The Rum Diary

Rum Diary

2011 (Bruce Robinson) 14A, 110 minutes

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart

Journalist Paul Kemp (Depp) travels to Puerto Rico to write for the local newspaper, The San Juan Star. Immersing himself in the island's rum-soaked lifestyle, he soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Heard), the fiancee of wily American entrepreneur Sanderson (Eckhart), a shady property developer. He recruits Kemp to write favourable things about his latest scheme, and it's up to the journalist to take the money or the moral high ground. A fitting tribute to Hunter Thompson and the demise of the American Dream, but first and foremost a thrilling and funny snapshot of a country on its knees and a writer finding his feet.  

Philip Wilding, Empire

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