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Monday, August 03, 2015

Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2015: Who Killed Captain Alex?: Uganda's First Action Movie

From Wakaliwood, Uganda - Home of da Best of da Best Movies - comes the country's first action movie Who Killed Captain Alex?. With VJ Emmie providing jokey commentary of the mic, prepare for some real action as Captain Alex (Kakule William) and his team of commandos fight against Richard (Sserunya Ernest) and the Tiger Mafia. When Alex is mysteriously taken out, his kung-fu master brother (Bukenya Charles) investigates the murder, while planning revenge against the Tiger Mafia.

Who Killed Captain Alex? has a very interesting story behind it. Originally produced in 2010 by filmmaker Nabwana I.G.G., the film became a sensation in the slums of Uganda. However, the original footage from the film was lost and, for this international release, Who Killed Captain Alex? had to be restored from a low-resolution DVD transfer. However, that didn't stop the film from being a very enjoyable DIY action film. Featuring many cheaply-done visual effects, including explosions and blood spurts, there is a big campy tone to Who Killed Captain Alex?, which actually adds to my enjoyment of the film.

One of the more interesting aspects of the film is the VJ (“Video Joker”) commentary that plays throughout the film. While initially a little bit jarring, all the comments by VJ Emmie really helped to make Who Killed Captain Alex? an absolute blast to watch. In fact, you can probably start a drinking game for the number of times Emmie says "commando" throughout the film.  Altogether, Who Killed Captain Alex? is an absolute blast to watch and a testament to DIY filmmaking. I'll definitely keep an eye out for future releases to come out of Wakaliwood.

 ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 |  REALLY LIKED IT 

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).