A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie explores "the price of freedom," and what that meant for those who struggled to end apartheid in South Africa. While the action is centered on a violent altercation between rebels and police in South Africa during apartheid, the movie takes the time to look at the ways in which these racist policies and the injustices and inequality they created caused pain and suffering for people of color.
Positive Role Models
While one may question their methods, the lead characters are determined to end apartheid in South Africa. Christine, the daughter of a government minister, is one of the people held hostage in the bank, and instead of using her privilege to gain an early release, she chooses to bear witness against apartheid and to speak out against it at tremendous risk to her life.
Shows a vast cross-section of South Africans, including a Black African woman raised by White parents who struggles with her identity due to the segregation and injustice of apartheid.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters shot and killed with guns, machine guns, sniper rifles. Stabbing death. Car chases. Gunfights on a busy street.
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"F--k" used a few times. Also: "s--t," "damn," "piss," "crap," "bastards," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A lot of cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Silverton Siege is a 2022 South African thriller in which three anti-apartheid guerilla fighters hold a bank hostage and demand the release of Nelson Mandela. There are some violent moments, including characters shot and killed, and characters stabbed and killed; some blood. A car chase culminates in a shootout on a busy public street, resulting in some casualties. Some profanity, including "f--k." A lot of cigarette smoking. The movie is set in South Africa in 1980, and along with all the action and violence, the movie explores the idea of freedom and how much people are willing to pay to attain it. The movie also reveals a large cross-section of South African society and the many ways in which people responded to and lived in an oppressive segregated society. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a nonstop and tense action movie that also makes a pointed comment about what it means to fight for freedom in an unjust society. Set in and around Pretoria, South Africa in 1980 during apartheid, Silverton Siege is "inspired by true events," and what starts off as a more-or-less action-thriller replete with car chases, fighting with guns, and a hostage standoff becomes something more meaningful. What emerges is a kind of microcosm of South African society during apartheid -- those who fought the system, the racists who benefitted from the system, and people of privilege who used that privilege to join in the struggle against it.
It raises uncomfortable questions about the lengths people are willing to go to attain freedom, equality, and justice, which just makes an already fast-paced action movie that much better. This is a welcome change for a genre more known for being a guilty pleasure.
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