KASSIM THE DREAM
KASSIM THE DREAM – Movie Review
This is the story of World Champion Boxer, Kassim “The Dream” Ouma – born in Uganda, kidnapped by the rebel army and trained to be a child soldier at the age of 6. When the rebels took over the government, Kassim became an army soldier who was forced to commit many horrific atrocities, making him both a victim and perpetrator. He soon discovered the army’s boxing team and realized the sport was his ticket to freedom.
KASSIM THE DREAM follows a young boy from Uganda, who is kidnapped at the age of six and forced to be a baby soldier, including killing and torturing. He comes to the United States as a boxer in the Ugandan army and defects during a competition and becomes the welter weight champion of the United States. We follow his life including his bouts, his babies and his babes. The point is that you don’t really like him very much, and he keeps talking about being kidnapped as a soldier, but he also talks about enjoying the torture. He has a child in Uganda, and he brings his mom to the states taking her away from the rest of the family. This is the kid who has seemingly little conscience, and while he’s charming and has a charming countenance, the feeling that this is a kid who literally will do anything to get what he wants, which makes some sense in the context of being kidnapped at six, but it doesn’t make for a very charming protagonist. So, while the story is vaguely interesting, it makes you a little uncomfortable to watch this kid get exactly what he wants, whenever he wants it. The star of the movie is really his child that he has with a white woman, whom he then deserts, who says, we’re just friend. He eventually does go back to Uganda, and there’s a scene where he visits his father’s grave, but you get the feeling it would look very different if there weren’t cameras rolling. One star.