“The Power of One” makes the same crucial error as “Article 99”; it diminishes evil by embodying it in one man who must be vanquished.
By implying that his defeat is the defeat of his system, it avoids the real issues.
For example the structure, the different camera angles, sound and symbolism are key techniques used throughout the film.
Avildsen uses many different techniques in the film The Power of One.
His story was first told in a thoughtful historical best seller by Bryce Courtenay, who tried to give some sense of what it was like to grow up as an English-speaking liberal in a country where apartheid and aspects of the police state were combined in an unholy marriage with parliamentary democracy.
In a sense, the story of “The Power of One” could continue right down to the March 17 referendum in which a majority of South Africa's white voters ratified de Klerk's decision to move toward black majority rule. But “The Power of One” wants to be more than the story of a young man whose life reflects the times of his country.Set at 576 pages, the novel follows the story of a young English boy called Peekay who lives in South Africa.His mother becomes mentally ill and cannot live with him any longer, so Peekay is left to the hands of the “Zulu” nurses there.is written in the first person perspective with a grown up Peekay looking back on his life.It’s noted to be written with more “thoughts and feelings” rather than the more common description of settings and recollection of actions.It shows the symbiotic, if paternalistic, relationship of blacks and whites in rural areas.It gives some sense of the beginnings of apartheid.“The Power of One” begins with a canvas that involves all of the modern South African dilemma, and ends as a boxing movie. The film, which spans the years surrounding the Second World War, tells the story of a young English-speaking boy who is sent to an Afrikaanslanguage boarding school, where a neo-Nazi clique makes his life miserable.He fights back, and keeps fighting back when, as a young man, he becomes friends with Africans who are part of a developing political movement.But then it turns into another movie about a bad bully, and by the end, when the hero and the neo-Nazi are mano-a-mano, and riots are sweeping Alexandria township, I was in despair.South Africa is too complex to be reduced to a formula in which everything depends on who shoots who.