Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bad Black (SIFF 2017) - Movie Review

The Movie - Bad Black

The Director: Nabwana I.G.G.

The Cast: Nalwanga Gloria, Alan Hofmanis, Bisaso Dauda

The Story: A mild-mannered doctor is trained in the art of ass-kicking commando vengeance by a no-nonsense ghetto kid named Wesley Snipes.

The Review:
Nabwana I.G.G. has created his created a mini movie empire in Uganda with his Wakaliwood micro budget action films. Each film is basically home made in his small village of Wakaliga and he has amassed a dedicated team of actors and film makers to keep things rolling. This film focuses on a young woman names Bad Black and an American doctor as they each take on various enemies and sometimes each other. It's hard to describe the plot as it doesn't make much sense and is all over the place, but it really doesn't matter because this movie is all about that action like a 60 yard Marshawn Lynch touchdown run.

One of the most entertaining things about the movie is the amazing color commentary from VJ Emmie who is basically sitting there next to you reacting to the action and describing what is going on. The film wouldn't be nearly as entertaining without classic commentary lines like "He fell in the Ugandan poo poo! Yes, it's really poo poo. It is Uganda!" and "He's really dead!...I liked him." The rest of the movie is played straight as in, no parody, so the comedic commentary gives much needed context to the super low budget effects and horrible dialog.

The Verdict:
Bad Black is a highly entertaining hour and a half of non stop action. While the micro budget limitations put the film far short, in some areas, of more contemporary fare, the heart, soul, and energy that went into the production are what truly sets it apart.

Bad Black is an official selection of the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival.

Check out all of our coverage for the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival.

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