Parents' Guide to

Silverton Siege

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tense, violent South African thriller set during apartheid.

Movie NR 2022 101 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Freedom will cost you everything.

Started off to watch a movie while doing some stuff but I was unable to do anything as I was hooked to watch from start to end. The main characters' acting makes you want more. This movie doesn't patronize terrorists or the crimes they make. This movie also didn't show too much blood and violence. Instead, the movie evokes the nationality in you and shows that violence doesn't always solve your or your nation's problems. Refreshing to watch and the message for freedom is strong. As a citizen of a colonized country, watching "Silverton Siege" triggered a lot of emotions and made me re-think about my perception of freedom.
age 15+

1st time Director wanted 60% factual, created 100% doubtful

Silverton Siege is based upon a real life siege in South Africa 1980. As depicted in the film, the three antagonists enter the bank and take hostages - This now ends our 60% factual commitment from the Director. The events of the actual Silverton Siege are very violent and disturbing, and I'll let you all look up the details. Overall this film, Silverton Siege, tells of events in 1 hour 40 minutes in what should have taken 20 minutes to capture - the rest of the film is to exponate and exaggerate only a very small portion of actual events.

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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