I actually sat and watched all 25 previous James Bond movies (yes, counting Sean Connery’s Never Say Never Again) during the first month of “lockdown” in April of 2020. So when I give my usual “this list will not be your list” disclaimer, I should also note that this list won’t necessarily be the list I […]
As the year slips slowly away, a Nollywood thriller worth queuing to see, crammed with high-speed action, crisp dialogue and character-driven has hit the cinemas. With big-time performances from Daniel K Daniel, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Kate Henshaw, Keppy Ekpenyong, Frederick Leonard and Wole Ojo, ‘The Fugitive’ will pass as one of the most exciting adventure thrillers of the year.
The story involves a cat-and-mouse game between a man unjustly accused of the murder of an investigative reporter he tried to save, and a law officer who tracks him with cunning ferocity. The film also shares the same title and plot with the 127-minute Harrison Ford thriller, The Fugitive released in 1993 but the storylines are completely different.
Detective Daniel Benson (Daniel K Daniel) was wrongly convicted for the murder of an undercover journalist, Ms. Jane Gobadia and the story of her killer became unsubstantiated as the syndicate was on a mission to eliminate all witnesses.
Detective Danny’s adversary and colleague, Sergeant Rogers (Blossom Chukwujekwu) is an accomplice of the Syndicate and they want him dead or convicted. This compelled him to perform feats of impossible daring in his unstoppable quest for justice.
‘The Fugitive’ is a film whose every element conspires to sustain crisp intelligence and a relentless pace. The technical contributions are terrific; tight editing, adroit sound effects and a clever inventive screenplay all contribute mightily to the fever pitch. The director of the movie, Andy Boyo has come up through a series of good films in the past like Spirit of Assassin and Untamed. Creating both suspense and surprise, Boyo makes sure his viewers almost never guess what will happen next.
With a propulsive mix of action, suspense and humor, ‘The Fugitive’ is cinematic storytelling at its best. There are however few reservations which include the gun shot in the court room that led to the death of Dr. Benson and which immediately invalidated the DNA evidence. Although the film is relentlessly manipulative, some of the narratives will fail to pass in modern day courts. The Director also failed to prove how a man (Detective Benson) who jumped from a high rise building was fit to run immediately he touched ground. In all, the few misgivings are quibbles that do not detract from the movie experience.
After his perfected escape from the court, Detective Danny is now a wanted felon by the law on the one hand and wanted dead by all means by the syndicate on the other hand. Free for the time being, but isolated in a cold winter landscape of hostile stones, icy water and barren trees, Detective Danny Benson remains a fugitive till he can uncover the plot of the syndicate and prove his innocence in the murder of Ms.Jane Obadia who uncovered evidence that would expose the operations of the syndicate.
Cinematique on the red carpet of The Fugitive Movie Premiere