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The Rum Diary

Director: Bruce Robinson Release Date: October 2011 Writers: Bruce Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson Run Time: 120 Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller     Tagline: One part outrage. One part justice. Three parts rum. Mix well. Review: Rum Diary was an interesting movie that told the story of a writer at a crossroads in his life who […]

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  • Director: Bruce Robinson
  • Release Date: October 2011
  • Writers: Bruce Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson
  • Run Time: 120
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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Tagline: One part outrage. One part justice. Three parts rum. Mix well.

Review: Rum Diary was an interesting movie that told the story of a writer at a crossroads in his life who flees to Puerto Rico in 1960 to either find something better in himself or get lost in a river of rum.

Johnny Depp goes a good job as a failing novelist who takes to journalism for the San Juan Star in hoping that writing something will help him ultimately succeed at writing novels. Depp is captivating in every scene, as his character falls into endless trouble but finds ways out. Ultimately, the chaos around him helps Depp’s character find focus and purpose.

Michael Ribosi does an outstanding job as Depp’s sidekick and American guide to Puerto Rico. Ribosi’s character survives on rum and the occasional hamburger. Despite his characters self-destructive nature, his character adds warmth and humanity to the film.

I initially went to see Rum Diary for its setting in Puerto Rico. I have lived in Puerto Rico and visited many times. The rural settings accurately depict the rural Puerto Rican lifestyle even today. And the beauty of the island and Old San Juan is captured nicely throughout the movie, albeit less than I hoped.

The Rum Diary is a captivating look into a fascinating and flawed character in a unique time and place.

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