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Who Killed Captain Alex? is an independent, low budget Ugandan action movie, produced by Ramon Film Productions, and is billed as "Uganda's first action movie". The film was made for over a year and a half in early 2010 on a budget of less than US$200 (400,000 Ugandan shillings), which was raised via crowdfunding websites and donations. It was mostly filmed in the Wakaliga slum of the Ugandan Capital of Kampala for much of its production, and a majority of the props seen were homemade. Much of its popularity overseas is owed to its...energetic YouTube trailers, low quality but exciting action/gunfight sequences and authentic action styling and camera work.

The plot begins with Captain Alex, a highly skilled USF special forces officer and a celebrated national hero, being ordered by the President of Uganda to take his platoon of commandos to the jungle to carry out a deep raid on a base that is home to the deadly Tiger Mafia gang, described as a large gang that rules Kampala and the suburbs around the city with an iron fist, now on the run due to several defeats at the hands of the USF. After stealthily sneaking into the base, taking out a few guards and directly assaulting the base (interrupting a drug deal that the gang was conducting and getting the USF into a deadly and long gunfight with multiple Tiger Mafia goons), the USF commandos manage to capture the brother of the gang's leader, Richard, and escape unharmed.

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The distraught Richard (after learning of his brother's capture by the USF on national TV), with the help of his double agent/spy on the inside of the USF command structure, retaliates with a massive assault on the USF base that results in the death of Captain Alex (it is disputed who killed him however) and the USF falling into disarray for quite a while. Now it is up to Bruce U, a mixed martial arts master and brother of the dead captain, to get revenge on the Tiger Mafia and bring Richard to justice before he, his Tiger Force goons and his squadron of attack helicopters put a plan into motion to destroy Uganda's cities and bring down Uganda's government for good.

The entire adventure is (sorta) narrated by Emmie (who is known in Uganda to narrate other films), a self described "video joker" or VJ for short, that provides commentary on the events in the film, or make silly jokes, or just shout out random words. The full film was released on Youtube in 2015, and was released as a Blu-ray double feature in June of 2019 with Bad Black.

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This film series contains examples of:

