Director : Robert Peters
Producer(s) :Rogers Ofime and Ali Nuhu
Starring : Richard Mofe-Damijo, Alexx Ekubo, Ali Nuhu, Eucharia Anunobi, Rahama Sadau, Ene Oloja and Halima Yusuf
Genre : Thriller
Release Date : March 22, 2019
Awesome-o-Metre : 3.9/10
Revue of ZERO HOUR
Zero Hour follows the story of Alhaji Danlami (Richard Mofe-Damijo), the patriarch of a wealthy family, and Zamani (Alex Ekubo), the heir to the empire who has just returned to the country from his sojourn abroad to take over the family business but gets caught in a web of crime, deceit…and death.
This film is sold as a romantic thriller and this is laughable because that’s exactly what it is not! The trailer of the film led me to have some high expectations of how this film was going to be a whodunit film filled with intricacies but it turned out to be the exact opposite because Zero Hour was a bore fest. I will tell you why;
Films that should thrive on mystery rely heavily on the actors to pull it off. To this extent, the characters of Zero Hour were less than impressive- which is surprising considering the galaxy of established stars that make up the cast. I will however lay the blame mostly at the feet of the script writer(s) who had ambitious ideas but ridiculously poor execution. For a film that is touted as a romantic thriller, there was literally not a single romantic scene…this I found rather misleading by the producers. The actors also aren’t free of blame as even though the script was bad, their role interpretations were equally horrendous most evident in their off-and-on Hausa accents and mannerism.
Another fail for Zero Hour was the location choices which were far from suitable for the film’s narrative. The poor choices of location also led to some poor and awkward lighting with the producers having to rely on natural lighting most of the time. This poor lighting gave the film a dreary and lifeless feel. The feel was so bad that the producers resorted to the use of smoke machines to accentuate the lights and give the film a feel on intensity but this fell flat on its face because the fake smoke make the film seem like a cheap zombie film.
The only positive of Zero Hour (other than the trailer and poster) is the fact that Ene Oloja featured in the film. I haven’t seen aunty Ene since the now rested 80’s soap opera, “Behind the Clouds” where she played Funmi, the love interest of Nosa (the late McArthur Fom). Even though she seemed rusty and obviously older, her voice and behavior stirred some feelings of nostalgia in me. All you younglings can please google “Behind the Clouds” and “Cock Crow at Dawn” and find out about the vintage (J-Town produced) soap operas that rocked the eighties and kept us indoors every Sunday from 8pm.
Zero Hour is a really poor film and I expected so much more from Rogers Ofime. Sincerely, I can’t tell what went wrong with this. Have you seen the film? What did you think? please let me know what you think about it in the comment section below or on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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