Tim Greene follows up his dramatic first feature " A boy called Twist" with a somewhat funny ensamble in "Skeem" . A straight comedy playing for laughs about a mixed bag of individuals , in a cheap resort after a box full of money.Like most comedies its a hit and miss situation, with some laughs being stronger than others,but the performances from the various cast is inspiring although I felt the screenplay held some punches back towards the last act of the movie.Yet Tim Greene has to be congratulated though, on trying to deliver something light and entertaining to the cinema.
The strenghts of Skeem is it's ensemble cast and its tone. The cast has a god mixture of well rounded actors like the lead Wandile Molebatsi ( some will remember him from the TV ads and Rhythm City as Sam Sedibeng), stand up comedians such as Kurt Schoonrad and real character actors like Terrence Bridget. The cast have levels ,even the over used Kenneth Nkosi shows a some depth in this one,Wandile Molebatsi shows a lot of heart and is able to carry this movie on his shoulders. Terrence Bridget is able to take a cliche and still make it funny, the man has talent. The cast is on point.It's actually great to watch all this talent on screen, it's fun to watch and the light tone for the first 2/3rds of the movie abd it works.
The only issue is, I felt like the guys did not want to up the ante on the last act, there comes a point where the line is drawn but the script does not want to turn as dark as the story demands ala "shallow grave". It's that negotiating of that thin line that zaps out the level of cathasis one could have had. Yet this does not make "Skeem'' a terrible movie nor a classic in my books but a somewhat good movie that one will forget in a day or two but its fun to experience.