  • Accidental Aiming Skills: The way both the USF commandos and the Tiger Mafia goons hold the guns (hip-firing with sweeping motions and spraying and praying from cover with no iron sights) makes this trope come into effect, because although is almost impossible to hit someone if you use the posture they display here, they still manage to rack up a huge body count regardless.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees:
    • At one point, the camera pans over a flock of birds, and the Video Joker seemingly randomly remarks, "Dinosaurs." Birds are officially classified as such.
    • There really is a Shaolin school in Uganda, and some of the actors enter kung fu tournaments regularly.
    • There exist helicopters that fire the way the one depicted in this film does, and the director based them on a personal experience he had with them.
  • Audience Surrogate: When he's not being so hilariously over-the-top in his narration, VJ Emmie often attempts to voice the audience's sentiments during certain scenes, such as shouting "Jesus!" when someone gets stabbed in the throat.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Richard turns out to be quite a formidable in the final battle, even managing to shoot down two helicopters with a hand-held rifle.
  • A-Team Firing: The gun battles between the Ugandan Special Forces commandos and the Tiger Mafia Mooks, full stop. Both sides gunfire often only hit people so much because of the principles of More Dakka (as stated below) and Accidental Aiming Skills (as stated above), more than anything.
  • Bad Boss: Richard, the leader of the Tiger Mafia, shoots his own people whenever he gets angry, and even sees his own wives as expendable.
  • Big Bad: Richard, one of the very few named characters in the movie.
  • Big "NO!": Emmie lets one out when Katz's Delicatessen gets attacked.
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: A rather literal example. One guy mentions cooking "German Food" and when asked for details, he says he found German tourists and cooked them. The soldiers who talked with him thought it was delicious, and one even wanted the head. Like Predator. Then again, this was narrated by Emmie, so it's debatable if it's what they actually said.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Despite a constant spray of automatic gunfire, no one is ever shown reloading in the film. It's a good thing they don't have to reload, because almost no one ever appears to be carrying spare ammo.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: After asking everyone who killed Captain Alex, Richard, the Tiger Mafia leader, suddenly breaks character, turns to the camera and shouts "THEN WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX!? WHO!?", clearly exasperated at not getting a credible answer.
  • Captain Obvious: The VJ says things like "The movie is on!"
  • Decoy Protagonist: Captain Alex is set up as the closest thing to the main character, but knowing the movie's title, this doesn't last too long.
  • Dedication: Director Isaac Nabwana dedicated the film to his grandmother.
  • Design-It-Yourself Equipment: The guns. Some of them look like they had been cobbled together from scrap parts by the commandos, and some of them look completely made up, which is true in a sense considering the budget they had.
  • Distress Ball: The Russian mercenary working for the Tiger Mafia is a turbo-charged murder machine in battle, but for some reason he acts helpless and begs for his life when Richard threatens him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Zig-zagged. Richard deeply loves his brother and is distraught to learn that he's been captured. Conversely, he sees his wives as being expendable.
  • Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: "This is serious! Everybody in Uganda knows kung-fu!" And they mean everyone.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Captain Alex's commandos are so deadly the Tiger Mafia can't even see them even when they should be clearly visible.
  • Fake-Out Opening: The first thing shown is a sequence where the Ugandan People's Defence Air Force use a helicopter to blow up a city block, but it quickly cuts to a shot of the production crew filming some content before their logo appears.
  • Gorn: Since the film crew lacked practical blood effects, a lot of the blood seen in the film was done using real bovine blood.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Richard gets angry quite easily. This results in him shooting his own guys.
  • Hypocrite: Played for Laughs in Emmie's narration regarding the new military commander's smoking.
    The new military commander. He fights drugs and uses drugs.
  • Incompatible Orientation: In the opening scene, Captain Alex rejected the fawning female reporters by claiming to be gay. Even though it was a joke by Emmie, it takes balls of adamantium to say that even as a joke in Uganda seeing how gays are treated there.
  • Informed Attribute: Emmie claims that Puffs is a Russian mercenary. Nothing about him says "Russian". He's never seen speaking the language or with an accent, either.
  • Kick the Dog: Richard does these whenever he gets mad. And he gets mad very easily.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: According to Emmie, Bruce U is searching through Alex's belongings because he's looking for money.
  • Kung-Fu Jesus: Literally. One action scene takes place near the statue of Christ the Redeemer; as VJ Emmie cries "Help us, God!", the statue clones itself and crushes a mafia helicopter.
    "Jesus kung fu!"
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The narrator often reminds you that that you are watching a movie, and even goes so far as to start advertising other movies.
  • Lemony Narrator: VJ Emmie comes across as this, with his regular tangents and bizarre running commentary. This is actually a pretty common trope in Ugandan cinema, with VJ pretty much being an entire profession in itself.
  • Mildly Military: The Ugandan Special Forces Commandos and the Uganda People's Defence Force soldiers that support them. Let's see the reasons why.
