Ratnik

2020

4/5
Ratnik

Summary

Set in a remote Africa town during the early days of World War III: A special trooper Sarah Bello returns home from the war-front to find her only sister at the verge of becoming the undead due to the abuse of a certain chemical substance. The race to save her life begins a new kind of war where the most advanced war machine known to man is unveiled.

Production: Bluepictures, Flipsyde Production

Direction: Dimeji Ajibola

Starring: Osas Ighodaro, Bolanle Ninalowo, Adunni Ade, Karibi Fubara, Tope Tedela, Paul Utomi. Meg Otanwa

Release Date: 3 June 2019

Genre: Action

Run time: 2hrs

Rating: 4/5

Review

Ratnik is dizzyingly ambitious, and a peak into the film via the teaser shows the heavy, almost clinical use of CGI as a selling point. And that, I’d have to say, is impressive. The plot details has been kept close to the vest, though. ”Things changed after you left you know,” a smoking Meg Otanwa says to someone whom we can’t see. She’s agitated, stressed. The scene cuts to helicopters flying overheard. Rust-coloured landscapes, the kind from post-apocalyptic movies, are sparingly shown and then we see Bolanle Ninalowo briefly. Upon seeing him, I realise that he is the kind of actor that the movie suits, all that machismo put in good use. Also in the teaser: dogs, explosions, laser-beam guns and a sound track that will invade your bloodstream.

And there’s Osas Ighodaro-Ajibade, who is one of the movie’s lead stars. Her character, at the end of the teaser, is consumed by strange, darkish pebbles that coats her body with a tech-powered suit. It took two years to make Ratnik, and it’s believed to be inspired by the Russian Ratnik Program. The movie also stars Tope Todela, Zikky Alloy, and Karibi Fubara.

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