I write this review within the parameters of the facts that I know this director has a history of mega-violent pictures, and that I have never seen any of them except this one. I also have never seen "Hotel Rwanda" or "Sometimes in April," which are two movies similar to this one in that they both cover real-life African genocide. I did see, however, another very violent movie about African genocide called "Tears From The Sun."
That being said, within the limitations of my movie-viewing experiences, I must say, without exaggeration, that this is simply the most savagely violent movie I have ever seen!!!
The backdrop of the movie is a group of western journalists who visit a Darfurian village and interview residents about past attacks by the government-backed militia called the Janjaweed. However, as they are leaving, the Janjaweed return. That is the first half of the movie.
The second half of this movie, where the Janjaweed attack the village, and the powerlessness of the journalists to stop it, is where the worst savagery I've ever seen on film happens.
This is not a mindless action movie to "just sit back, put your feet up and kill time with."
A number of the actors in this movie are real-life Darfurian survivors, and much of the dialogue in this movie is unscripted.
Although the village in question and all of the characters are fictional, the movie itself accurately reflects the real-life genocide and the tactics used by the the Janjaweed to implement it.
As horrifying as this film is, I must say it is a very well-done film. The use of violence in a movie is not gratuitous or improper when it serves a good story, and, in the case of this movie, accurately depicts real events for the world to see and react to. But - I caution you - no film with gratuitous violence that I have ever seen in my life has ever had violence quite like this.
It is unfortunate that this movie did not get wide distribution in the USA (there's no way this movie could have been rated anything but NC-17 in the USA), because it could have informed millions more about this tragedy. Then again, it is far more unfortunate that such a holocaust took place in order to necessitate the making of this movie.