Ezra In Sierra Leone, a 6-year-old boy is kidnapped, drugged, and brainwashed into becoming a killer for the civil war. (He is then played, as a… Ezra In Sierra Leone, a 6-year-old boy is kidnapped, drugged, and brainwashed into becoming a killer for the civil war. (He is then played, as a… 2008-02-13 Unrated PT110M Drama Mamoudou Turay Kamara Mariame N'Diaye California Newsreel
Movie Review

Ezra (2008)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EZRA Mamodou Turay Kamara (pictured with Mamusu Kallon) plays the teen raised to become a killer in Sierra Leone in this poorly executed drama
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EZRA Mamodou Turay Kamara (pictured with Mamusu Kallon) plays the teen raised to become a killer in Sierra Leone in this poorly executed drama
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Limited Release: Feb 13, 2008; Rated: Unrated; Length: 110 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Mamoudou Turay Kamara and Mariame N'Diaye; Distributor: California Newsreel

In Sierra Leone, a 6-year-old boy is kidnapped, drugged, and brainwashed into becoming a killer for the civil war. (He is then played, as a teenager, by Mamoudou Turay Kamara.) That's a traumatically vital topic for a docudrama, yet rarely has the gulf between relevance of subject matter and ineptitude of execution been greater than it is in Ezra. Static and diffuse, the film is so committed to its view of Ezra as a pawn in the psychotic game of postcolonial Africa that he is never allowed, as a character, to become more than a pawn. C-

Originally posted Feb 20, 2008 Published in issue #980 Feb 29, 2008 Order article reprints