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Starring: Tim Robbins, Derek Luke, Bonnie Henna
Director: Philip Noyce
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2006




- Audio Commentary with Philip Noyce, Robyn Slovo, Patrick Chammuso, Shawn Slovo, Tim Robbins, Derek Luke and Bonnie Henna
- Deleted Scenes



Languages: English/Japanese/Thai
Subtitles: English/Japanese/Thai Korean/Indonesian (Bahasa)
Mandarin Traditional
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 41 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




From the director of Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger comes Catch A Fire, a journey of sabotage, corruption and murder in Apartheid era South Africa. Academy Award winner Tim Robbins and Derek Luke star in this gripping thriller based on a true story. Set against a country in flames and two cultures at war. Catch A Fire is the searing story of a lone man driven to stand up and fight for himself, his family and his people.


There is something about political thrillers like this one that gets us all fired up and righteous about human rights, especially when issues like political, economic, or social discrimination are eminent. While the powerful images on screen make for powerful political statements, the underlying messages of movies like that demand deeper levels of understanding.

In what this reviewer terms as the “Angry Black Man” scenario, Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher, Glory Road) plays a real-life character Patrick Chamusso, who carries out attacks against the regime in South Africa’s troubled times during the 1980s. The poor man was an unassuming apolitical football coach until the system causes him and his wife to be jailed.

What’s the limit one can be pushed to, you wonder?

Director Philip Noyce is no stranger to politically-charged movies like this, considering his previous works Clear and Present Danger (1994) and The Quiet American (2002). With this latest work which missed its theatrical run in Singapore, Noyce takes on potentially touchy themes with the right amount of commentary and action-packed sequences.

The 101-minute movie has its fair share of exotically-filmed scenes in South Africa, as well as adrenalin-filled captivity sequences that will keep you at the edge of your seats. The movie may play out like a typical action thriller, but the performances of the main leads will draw you in as well.

Other than Luke’s emotionally-charged portrayal of the “Angry Black Man”, Tim Robbins’ distinctive performance will have you feeling for his policeman character too. The two men play an energetic game of police and thief which engages on an intellectual level.

Before the credits roll and you see the real Patrick Chamusso talking about forgiveness and redemption, there will a sense of righteousness that will make you see the unfair world in a different light.


This Code 3 DVD contains an audio commentary track by the film’s director, producer, screenwriter, actors and also the real-life Patrick Chammuso. Kudos to the DVD producers who managed to get everyone together to talk about the film – in an orderly manner! Also, there are four brief deleted scenes which further showcases Robbins’ subtle but powerful performance.


The disc’s visual transfer is clear enough to have you feel the angst and anguish of the characters, thanks to the, pardon the pun, fires and flames caught on screen. Also, there are several audio language tracks for viewers in the region on this Code 3 DVD.



Review by John Li


Other titles from HVN Berjaya:

. Man Of The Year

. Napoleon Dynamite

. Flushed Away

. Coach Carter

. Children Of Men

. Barnyard

. World Trade Centre

. Accepted

. Nacho Libre

. Stay Alive

. Miami Vice

. United 93

. You, Me and Dupree

. M:I:3

. Over The Hedge

. The Break-Up

. Curious George

. American Dreamz

. Bring It On All Or Nothing

. Aeon Flux

. Inside Man

. Elizabethtown

. Spongebob Squarepants Movie

. Four Brothers

. War Of The Worlds

. Munich

. Two for the Money

. King Kong

. American Pie: Band Camp

. Surviving Christmas

. Perfect Man, The

. Madagascar


This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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