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Dangerous Ground

Director: Darrell James Roodt
Writers: Greg Latter and Darrell James Roodt
Director of Photography:Paul Gilpin
Editor:David Heitner
Music:Stanley Clarke
Production Designer:Dimitri Repanis
Producers:Gillian Gorfil and Darrell James Roodt
New Line; R; 92 minutes
Release:2/97
Cast:Ice Cube, Elizabeth Hurley, Sechaba Morojele, Eric “Waku” Miyeni and Ving Rhames

It's tough to take a preachy film seriously when it condemns violence then revels in it. Ice Cube's flat performance amplifies the problem. Summoned back to his native South Africa for his father's funeral after spending 12 years in the United States, Vusi (Ice Cube) learns his youngest brother, Steven (Miyeni), now a drug addict, is missing and owes money to a drug lord (Rhames). Vusi and Steven's white stripper girlfriend, Karen (Hurley), search for Steven on Johannesburg's seamy streets. Vusi resorts to vigilante justice that turns unnecessarily gruesome. Hurley's crack-addicted vamp breathes life into an otherwise unwatchable movie.


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