potter, but I did find myself wondering more than once what an Escape from Azkaban movie would be like. The voice-over narration is not needed at all, and the movie would be better without it. The use of Mozart is wonderful.

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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