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The Rum Diary (Blu-ray)

Released on 05 March 2012

Featuring: Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart & Michael Rispoli

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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Based on the debut novel by Hunter S. Thompson which initiated his long, distinguished and brilliantly unpredictable career, The Rum Diary tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp). Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the late 50's version of Hemmingway's lost generation, Paul soon becomes increasingly obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart), a businessman involved in shady property development deals.

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 Average rating (3 reviews)

 Johnny Depp is brilliant

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Gripping, funny, thrilling an excellent film made great by another brilliant performace by Johnny Depp, a must watch.

 A Boring Mess.

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The Rum Diary is a comedy drama starring Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Michael Rispoli and Giovanni Ribisi.

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas has become a cult classic and many people were egerly anticipating Johnny Depp's return to Hunter S Thompson teritory. Sadly The Rum Diary fails to live up to those expectations.

Depp himself is the main problem with a bland and boring performance in the leading role. Eckhart has nothing to work with and Heard is clearly only there for her beauty. Rispoli is fun but you cannot help wish Benicio Del Toro had taken his role. Only Ribisi manages to produce an interesting character.

This is the first movie Bruce Robinson (Withnail And I) has directed in nearly 20 years and unfortunately it shows. The Rum Diary is a mess with comedy moments which fail to be funny and a plot which leaves the viewer confused.

The Rum Diary should have been a whole lot better but fails to be anything other than boring mainly due to Depp phoning in his performance and a director clearly suffering from being away too long.

 Don't be fooled by the trailer.

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2 stars as the earlier reviewer gave it sums this up really well. The trailer had looked good. Johnny Depp does chose some nothing roles. I haven't seen him in much better than Donny Brasco. This Rum Diary is an interesting period. Early 60's. Aaron Ekhart is wasted in his role. Amber Heard is stunning and has a good chemistry with Depp, even though she is much younger. The newspaper editor is good fun. Sadly the story goes nowhere and our cast who are drunk through most of the movie just go from one disaster to another. With a bit more substance to the story, this could have been great. So many of Depp's movies seem odd choices and while he is a very good actor you just wish someone could chose his roles for him. He just seems to avoid mainstream, historic or popular roles, instead going for quirky, odd and whimsical characters easily forgotten when the 2 hours are up.

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ActorsJohnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli, Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribisi, Amaury Nolasco, Marshall Bell, Bill Smitrovich, Julian Holloway, Bruno Irizarry, Enzo Cilenti, Aaron Lustig, Natalia Rivera & Karen Austin
DirectorBruce Robinson
Certificate15 years and over
Year2011
Screen1.85:1
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration1 hour and 59 minutes (approx)