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The Rum Diary

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN MODERATION.Ā 

In 1960, hard-partying reporter Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) goes to Puerto Rico to work for the local newspaper and gets involved with a wealthy American’s (Aaron Eckhart) shady business dealings. Bruce Robinson’s first film in two decades allows us to view the exploitation of the island territory through the boozy, drug-addled eyes of a journalist who appears to not give a damn. Well cast, and when the story begins to drag there’s always pleasant period details to enjoy. A slight improvement on another Hunter S. Thompson filmization starring Depp, the dreary Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).Ā 

2011-U.S. 120 min. Color. Written and directed byĀ Bruce Robinson. Novel: Hunter S. Thompson. Cast: Johnny Depp (Paul Kemp), Aaron Eckhart (Hal Sanderson), Michael Rispoli (Bob Sala), Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribisi.

Trivia: Benicio Del Toro and Nick Nolte were allegedly considered for roles.

 

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