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Story

An odd combination of consciousness-raising and run-of-the-mill action, Dangerous Ground features Ice Cube, mostly unbelievably, as a one-time South African native named Vusi. Vusi came to America at age 14 to escape police repression, and eventually reinvented himself as an American scholar and community-oriented volunteer. Called back to the old country to bury his father, Vusi discovers the new South Africa under Mandela, but also gets a snootful of the nation's surge in crime and drug usage. Sent to Johannesburg to retrieve a long-missing brother, Vusi allies himself with a coke-addicted stripper (Elizabeth Hurley) who knows the vanished man. The script and direction by Darrell James Roodt (Cry, the Beloved Country) seems to be serving various masters: viewers interested in epochal changes in South Africa, and viewers who want to kick back and watch a suspense movie about drugs, a hooker, and a nasty crime lord (Ving Rhames). The result is unwieldy, and Cube's thumping performance doesn't do much to bridge the gap. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Ice CubeVusi Madlazi
Elizabeth HurleyKaren
Greg LatterSam
Ving RhamesMuki

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Darrell Roodt
  • Producer: New Line
  • Length: 85 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 12, 1997
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
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