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The Rum Diary (Blu-Ray + DVD) (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Johnny Depp
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Seville Pictures
  • Release Date: Feb. 14 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B006H0SW66
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,656 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Based on the debut novel by Hunter S. Thompson. Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen's financial benefit, or use them to take the bastards down.

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Paul Kemp, un romancier, vient travailler à Porto Rico en tant que journaliste pour le San Juan Daily News, un journal sur le point de fermer. Entre son amour pour l'alcool et ses drôles de collègues, Paul Kemp est rapidement mêlé à de sordides trafics.

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Actor-producer Johnny Depp pays homage to his friend Hunter S. Thompson through this sprightly adaptation of the novelist's semi-autobiographical novel. Depp plays Paul Kemp, the booze-sozzled journalist who takes center stage in Bruce Robinson's period comedy. Out of desperation, the New Yorker takes a job with a San Juan newspaper in 1960, where he reports to the cynical Lotterman (Richard Jenkins) and shares a squalid flat with laid-back photographer Sala (The Sopranos' Michael Rispoli) and the truly unhinged "crime and religion" reporter Moburg (a scene-stealing Giovanni Ribisi). The three Ugly Americans do their best to drain the island's rum supply until Kemp meets Aaron Eckhart's slick Sanderson, who recruits the writer to promote his real estate ventures, regardless as to the number of poverty-stricken Puerto Ricans his hotels will displace. Politically, Kemp leans left, but he needs the dough, so he accepts the offer, only to find the ultimate temptation in Sanderson's uninhibited fiancée, Chenault (the stunning Amber Heard). It's a tricky balancing act, but when the natives start getting restless, Kemp risks losing everything. If the conclusion feels anticlimactic, Robinson keeps the antic energy going through nerve-wracking car chases, balletic cock fights, and a hilarious acid excursion that recalls the hotel trip-out in Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, to which Robinson's film serves as a less surrealistic cousin. If it isn't as certain to become a cult classic, like the director's equally inebriated Withnail and I, Depp and company always remain true to Thompson's irascible spirit. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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First up, I am a huge Hunter S Thompson fan, I also find Depp to be one of the best actors out there. So that being said, it's well known that the two were good friends (RIP Hunter I miss reading new stuff), Depp chased Thompson around before "Fear and Loathing" shot to study his character and they stayed friends untill his death. Depp was actually responsible for the million dollar tab of bulding a 150ft Gonzo cannon to spread Hunter's ashes for the funeral. Anyways, like "Fear and Loathing" this Gonzo tale has also gotten mediocre to negative reviews! Good news faithful readers, as usual critics (myself included) usually have no idea what they're talking about! (hee hee) This is a hilarious movie that's really entertaining, the screenplay was a good adaption of the book and I found the film really enjoyable. This was Hunter Thompson before anybody even knew he existed, a struggling writer trying to be find his way in the most bizarre and theatrical scenarios. We're lucky this book was ever released, after constant rejections for it early in his career Hunter shelved it for 30 years before releasing it. Great book, even better movie! Hope that helps, enjoy your popcorn...
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Just like "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" this is sharp stuff with outstanding performances. Johnny's characters are always interesting and entertaining.
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Good portrayal of an excellent HST book.
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Great cast, decent story loosely based on Hunter S. Thompson's life, gorgeous location filled with mystery and intrigue yet it fell so flat. I, honestly, cannot put my finger on it as to why it failed but I felt the story seemed to fizzle out.

DVD extras are nothing to write home about either.
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The DVD was damaged and wouldn't play. Very disappointing.
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