    • The Ugandan soldiers and commandos in this movie wear camouflage clothing you can find in a typical Walmart or military survival store and wear no identifying patches, body armour or even military harnesses or gear.
    • The command structure for the USF is little seen, and the ones that do often tend to go into combat like a regular soldier.
    • The tactics and strategy for both the initial attack on the Tiger Mafia base and the final assault to kill Richard is basically a Zerg Rush with some military style cover shooting and moving up involved.
  • More Dakka: Whether they are mercenaries/guns for hire, Tiger Mafia goons or Ugandan Special Forces commandos, they all resort to indiscriminately blasting each other with machine guns if they get into a fight, with hip-firing that would be expected of a wannabe Rambo and aim that make you fail a basic firearms accuracy course.
  • Mood Whiplash: VJ Emmie isn't taking this movie seriously and neither should you. The best example of this comes when Tiger Mafia has captured a beautiful young woman, ties her up and tries to force her to marry him. All Played for Drama, of course. Then out of nowhere, a heart-shaped filter appears over the two of them, and the narrator announces "Welcome to Uganda!"
  • Monumental Damage: Inverted? The top of Elizabeth Towernote  comes off and flies after a Ugandan helicopter, apparently attempting to knock it down. Luckily for the people in the helicopter, they they fly by the Christo Redentor, which comes to life and stops the tower. Even Emmie has no idea what's going on.
    • Then played straight when the helicopter drops off some Supa Dupa Ugandans in New York City, and they attack Katz's Delicatessen. Emmie is heartbroken.
  • My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: Emmie occasionally mocks Uganda, for example playing it up as a Crapsack World in the above "Welcome to Uganda" scene.
  • Never My Fault: Richard blames Puffs for "making" him shoot one of his wives, even though there really was no need for that.
  • Never Trust a Title: The question of who killed Captain Alex is never answered, and after a very cursory investigation, the issue is dropped entirely from the film. Even the director doesn't know who killed Captain Alex.
  • No Ending: The big action sequence at the end stops fairly abruptly with the capture of the Big Bad before cutting to a government official watching a news report on the situation, with no resolution to the fates of the main cast.
  • Non Sequitur: VJ Emmie does this a lot, constantly screaming the movie is on, where he is broadcasting from, shouting random words that make no sense in the context of the scene and just plain gets overly excited at certain points.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: A consequence of the near nonexistent budget. All the gunfire, bullet holes, helicopters and explosions are fairly blatant plug-ins from a video editing program.
  • The Only One Allowed To Kill You: Presumably why Richard was distraught when he learned Captain Alex was killed by someone else.
  • Operation: [Blank]: Operation Cut Tigerz Ballz
  • Power Walk: The Tiger Mafia gang are seen doing this at certain points; during their first walk, VJ Emmie parodies the trope.
    "They walk slow 'cause they think slow. Slow, but sure."
  • Questioning Title?: Who Killed Captain Alex?.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Why no, you're not going to find out who killed Captain Alex. Not even the director knows the answer. This has become a running gag in Wakaliwood's following films.
    • The answer is finally shown in the opening scene of the "Bad Black".
  • Roundhouse Kick: "Tiger Mafia, supa kicker!"
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: VJ Emmie likes giving the film a little extra help in the sound effects department.
  • Sequel Hook: VJ Emmie's commentary adds one when Richard is captured by the Ugandan Special Forces.
    "I will get you all... in sequel!"
  • Sighted Guns Are Low-Tech:
    • Apparently, this trope comes into effect when most of the gun users don't even use iron sights.
    • The red mercenary's hand held machine gun, when he is fighting the USF commandos, comes with no iron sights at all, so he basically hip fires it for the entirety of the fight, who still manages to rack up a huge body count in spite of it.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance:
    • The movie is scored with whatever music was royalty free. VJ Emmie lampshades the use of totally inappropriate music as the Tiger Mafia gang doing an Power Walk to the sound of soft, soulful piano music (actually a MIDI cover of ABBA's "Mamma Mia").
    "Now it's time for Who Killed Captain Alex: The Musical!"
    • Also, a panpipes cover of Seal's "Kiss of a Rose" plays during completely inappropriate times, like during a serious drama scene or a stealth scene. It just makes everything comedic for some reason.
  • The Stinger: Two: the first is a message from the director thanking audiences for watching his movie, and the second is a series of titles of movies that the production crew is working on.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The Tiger Mafia commando blows up several buildings in Kampala to in an attempt to distract the USF.
  • Take That!: Emmie claims that the woman the Tiger Mafia capture at one point was captured because they caught her watching Nigerian movies. He also claims that she's promising to never watch Nollywood again.
  • Unreliable Narrator: "Video Joker" Emmie provides a very colourful commentary throughout the movie. Occasionally he provides narration or explains who is on the screen (e.g "Tiger Mafia, the most deadliest gang in Uganda"), but most of the time he is translating random snippets of dialogue, making sound effects, riffing, laughing, or just shouting the word "Movie!" or "Hello!" for no apparent reason.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: A minor example with the name of the military operation conducted by the USF commandos (Operation Cut Tigerz Balls).

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