The film BOPHA! transforms the Zulu word meaning to detain into a revolutionary slogan as it fans the flames of politically correct racism and rebellion. The movie opens with a black South African policeman being “necklaced,” or burned to death by a flaming tire hanging around his neck, while blacks rejoice at his demise. Then the movie turns to the story of another black policeman, Sergeant Micah Mangena (Danny Glover) as he suddenly finds that he is hated by those he is dedicated to protecting, including his son, Zweli. His world unravels when the local youth, including Zweli, place themselves at the vanguard of the rebellion against apartheid. Micah’s wife, Rosie, finds herself torn between her son and her husband, and ostracized by her neighbors. Thus, Rosie and Zweli are embittered toward Micah, even though he has done everything he knows how for them. In the end, when he is beaten and killed by the mob, Rosie doesn’t cry or weep, but joins the sloganeering as Zweli whips the mob into a frenzy. Thus, the movie portrays human life as expendable in the cause of revenge against the white devil.
Even though the script, acting and cinematography are weak and inconsistent, BOPHA! works as a racist incitement to riot. As I left the theater’s parking lot, five black youth pounded on my car and shouted racist epitaphs.
(PC, RH, H, NA, LL, N, VVV) Politically correct, racist, socialist revisionist history with a slight reference to spiritism; roughly 15 obscenities & 2 profanities; young girl stripped in police search with naturalistic upper female nudity shown; and, extreme, bloody violence between students & police & police interrogation scenes where people are tortured.