The Rum Diary

Release date: 11 November 2011
Running time:
120 mins
Bruce Robinson
Richard Jenkins, Aaron Eckhart, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard

Bored with Eisenhower-era America, New York newspaper journalist Philip Kemp (Johnny Depp) decides to chance his arm by starting a new life on the idyllic Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Here, he lands a job on the local paper, the San Juan Star, under downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins).

It's not long before Kemp settles into the drunken and debauched ways of the US ex-pat community. Dangerously, he also falls for Chenault (Amber Heard), the beautiful fiancee of dodgy businessman Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart).

Adapted by Bruce Robinson, director of cult classic 'Withnail and I', from Hunter S. Thompson's semi-autobiographical debut novel, 'The Rum Diary' is a riotously funny, booze-soaked yarn. It also continues star Johnny Depp's obsession with his late friend Thompson, having played him in 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'.

Screenplay: Bruce Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson   Distributor: Entertainment

You should see it because: Depp hits the bottle with aplomb as he gets into all kinds of crazy scrapes.

See it if you liked: The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), Factotum (2005), Me and Orson Welles (2008)