Beyond the River

2017-04-26 09:44
Beyond the River

What it's about:

Two men from vastly different walks of life have one goal in common: to win Gold. But, there are a few things in their way. One has a marriage on the verge of collapse, and the other is on the run from the law and his life. They’ve also never competed as a team. Somewhere along the river of their lives, there’s a confluence of events that changes both of them.

What we thought:

Beyond the River ticks all the right boxes: engaging characters, an amazing cast and a great story. 

It’s right up there with some of the best underdog sports films ever made.

What makes this film really special is that it is a story about two South Africans and it is told with a lot of heart. 

The film is inspired by the true story of Siseko Ntondini and Piers Cruickshanks, who together competed in the 2014 Dusi.

The story follows the tried and tested formula: two people from different races and socio-economic circumstances form an unlikely team. 

To become the best they have to put their differences aside and learn to get to know each other and work together. Of course it’s not smooth sailing in the beginning and they both have to overcome personal obstacles. 

It might seem generic but it has elements of drama, suspense and adventure that keeps you entertained and at the edge of your seat.

The cinematography is beautiful and showcases the country to its fullest.

The lead actors Grant Swanby and Lemogang Tsipa have amazing chemistry and camaraderie. Both of them deliver stellar performances. 

A must mention is Israel Sipho Matseke (formerly Makoe). Known for playing thuggish roles this time around he plays a different kind of character and is a joy to watch. 

Beyond the River is a heart-warming, feel good movie that will inspire. It’s the perfect movie for South Africans right now. It’s a reminder that when we push our differences aside we can achieve great things together. 

It is a must watch!

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