Escape from Pretoria

Escape from Pretoria

Escape from Pretoria

Daniel Radcliffe and Daniel Webber (Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan) break out of Pretoria Prison in this thriller based on political prisoner Tim Jenkin's memoir.

Tim Jenkins (Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Webber) were among several white South Africans imprisoned during Apartheid on charges of "producing and distributing 18 different pamphlets on behalf of banned organisations", including the African National Congress.

2020Rating: M, Mature themes and violence106 minsAustralia, UK
ThrillerTrue Story & Biography

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Escape from Pretoria / Reviews

Independent

Independent

It’s heartbreaking to watch, but sheds little light on who these men are and how they fit into the wider anti-apartheid struggle.

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Francis Annan’s film is dogged by some dubious South African accents, too many caricatures and far too many shots of keys turning, not turning and breaking in locks ...

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

The pleasure here is in the fine detail, and Annan makes sure we feel every scrape of chisel on wood.

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The Straits Times

The Straits Times

Director and co-writer Francis Annan breaks down each step to create well-paced suspense.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Despite an inherently cinematic story and some effective sequences, Escape From Pretoria struggles to transcend a clunky, one-dimensional script.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A solid, if familiar, genre film with a true-history backdrop.

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Variety

Variety

Annan's film works effectively as a straight-up jailbreak thriller, well-oiled in greasy B-movie tradition. It's when it shoots for more historical import that it falls somewhat short.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

I highly recommend this film to everyone but especially those who love biopics and prison thrillers. I think it's important for people to learn this piece of history.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's the nervy camera, hugging the characters at hip height, the better to scrutinise each locked barrier to freedom, that most successfully builds the tension.

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Financial Times

Financial Times

Annan knows how to grip, his story accelerating with a jittery rhythm, while Radcliffe's eternal earnestness fits the bill neatly.

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