|Zeitgeist Films | Release Date: June 27, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Lumumba revives the tradition of Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers" and Costa-Gavras' "Z" and "State of Siege." In substance and excitement, it joins their ranks.
From the start, a comprehensible, if necessarily simplified, sense of an extremely complicated moment in history.
There's nothing more incendiary than the reopening of a forgotten chapter of history --nothing more incendiary than telling the truth.
Structural shortcomings and all -- gives a neglected giant of African independence his due.
Gives a white-knuckled, you-are-there account of a politician's dilemma, one whose repercussions are still felt in Africa.
The film does succeed in making the story universal, giving us the drama as well as the history, the fire as well as cool examination. It's a movie that haunts you afterward.
The film is masterful in many ways, and brilliantly acted by its lead player, Eriq Ebouaney, but it's often overly dense and fast with information, background and ideas.
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