Africa United

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An inferior, kiddie spin on the exotic high jinks and low lives of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, this well-meaning but scrappy British film was shot entirely on location in Rwanda, Burundi and South Africa and could be subtitled ‘Five Go Footie Mad in Africa’. It tells of a fictional road trip from Rwanda to the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg by five African youngsters of different backgrounds (one is middle class, one an ex-child soldier, one a sex worker) and demands that you come to it with a good heart and forgiving children, as most adults will find its caricatures and whiz-bang bonhomie hard to stomach. The makers do their best to paper over an undemanding script with bouncy music, quick cuts and musical montages, and you have to admire the young actors’ spirited acting and the film’s willingness to place HIV in the foreground. Eriya Ndayambaje as the bubbly, metaphor-mixing (‘The world is your ostrich!’) leader of the pack is especially fun and the landscapes are enticing.

Release details

Release date: Friday October 22 2010
Duration: 87 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Debs Gardner-Paterson
Cast: Eriya Ndayambaje
Roger Nsengiyumva
Sanyu Joanita Kintu

Average User Rating

3.4 / 5

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  • 1 star:0
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Jamie-Leigh Roberts

I think that the film was really good, I enjoyed it and it was quite a laugh most people in my form enjoyed the film to and found it enjoyable. The bad thing I thought about the film was the way they portrayed the African people, but mostly from that I enjoyed it I think the film is suitable for people over the age of 12 because there’s some words in there which people younger than 12 might not know of. I didn’t feel like falling asleep during the film as it made my eyes stay wide open and want to watch more of the film, at the end of the film I think that it was a rubbish ending and they could of made it much better, I also think to continue the good effort they should make a second film out of it called Africa united 2. If they did make a second film of it I would defiantly go to the cinema to watch it even buy it once it had come out on DVD/blue ray .

Smiler

I enjoyed this film and so did members of my family teenage and adult. It centers around the common understanding between fans for the love of football. It had an entertaining script, did not skirt around hard and often real dilemmas while presenting a platform for the power of positive thought, redemption (or rehabilitation) and ambition; Whether that was via education, street savvy, religon or self awareness and remorse ... It was a simple, colourful presentation accessable by kids and adults alike.

Smiler

I enjoyed this film and so did members of my family teenage and adult. It centers around the common understanding between fans for the love of football. It had an entertaining script, did not skirt around hard and often real dilemmas while presenting a platform for the power of positive thought, redemption (or rehabilitation) and ambition; Whether that was via education, street savvy, religon or self awareness and remorse ... It was a simple, colourful presentation accessable by kids and adults alike.

filmoldie

I expected a better, more thought-provoking film from reviews I had read. I lived in Africa in 1970s and would have liked more of the magnificent landscapes to have been shown. But most of all I felt that all the issues e.g. child soldiers, enforced prostitution etc were treated very shallowly. Bubu was well acted. Re "Christian" comments above, I was completely unaware that that was supposedly being portrayed

Sarah_W

I won't start arguing back against the furious Christians. I'll turn the other cheek. But I still feel the same... The MILLIONS spent on this self-indulgent project would have been put to much better use if given as direct aid to the concerns it highlights. This was too much money to spend on such an inexperienced team's vanity project (who, for some reason, are surprised it didn't fare better with the general audience.) We want to be entertained and engaged, not patronized. (I'll await my next telling-off, shall I?)

critique

Lively, colourful adventure story, full of loveable performances and beautiful scenery.

Paul

Innocent enough film, not even close to Slumdog, but yes the actors try hard to please. Neither one thing or another so left perplexed. But at least I avoided Helen Mirren waving big guns around, whereas child rebels and guns are properly covered here.

scrumpyjack

THE WORST FILM SINCE REMEMBER ME. AVOID 2+/10BTW, I HAVE NEVER GIVEN A FILM ONE STAR ON THIS FORUM TIL TODAY

Yvonne_W

It was deeply refreshing to watch a film based in Africa where my first thoughts on seeing the trailer was "the Goonies!". It plays like a fun family adventure film, not a disguised form of social commentary so for doing what it says on the box plus the style of the film, the gorgeous animated story and the fantastic soundtrack I loved it!

Yvonne_W

It was deeply refreshing to watch a film based in Africa where my first thoughts on seeing the trailer was "the Goonies!". It plays like a fun family adventure film, not a disguised form of social commentary so for doing what it says on the box plus the style of the film, the gorgeous animated story and the fantastic soundtrack I loved it!

farmer mellen

I saw this film in preview and really enjoyed it. Its not perfect, but then what do you expect for only a couple of million dollars? Given the budget and timescale, I think the producers and director have done a fantastic job. As far as I understand, there's no "Christian money" funding it - its been paid for from a selction of sources (warner bros, pathe, the film council) as would any other film.

Benh7

There are so few films based in the African continent and I think this is really enjoyable.

Benh7

There are so few films based in the African continent and I think this is really enjoyable.