California Newsreel
February 20, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

Ezra

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
110 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/13/08
performer
Mamoudou Turay Kamara, Mariame N'Diaye
director
Newton I. Aduaka
distributor
California Newsreel
author
Alain-Michel Blanc
genre
Drama
We gave it a C-

In Sierra Leone, a 6-year-old boy is kidnapped, drugged, and brainwashed into becoming a killer for the civil war. (He is then played, as a teenager, by Mamoudou Turay Kamara.) That’s a traumatically vital topic for a docudrama, yet rarely has the gulf between relevance of subject matter and ineptitude of execution been greater than it is in Ezra. Static and diffuse, the film is so committed to its view of Ezra as a pawn in the psychotic game of postcolonial Africa that he is never allowed, as a character, to become more than a pawn. C-

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