Although we had very high expectations for this new movie called “4th Republic”, I must say that after all that was said and done, it didn’t turn out bad after all. Most times when most people choose a Nigerian movie to watch like myself, we are most times drawn by the names and faces on the poster, such that when we see amazing faces like “Kate Henshaw”, Linda Ejieofor and Enyinna Nwigwe, you want to go and watch the movie immediately.
Like many others the A’list actors of this one brought us all out to see the movie in the first week, and I am so pleased to break it to you, that they did a very good job and were awesome too. Like most Nigerians will say “they didn’t fall our hands”.
There was just something nice about this movie, please don’t give up, because the beginning was rather slow, but the main twist and action occurred at the tail end. I must commend the unexpected end, we all never saw that coming, we went home in shock.
So most times after watching a movie trailer, I look out for the writers or producers to see what they have done before, as this gives me a clue as to what to expect from the new movie in question. Most times we aren’t wrong with our judgment, after all the old sayings tell us “show me your works and I can predict what you can do”.
This is exactly how most of us feel when we have to choose a Nigerian movie. This new one was written by Emil B. Garuba and Zainab Omaki and produced by IshayaBako, the brain behind movies like “A road to Yesterday, Royal Hibiscus Hotel”. It was quiet difficult to predict this new movie, there was something really nice about the storyline, movie connectivity and the numerous flash backs all through the movie.
I loved the cast chosen for this movie, the location chosen was so nice and even at the end of the movie we couldn’t tell where in Nigeria the movie was shot. I really liked the production, cinematography, and the brilliant twist at the end, we almost couldn’t get up, when the movie ended as the suspense and twist at the end was mind blowing.
The 4th Republic started rather slow telling us the confession of a young Northern dressed lady, who had being asked to testify the innocence of one of the campaign managers of the first ever aspiring female governor of the Consequence state, who was murdered in cold blood.
They tried to explain how the people were in pain, agony and misery due to bad leadership of the present governor. The wanted a messiah in Mabel King. As it was at that time most people in the state were already tired of the existing governor and needed a change, they were in support of Mabel King and were willing to do anything to make sure she won the elections, from the market women to the elite of the society.
Mabel was strong, intelligent and courageous, she was a widow with 2 kids. She had lost her husband a few years before the campaign to political crisis, but she was willing to go again and fight for justice and a better living for them all. Mabel came out to campaign because she felt she had what it takes to move the state forward; she was burdened by a call to lead her people to peace and prosperity.
Mabel King if she won would go ahead to become the first ever female Governor in the country and she was bent on setting that record, considering the fact that women were only allowed to campaign as deputy governors and this was a territory women never had the confidence to dive into.
The movie went on fast as the young girl explained all that happened that night in court, her confession allowed the court to convict the former governor, take him off the seat for murder and rigging of elections, thereby making Mabel King the governor of Conference state, everyone was happy that for once justice was served, the culprit sent to jail and the innocence restored to position.
Linda was also happy as the death of her dad wasn’t in vain. The honest truth about this movie is “Never you trust anyone completely as you may never know their heart” Mabel was one of such people, you will need to watch this movie and to the very end to understand, what actually conspired that election night.
Cast: Kate Henshaw, Linda Ejieofor, Jide Attah, EnyinnaNwigwe
Director: Ishaya Bako
Runtime: 110 minutes
Release Date: April 12th 2019
To my verdict I would say 8/10, I think they did a good job with bringing this movie to life, from the cast, to the production, storyline and a very unexpected end, I really must commend them for the effort, if you are seeking to be entertained with a beautiful story and top notch acting then, you might have to give this movie a try. I think it was worth it and I would be recommending it.
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