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Hard to Get

A compact, highly enjoyable and kinetic action thriller unfurls at breakneck speed in downtown Johannesburg.


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  • Director Zee Ntuli
  • Producers Helena Spring, Junaid Ahmed
  • Screenwriters Zee Ntuli, TT Sibisi
  • With Pallance Dladla, Thishiwe Ziqubu, Israel Makoe
  • South Africa 2014
  • 94 mins
  • Production company Hard To Get (PTY) Ltd

This compact, highly enjoyable and kinetic action thriller unfurls at breakneck speed in downtown Johannesburg. It begins in a crowded bar where handsome gigolo TK (Pallance Dladla) works as a bartender. Skiets (Thishiwe Ziqubu), a strong, beautiful petty criminal walks into the bar and immediately catches TK’s eye. After an altercation involving a local ruffian, TK wins Skiet’s heart but he must undertake one mission that will lead him into the Johannesburg underworld and threaten all he has lived and fought for. With its elegant and atmospheric camerawork, Hard to Get draws us into the South Africa’s nefarious criminal fraternity with aplomb. Young director Zee Ntuli displays a solid mastery of the action genre, racing us from one fantastic set-piece to the next, while Thishiwe Ziqubu shines as Skiets and Pallance Dladla imbues TK with the cool of a classic noir anti-hero.

Keith Shiri

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