The Rum Diary

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama
Running Time:  120 min.
Release Date: October 28, 2011
DVD: February 14, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 3.25
based on 242 votes and 83 reviews
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Cast: Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Jenkins


Tired of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins).

Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals, is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen's financial benefit, or use them to take the bastards down.

Director: Bruce Robinson
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Anthony Rhulen, Graham King, Robert Kravis, Christi Dembrowski, Johnny Depp, Peter Kohn
Screenplay: Bruce Robinson
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  • 5 stars "excellent 5 star movie, i would watch it again."
  • 1 star "this movie was so bad it drove me to drink!"
  • 2 stars "while depp and eckhart were great, the movie was lacking in any entertainment value."