Four Corners is a movie about four people, from different walks of life, whose paths eventually cross. All of them have have an impact on each other in some way.
When Farakhan (Brendon Daniels), member of the 28s gang, is released from prison, he returns to his father’s home to avenge the death of his father. He kills the 26-er, who’s currently living there, and reclaims ownership of the house. Farakhan demands a “river of piece” while, in a stomach-churning fashion, using an iron to burn the 28 ink-symbol on his arm.
Meanwhile teenager, Ricardo (Jezzriel Skei) gets involved with the 26 gang. He is recruited by gang leader Gasant (Irshaad Ally), who uses young boys to do his dirty work for him. Ricardo is stuck between pursuing chess, and life as a pawn piece for a gang member.
The other storylines follow policeman Tito (Abduragman Adams) – who’s investigating a case involving a serial killer who targets young boys – and Leila(Lindiwe Matshikiza) – a doctor who returns home for her father’s funeral.
I really enjoyed the script, except for when that guy said ” ‘n Man sonder ‘n vlag, is ‘n man sonder ‘n vlag” (“a man without a flag is a man without a flag”). I had a huge problem with that. I waited for him to say something more philosophical, instead he said that. Captain Obvious! Ironically, that phrase has a huge influence on Cape pop culture now.
I didn’t care too much about the “serial killer” plot. I didn’t find it as interesting as the one involving the gangsters.
Among the stand-out performances, are Ally (who gives an amazing monologue before leading his crew in a gang raid), Skei, and Daniels (whom I recognise from his role as JP of the series, Vallei van Sluiers).
Due to piracy, a lot of people have watched this movie illegally and months before the theatrical release. However, in its first weekend of release, Four Corners was sold out a number of times at the V&A Waterfront.
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