The Power of One

He's had to fight all his life. Now, he's fighting for theirs.
He's had to fight all his life. Now, he's fighting for theirs.
THE POWER OF ONEĀ (15)
D: John G. Avildsen
Warner Bros. (Arnon Milchan)
US 1992
127 mins

Drama/Sports

W: Robert Mark Kamen [based on the novel by Bryce Courtenay]
DP: Dean Semler
Ed: John G. Avildsen
Mus: Hans Zimmer & Lebo M

Stephen Dorff (P.K.), John Gielgud (St. John), Armin Mueller-Stahl (Doc), Morgan Freeman (Geel Piet), Guy Witcher (P.K. - age 7); Simon Fenton (P.K. - age 12); Daniel Craig (Sgt. Jaapie Botha)

In 1930's South Africa, a young boy witnesses the brutality of apartheid and is taught boxing by a black prisoner.
Putting a political spin on the Rocky formula, The Power Of One has its thought-provoking moments, but is tackled in a rather safe way by director John G. Avildsen, who seems to have lost his touch with his return to more serious material following some poor directorial choices.
Generally entertaining and powerful, but this could have been an awful lot better and far more memorable.
6/10

The Power of One
The Power of One