By Robert J Hawkins Tuesday, July 18 2006 @ 12:15 AM EDT
The title character in the Oscar-winning foreign language film "Tsotsi" (Miramax, 4 stars) is a predator in the shantytown jungle that grows outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. He awakens each day in his one-room shack, built atop another shack, with really only one thought on his mind - he must rob somebody.
That is how Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae) survives. That is how he and his small band of teenage thugs get by. Sometimes they kill, too. There's no thought put into it, no overt decision. It is like breathing: They rob, they prey upon the weak and sometimes, inhale, they kill.