MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Rum Diary’ with Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard spice up the Caribbean in the new movie adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson‘s novel entitled The Rum Diary.

Adopted from the book by Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary is about freelance journalist Paul Kemp (largely based on Thompson’s real-life 1960 experiences in Puerto Rico), played by Johnny Depp, who moves to the Caribbean to work at a tired, dysfunctional newspaper while at the same time befriending violent, maniacal and alcoholic characters.


Playing the love interest of Depp’s character is Amber Heard (Drive Angry). Depp was also in the movie version of another Thompson adaptation, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, making this fast-paced drama the second time he’s appeared in a movie adaptation of a novel by his favorite author.

Amber-Heard-as Chenaut, Johnny-Depp as Paul Kemp in Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum-Diary for DA MAN

The cast includes Aaron Eckhart (Battle: Los Angeles), Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar) and Richard Jenkins (Friends with Benefits). This is Bruce Robinson’s first directing effort since Jennifer Eight in 1992.

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