Tired of the day to day noise and madness of New York and at bitter odds with the Eisonhower-era conventions of the 1950’s, nomadic journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to find work. He lands a job reporting for a local newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by helpless 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. But when Sanderson’s underhanded business dealings begin to emerge, Kemp’s principles come into focus and 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
Genres: Psychological Drama