Endgame takes us back to 1985, where we meet a man, scared and out of his comfort zone, trying to meet with the right people, despite the risks in these turbulent times in South Africa. The man is Michael Young, a representative for British mining concern Consolidated Goldfields. They’ve seen the future and it doesn’t look good. If things go pear shaped in South Africa, they are set to loose everything they’ve built up. So rather that stick their heads in the sand, they’ve tasked Michael with coming up with ways to see them through these turbulent times.
Michael comes up with a solution, so risky that Consolidated Goldfields only agree to it, if it’s kept off their books. He wants to set up a series of clad-stone meeting in England with influential people from both sides, to try and fins common ground and prevent to powder keg from exploding.
The only problem is that there are factions on both sides who would rather fight that make peace, putting everyone’s lives in jeopardy.
The death throws of Apartheid could have been one of the most violent struggles of recent times, but thanks to the vision and potential sacrifice of a number of people, everyone managed to keep their heads, and though the road was long, change indeed did come.
Endgame is a moderately paced, well acted drama, that draws you in slowly, inciting you with a history you know (Apartheid ends) through a story you don’t. Though it has it’s weaknesses – the actor playing Nelson Mandela does an adequate job, but I couldn’t help thinking Invictus’ Morgan Freeman did a much better job – Endgame is a brilliant story, told well, through a cast of characters who grow on you over the course of the film.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: June 10th, 2010
Stars: William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong
Length (Minutes): 101
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Travis, Pete