Why? Only then will we grant them success in their efforts. That it in Escape from Pretoria revolves around a bunch of convicted fighters against Apartheid.
Yet that political background only plays a minor role in the cat-and-mouse game that Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) and two other offenders play with their keepers. The film by the English director Francis Annan is based on facts and on the book Jenkin wrote in 1978 about his spectacular escape from Pretoria prison. This became possible because he started to make wooden keys for each lock that separated him from freedom.
Escape from Pretoria is an Australian production in which the tension is effectively increased. Especially since the ingenious escape plan of Jenkins, his friend Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber) and their French fellow prisoner Leonard (Mark Leonard Winter) sometimes seems to encounter insurmountable problems or unavoidable discovery. Although the interpretation of these characters remains rather sketchy, their efforts still keep you on the edge of your seat.
✭✭✭ (3 out of 5)