One part Depp. One part Rum. Mix well. Serve chilled. You don't need to be a Hunter S. Thompson fan to enjoy this film. Its not incredibly psychedelic as you would expect. It is an interesting story shot on some of the picturesque beaches with some great characters you want to follow.
The story follows Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) who is tired of the life in New York and takes a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local dying paper in 1960. Kemp struggles to find a way to balance his life, his work and the island culture while dealing with some crooks and the beautiful Chenault (Amber Heard).
PHOTOS: "The Rum Diary"
It does not follow the typical movie style that most American movie lovers have come to expect; meaning introduction, rising action, climax and then wrap up the story with a nice neat bow. The story just kind of follows Kemp as he sort of lives the island life. He is quickly recruited by Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart) to help his group market and sell a new island paradise, while trying not to fall in love with Chenault, Sanderson's girlfriend, a feat which he fails miserably in. Kemp along with his roommate, Sala (Michael Rispoli) a fellow newspaper man and drunkard, try to outwit the gangsters and find out what life means and the direction they need to go.
Will you like this movie? Good question. I did (I'd say a 6 on the Showbiz-O-Meter), definitely more than "In Time" that also opened this week. If you are a fan of the normal action or drama movie, probably not. If you are looking for something a bit different, makes you think about life, the universe and rum, then yes, you will enjoy it. The movie is rated R for violence, profanity, drug use (just a bit), drinking (a lot more than a bit) and a fairly graphic sex scene. It runs 120 minutes.