RELEASED 2016Directed by: IZU OJUKWU
Army officer Captain Joseph Dewa, (by Ramsey Nouah) and his wife Suzy (byRita Dominic) are expecting their first child.
They both come from different cultural backgrounds and this causes problems because Suzy’s parents don’t approve of their relationship. In addition to this, Captain Joseph is being pursued by soldiers who want him to help with a coup.
As hard as Joseph tries to avoid getting involved in the coup (the assassination of 1976) he’s unfortunately trapped and might be facing the firing squad while his child is being born.
This story is about the assassination of Gen. Murhitala Muhammed was after his murder was martyred and had the Lagos international airport named after him, and until today, his face graces our 20naira note.
Izu OJUKWU has done well with this movie which I heard was shot on a 16mm film. It doesn’t look like most of the low quality movies we have been blessed with in the past.
And when you consider the costumes, deliveries of Ramsey Nouah and Rita Dominic, you won’t be surprised why this movie happens to be the biggest in the upcoming AMVCA, nominated for 12 categories.
I think this was an important story to be told and while it doesn’t delve completely into the historic of how Gen M. Muhammed was assassinated, but focuses more on Joseph Dewa and his wife, it is just as educating as it is entertaining without trying too hard to impress. Izu Ojukwu achieved this honestly and with dedication.
Thumbs up to the fact that this movie meets up with as many international standards you wish to assess it with.
Thumbs up to Ramsey Nouah and Rita Dominic for a job done calmly and perfectly. Quite frankly, I can’t imagine someone else playing those roles.
The costumes were hundred percent from the uniforms and accepted army haircuts, to Suzy’s hair!
Also, Ramsey’s belly dancing neighbor deserves a movie of her own.
A large part of the movie is drowned in the soundtrack. And from time-to-time, you can’t hear what the characters are saying and even though I had an idea of what was happening, I feel vital character connections are missed because of this and, in turn, many moments became confusing.
The pacing is sluggish, especially in the first act.
Regardless of the minor flaws, this movie is amazing, and I’m sure it will be a big winner in the upcoming AMVCAs
RATING> 4.5 STARS