Making any movie remake is a risky business in Nigeria, especially Rattlesnake: the Ahanna story because the REMAKE has to invoke a sense of nostalgia in the audience. There is no way to guarantee that the remake will ignite the same emotions as the original. Ramsy Noah seems to have found a way over this huddle for the culture, or so I thought.
It is, without a doubt, a tough year for Nollywood and the film industry at large. But, when the feeling of self-pity and doubt wears off, all that is left for us is the rude awakening that the movie ‘Rattlesnake: The Ahanna story’ did nothing to rattle us positively.
If you were old enough to have watched the Nollywood classic by Amaka Igwe, despite its time’s technical restraint, it successfully showcased a movie filled with profound character development, motion picture, and themes that wowed its audience. Is it a classic for a reason, abi?
Unfortunately, ‘Rattlesnake: The Ahanna story didn’t reach anywhere near the pedestal Nigerian heights had hoped for. Don’t take this the wrong way; Rattlesnake is a classy movie. Still, it paled in comparison to the original in terms of depth, plot, characters, and themes.
Rattlesnake: the Ahanna story cast
Let’s talk about the movie cast…just like the original Ahanna (Stan Nze) is left to fend for himself after his father’s death. When he discovers that his mother and uncle have abandoned him and begun a life together elsewhere, he forms an armed robbery trio group called the Armadas. Nzenuozo (Bucci Franklin) and Amara (Osas Ighadaro) made up the famous trio.
Somewhere in the middle of this movie, it began to dawn on viewers, especially me, that this movie isn’t about the journey of a tragic hero but the Nigerian version of a sloppy Robin Hood story.
Stan Nze (Ahanna) was portrayed to be the brains behind every operation of the Armadas. But aside from being the humble, well-mannered boss who urges his crew to be gracious and nonviolent, I barely saw any genuinely intelligent narrative to his character. To be fair to Stan, he is a great actor but this role, Nah. Then there is Nzenuozo, the crazy guy or crackhead as his character portrayed, Sango (Emeka Nwagbaraocha) the computer whizz, Bala (Efe Iwara) AND Egbe (Odera Adimorah), the weapon master. Osas is pretty much the female version of the thirst trap necessary for every heist movie these days, and I must commend that she pulled it off flawlessly.
Rattlesnake: the Ahanna story trailer
Rattlesnake: the Ahanna story premiere
On November 11, 2020, the widely awaited movie “Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story finally premiered. For the past few weeks, Play Network Studios’ blockbuster has been on everyone’s mind, and now we can all be treated to a heavy dose of pure entertainment and thrill.
Unfortunately for Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story, a good heist movie requires much more than the obvious characters. Top of the to-do list of every great movie is a substantial plot that allows the characters to develop and flourish, but this movie didn’t establish that. One of the many questions I found myself asking after seeing this movie is, Who are the Armadas? Nigerian Robin Hood or good old plain simple thieves.
Rattlesnake: the Ahanna story Glitz and Glamour
If you see Rattlesnake based on the glitz and glamour of ‘living in bondage’ Breaking free, you won’t be disappointed. Personally, The Ahanna story lived up to the glitz and glamour of its predecessors in the Play Network productions, which are known for their overzealous glamour and screenplay affluence. In Rattlesnake, it became the most consistent feature, which can be a win or loss depending on your perspective.
The movie’s show of opulence is classy when it doesn’t feel like it’s being shoved down my throat, but sadly it happened more times than I could count.
On the other hand, Amaka Igwe’s ‘Rattlesnake’ explores culture as a dominant theme. One of the reasons that it remains relevant. How she delicately renders the burial scene is a classic example. The precision from the lying in state to the widow shielded with palm fronds immediately grabs your attention. The scene is a classic example of one of the Nigerian tribe’s burial rites that still resonate with us.
There were many chances to create endearing scenes in Nouah’s remake. Unfortunately, it is made of pomp, pageantry, and ad placements.
Yet this remake is not riddled with flubs altogether. It has strong cinematography and some powerful performances that make it stand out. For one, Bucci Franklin as Nzenuozo, a class-act. His character, though poorly developed, is easily the most memorable. He gives the surge of excitement the story urgently needs.
Like Ahanna, Stan Nze is also not a bad one to note. Nze is an actor with depth, and he maneuvers his character seamlessly with every opportunity the plot provides.
In conclusion, Rattlesnake; The Ahanna Story is a classy movie with a lot of promise that fell short of expectation.
I rate it a 6/10.