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A lawman fed up with the corruption in Apartheid-era South Africa takes to robbing banks in this gritty crime drama from writer/director Bronwen Hughes. The title Stander refers to Andre Stander (Thomas Jane), an ambitious second-generation policeman whose strategies and experience make him the perfect candidate for commander. But when the privileged Stander is chosen to direct the police force against a brutal, majority-led uprising in Soweto, he becomes so disgusted with his actions that he decides to undermine his own authority as an officer. His means for doing so is to moonlight as a bank… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pumped by a soundtrack of period South African funk and dance music, propelled by whiplash montage sequences and rubber-burning Burt Reynolds-issue getaways, Stander is the very definition of good, old-fashioned outlawry."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Worth a look, thanks mostly to Mr. Jane's troubled swagger and Ms. Hughes' sharp eye."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"better than expected"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"A rather entertaining (if style-over-substance) portrait of insane illicitness."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Despite being based on an exceptional true-life story, Bronwen Hughes' "Stander" is uneven and somewhat sloppy in execution.**"
‑ Angela Baldassarre,
"Stander refuses to take a stand on its own subject matter."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Adds up to what is less a movie than an entertainingly episodic rap sheet."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"STANDER deserves recommendation as fascinating film that confirms the old adage of truth being stranger than fiction."
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"Stander é o anti-herói clássico - e a direçăo empolgante de Hughes e as performances do elenco principal fazem jus ŕ incrível história do personagem-título."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A beautifully paced story."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Has you in its grip from the beginning."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Stander attempts to pass itself off as a fast-paced caper picture doubling as a socially conscious apartheid drama but ends up equally unconvincing in both departments."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Jane's performance is nothing short of revelatory"
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The bank robbery action, the nose-thumbing at authority, and the rise of an anti-hero -- a colorful action yarn."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Embodies a certain brand of brooding outlaw cool that feels increasingly rare."
‑ M.E. Russell, Oregonian
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