Monday, July 18, 2011

Dangerous Men is the first real Nigerian Action Thriller

Dangerous Men is the first real Nigerian Action Thriller

The premiere of Dangerous Men Sunday evening attracted a big crowd at the Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Gugu Michaels’ film has given us the first Nollywood action heroes George Davidson and Nigeria’s five times Kung Fu champion Leo U” Che who played the lead roles of Emmanuel and Samuel the two hit men brought together by unforeseen circumstances, but with a common mission to eliminate corrupt and evil men who are responsible for the widespread insecurity and poverty in Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer.

The story is about Emmanuel an assassin who goes against the order of his contractor X and refuses to carry out a hit placed on Senator Kingston in contemporary Nigerian political power struggle in the 21st century.

Emmanuel in danger, is forced to take a homeless man Samuel he rescued from a gang and turn him into the perfect killer. The deadly duo forms an alliance with Kingston and go after X the very man that hired Emmanuel for the assassinate Kingston and leads to an ultimate clash between the new generation assassin Samuel and the veteran head of the organization of Assassins X.

Two thumbs up to the director Gugu Michaels and director of photography Frank Adekunle Macaulay for the excellent cinematography of Dangerous Men. The casting and artistic directors also did a great job in making the right choices of actors who really improved the standard of acting in typical Nollywood movies. M.J. Mathias, Stella Regis and Onyekachi Anyajike proved that they are going to excel in the new era of Nollywood.

The cast and crew on location.

The fighting scenes were well done and made the display of martial arts really credible and made the movie exciting and thrilling from the beginning to the end.

“Dangerous Men featured new faces and the discovery of these new actors is commendable for taking Nollywood to the next level and not recycling the overused and overrated Nollywood stars who cannot show us anything refreshing besides what we are bored of seeing in the past 17 years. Because, majority of the popular Nollywood stars are no longer playing the characters in the screenplays, but themselves,” said Mr. Hope Obioma Opara, the President of Eko International Film Festival and Publisher of Supple magazine after seeing the movie.

The producers should also be commended for the exceptional original score with the excellent incidental music for the various scenes and sequences of the well acted movie. But the screenplay would have been better if the writer did a comprehensive analysis and script development of the original story. It is really baffling that there was no single reference to any public reaction and news report on the shocking assassinations of top government officials in Nigeria! Big men don’t get killed in Nigeria without making headlines. Therefore, how can prominent public officers be assassinated without breaking news reports and no reactions from the authorities and security agencies. Nobody gets assassinated without causing panic in the country and no police reaction and investigation! These are glaring omissions noted by film critics and observers at the premiere.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

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