Under Cover
South Africa, 1985, 68 minutes, SD
Under Cover Synopsis

In this nail-biting thriller from South Africa, an up-and-coming, hard-working police sergeant is tasked with an under-cover assignment where he is to pose as a mysterious assassin known as Jakalasi and execute a hit on the local police captain.

But it is a dangerous game the young cop is playing, and with the mob boss’ right hand man suspicious of the new arrival, it’s only a matter of time before his cover is blown, and when that day finally comes, and all hell will break loose for the cop and his friends.

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Reviewed by nikkareyes
The movie is about a cop named Jakalasi  who goes undercover in order to infiltrate the place of a mob leader and while he seems to succeed at first to... more
The movie is about a cop named Jakalasi  who goes undercover in order to infiltrate the place of a mob leader and while he seems to succeed at first to gain the trust of the man he was ultimately discovered by one of the mob boss' men. To make things worst, Princess, Jakalasi's girlfriend gets kidnapped by the bad guys and he had to act fast or else it would be too late. I noticed that the topic of kidnappings has been constantly used in some of the African films I've seen,  this seems to be one of the famous topics during such era locally. Nevertheless,  the actors are commendable in their performances especially the lead actor who played the role of Jakalasi. He can be serious but can also be comedic and he's energetic and quick in his actions, suited for the cop character he's portraying. 
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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
This crime thriller film has its suspenseful scenes although generally I could say that the plot is way too similar with some of the other African films I've seen.  The... more
This crime thriller film has its suspenseful scenes although generally I could say that the plot is way too similar with some of the other African films I've seen.  The unique element here though was the fact that Jakalasi went undercover to know the ins and outs of the mob boss' activities. Acting performances are quite okay and the roles acted out naturally although not really commendable. Most of the actors, including the lead star is a familiar face in the local African films of the '80s era.
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  • the story explores  the notion of an undercover policeman which is a dangerous thing to do but one of the most daring techniques used by the police force in order to get inside information. 

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