Zero Hour is one of those edgy films that take you on a suspicion trip without giving you the satisfaction of an accurate guess. Very atypical for a Nigerian movie! The story is a culmination of the realities of our present world; greed, love, trust, mysteries, and lots of emotions, though narrated through the lenses of our unique cultural experience.
The movie is about a rich Hausa man, Zamani (played by Alex Ekubo), who returned home from the United States after his father’s demise. He was soon installed over his father’s estates by his trusted uncle, Alhaji Danlami(played by Richard Mofe Damijo). His fate will join with his cousin’s pretty fiancee’s, Zee (Rahama Sadau), after he approved her previously rejected business proposal to his father’s company. Zee’s found a confidant in Zamani afterwards and eventually dragged him into the most perilous project of her life, finding her father’s killers! Zee had lost her father, but in a mysterious circumstance that was termed suicide. Zamani and Zee went on a mission to find the actual cause of her father’s death, invoking jealousy, fights, 3 deaths and complete unsettling of all relationships along the way. Zamani soon discovered that close family associates were not to be trusted and had to stand up to his mother’s long-time friend at some point. The duo picked up an investigative partner along the way, in a plot-twist scene. The face of the arc-enemy would be revealed at the end of the film and was the least suspected character in the whole movie. Zee’s fiance, Awwal’s (Ali Nuhu) death would leave you hoping Zamani and Zee ended up together after all that the had been through.
Production was on point with this movie. Scenes and plot were predominantly glazed with the typical Hausa culture, a bit throwing in of the language here and there, though Alex Ekubo’s hausa sounded kindergarten. The favourite would be the last scene where Zee suddenly discovered she was in the company of her father’s killer. The character play, events sequence, light and sound effects were at the best right there. But it could have been better if Alex took some karate/taekwondo lessons, so he would have made the fight seen more believable. The fisticuff would quickly remind you that Nollywood is a soft-touch industry, action scenes are still far from our good delivery checklist.
Zero Hour featured both veterans and entrants. RMD, Eucharia brought their weight to the set. Industry fine boy, Alex also showed why he is a constant figure on the big screens lately. But Rahama Sadau made it for me. She delivered so naturally, it may be attributed to the fact that the plot is in natural zone. But her display showed she has some sense of vanity that always drive her to improve on her craft. We can be sure she will translate from good to a great actor in no time.
In a chat with movie enthusiasts who saw Zero Hour at the Silverbird Cinema, Ikeja on Wednesday night, the general consensus was that though the story was not really unique, the production quality and casting is above average. Two couples who spoke to NollyTrailers off camera, complained that the movie was below their expectation, that they had anticipated a lot more action. A young man named Tony, who gave a comprehensive feedback on the movie pointed out that the movie had a nice plot, good lighting, good sound, good story line, but was also of the opinion that Alex Ekubo’s character was too passive, for someone who had lived in the US for a long time.
The average rating (on a scale of 1 to 5) given by moviegoers is 3.5. My rating aligns with theirs.
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