• Roger Joseph Ebert

    ★★★★½ Added by Roger Joseph Ebert

    "Viva Riva!" is the first feature I've seen from the Congo, and the last one I would have expected: A slick, exciting, well-made crime thriller, dripping with atmosphere. The plot would be at home in many countries, but the African locations are a gripping bonus here. You might learn more about Congo from this film than in a documentary, and you'd probably have more fun.

    The hero is a good-bad guy named Riva (Patsha Bay Mukana), a charming, fast-thinking con…

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  • ninajackson

    ★★★ Watched by ninajackson 03 Apr, 2014

    A director and a movie that doesnt care to show the cruel reality of that country

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  • Callan Bond

    ★★★½ Watched by Callan Bond 25 Aug, 2013

    Crime flick shot in the Congo, "Viva Riva!" makes excellent use of its setting and has plenty of little details about life there that supplement this solid crime-drama-thriller.

    Riva plays a criminal who returns to Kinshasha with a truck full of stolen gasoline, set to make a fortune in the fuel-deprived capital of the country. Things aren't easy although he plays it cool: he has the gang he double-crossed in Angola hot on his heels, he's trying to woo away…

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  • lloydlangman

    ★★★ Added by lloydlangman

    Despite appearances (that poster is God awful), this was actually pretty good. Ok, so the story's a little bit naff and you've probably seen films like it plenty of times over. But it carries you along quite nicely, and Kinshasa is a fascinating setting.

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  • ishark

    ★★ Watched by ishark 22 May, 2013

    21st Film for Around the World in May- Congo

    Pretty run of the mill story and acting and my views pretty much align with other reviewers of this film and was curious to see a full modern feature film to come out of Africa.

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  • Thomas Ringdal

    Watched by Thomas Ringdal 19 May, 2013

    30 Films from 30 Countries, nr7: Congo

    Fun as a look-in to an exotic and chaotic nation (continent), but this is a mess. The actors, if you can call them that, aren't helped much by the script, but it is pretty hard to sit through this, I must admit. The lead guy should consider being an Omar Epps impersonator, because he's sure as hell not an actor.

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  • Peter Labuza

    ★★ Watched by Peter Labuza 30 Apr, 2013 3

    The dirty crimes of Zaire
    Melded onto our aesthetics.
    Because Africa
    Needs a Michael Bay
    And I'm totally serious.

    "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"
    -Evelyn Beatrice Hall, The Friends of Voltaire

    A profoundly silly movie, that's more or less the type of American gangster movie that is over-the-top in so many ways, while also annoyingly moralizing. And yet, an important film in many ways: manages to make…

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  • Rich Turner

    ★★★ Watched by Rich Turner 13 Jan, 2013 4

    An enjoyably fast-paced gangster thriller, which is marred by some inexplicable character actions and a bizarre conclusion.

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  • Jermaine Amani

    ★½ Watched by Jermaine Amani 22 Sep, 2012

    A complete mess of a film! It's best to avoid this one!

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  • Dee and Rob Glen

    ★★★★ Watched by Dee and Rob Glen 17 Aug, 2012

    I think this may be our first African film, and what a place to start .. set in the city of Kinshasa, Riva has returned from Angola with his pockets full of cash, determined to have a good time .. trouble is, it's not his money, and his old boss wants it back ...
    This film is violent and exciting, spoken in a mix of French and Langala, but the sub-titles were very easy to follow. Quite a few sex scenes as well, so not for the faint of heart! Brilliant.

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  • Adam Cook

    ★★ Watched by Adam Cook 01 Jun, 2012

    Although shot with confidence and attitude this Congolese gangster film has one differentiating attribute and that is its country of origin. If it wasn’t made in a country not known for its genre cinema (at least not internationally) I doubt this would have ever received much attention let alone a European theatrical release.

    The film does capture the seedy life of a gangster in Kinshasa and the violence is hard hitting and occasionally shocking but it is pretty much the…

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  • MimiLo

    ★★★ Added by MimiLo

    Violent but sexy in a weird way....

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