Cast - 70%
Story - 70%
Music Score - 50%
Effects/Quality - 50%
Originality - 80%
A South African movie about a story with a lot of heart, a true story inspired Dusi Canoe marathon gold medalists Siseko Ntondini and Piers Cruickshanks. There has been a lot of local publicity around this movie’s release and if you didn’t get a chance to watch it at the cinema, then you now have a chance to watch it on DVD. I personally enjoyed the movie as it was a uniquely South African but memorable as the story would touch anyone.
There is also a book and documentary based on this story, you can access more information using the following link: https://beyondtheriver.co.za/
The movie is about Duma who a talented young man trapped by his surroundings and finds himself gravitating towards criminal activities. After too many escapes from the law, he finds an escape in an old passion of his, canoeing. He meets Steve at the worst time in in his life, while he is a nine-time Dusi gold medalist the pressure has taken its toll on his marriage which is on the verge of collapse.
Their passions for canoeing are both driven by their need to escape their pasts. Unexpectedly the two men find themselves attempting the three-day Dusi Canoe Marathon as a doubles pair. They must overcome their cultural differences to realise the dream they both desperately desire which requires them to work together. As expected the ending is predictable as it follows Siseko Ntondini and Piers Cruickshanks, who together won gold in the 2014 Dusi.
This film really showcases the acting talent we have here in South Africa and the grit our people have in overcoming adversity. It’s a fresh break away from superhero and multiple movie story arch’s that are forever building up and growing movie franchise universes. It’s an honest and raw story that still shows heroism without going over the top.
Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital
Genre: Drama, True Story
Age Rating: PG
Estimated RRP: R100+
Release Date: April 2017