Friday, November 18, 2011

The Rum Diary (2011)

This is a solid movie. Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) is tired of working as a journalist in New York City, so he takes a job in Puerto Rico writing horoscopes and interviewing tourists about the local bowling alley. When the editor of the newspaper learns how much Kemp spends on rum, he forces the writer to find a new place to live. The San Juan Star is struggling financially and Kemp wants to write about local political issues but is discouraged from doing so. Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart), a businessman, alerts him about a deal to bring casinos to a nearby island and he wants the writer to publish articles to promote the project.

It is based on the 1998 novel by Hunter S. Thompson. The author moved to Puerto Rico in 1960 to write for a sports newspaper. This was director Bruce Robinson's first film in 19 years.

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