Movie: Viva Riva
Director: Djo Tundo Wa Munga
Cast: Patsha Bay; Manie Malone; Horji Fortuna
Release date: Out Now
After seeing the trailer for this movie I was two ways about it. After viewing it — I wanted more. Viva Riva is the directorial debut of Djo Tundo Wa Munga who has been hailed as an African Tarentino. The movie revolves around a street smart, charismatic hustler called Riva who shows up in fuel starved Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Riva steals a truck of fuel from his Angolan boss who is hot on his tail. This movie is dramatic, violent even romantic, as our main character finds himself in the midst of a love triangle, that ruffles a few feathers. A movie about violence, fuel shortages and hustling needs to have a balance of some sort or it ends up being gritty to the point of boredom. Viva Riva is perfectly balanced. There is the right amount of humor thrown in between the gun violence and the dramatic storyline. Be warned some of the scenes are of a hectic sexual nature. All in all it’s a must see, I mean It’s an African film.
4 out of 5 popcorn