South Africa was not a pretty place in the early 1990s.
In 1994, after apartheid was dismantled and elections were put into motion, a wave of violence exploded across the land as the political landscape shifted. It was a terrifying moment in history, even more so for the reporters and photographers on the ground attempting to shed light on the situation.
"The Bang Bang Club" is a dramatization of a group of photographers sent to South Africa to expose the truth -- Apple has our first look at the trailer.
The movie stars Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch ("X-Men: Wolverine," "Friday Night Lights") as two photographers trying to survive in the deadly warzone, with Malin Akerman ("Watchmen," "Couples Retreat") co-starring as the romantic interest (always need one of those).
The movie premiered at last year's Toronto Film Festival to little buzz, but the trailer has a necessary danger to it. If you're going to depict violent times, they sure as heck better be violent. While Phillippe seems to struggle with his accent (the guy was born in Delaware after all), the movie as a whole looks interesting, if for nothing more then shedding some insight on to a important part of world history. We can forgive the shaky inflection.
"The Bang Bang Club" hits theaters April 22.