South African Action Thriller iNUMBER NUMBER Unleashes On Home Turf
And with good reason; the picture has been subsequently picked up for worldwide distribution (by XYZ Films for North America, and Hong Kong/Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films for the rest), and has already been optioned for a remake by Fast & Furious producers at Universal. South Africans will now finally, and firstly, be able to see the much hyped film, which had its local premier on April 22, and opens nationwide in the country today.
Star S'dumo Mtshali rose to fame in South Africa as the winner of a local reality TV show, Class Act, in which contestants competed for a contract with a top actor's agent, an eight-week course at the New York Film Academy School of Film and Acting, and a role in a television commercial. His co-star, Presley Chweneyagae, will be recognizable as the lead from South Africa's Best Foreign Picture Oscar winner, Tsotsi.
Director Donavon Marsh is best known for a pair of coming-of-age comedies about boarding school in South Africa, Spud and Spud 2, based on the extremely popular autobiographical books by John van de Ruit. If you live in South Africa and want to see what is arguably the first great, truly homegrown, action thriller (District 9 was not locally produced), then get out there and catch this gem.
From the director of Spud comes ruthless, ego-tripping men deep in the heart of Johannesburg's decaying industrial wasteland. When honest undercover cop Chili Ngcobo and his by-the-book partner, Sello 'Shoes' Moshoeshoe are cheated out of a large reward by their corrupt superiors, Chili finds another way of getting the money he feels they deserve. Chili penetrates a cash-in-transit heist gang, and instead of busting them, convinces his partner to participate in a once off score.