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    Welcome to Movie Evolution!

    We  are glad you got on this page. In case you have not noticed, this is a page where we review Nigerian movies. Name the movie and you will get it here. Going by all the manner of titles we have seen, all we can say is that you are in for a treat. By the way, this is a class project for the course Introduction to Film, Cinema and Literature, in the Department of Mass Communication, Covenant University. Now, the project is in full swing.  To our dear students, we can’t wait to see the fantastic posts you will be making on this blog. And to our precious readers, kindly let us know what you feel about the posts by commenting. Thanks. All the best.

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    NAME: AWOYEMI OLASUNKANMI

    MATRICULATION NO: 14BE016560

    COURSE CODE: MAC 215

     

    MOVIE REVIEW

    KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR

     

    DIRECTOR: Desmond Elliot

    WRITER: Emem Isong

    SCREENPLAY: Uduak Isong Oguamanam

    CAST: Majid Michael

               Blossom Chukwujekwu

               Adesua Etomi

               Ini Edo

    DURATION: 2:08:35

    YEAR: 2014

    GENRE: Religious drama

    MOVIE RATINGS: 3.5/10

    REVIEWER: AWOYEMI OLASUNKANMI

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    Knocking on Heaven’s Door from the stables of the Royal Arts Academy tells the story of a musically talented young woman and church goer married to an insecure and selfish brutish man. From the synopsis, I am guessing  that you guys already feel you all know how it would end, I thought that too but I was in for a surprise(please note, it wasn’t a pleasant one).

    Casting seemed well thought out as they had a somewhat newbie in the production as the female lead. Debbie played by Adesuwa Etomi handled the timid, obedient and humble wife role well. In fact so well, that I felt that I should shake the bejesus out of her for the way she played. Now, even though I was totally into the character, I wasn’t convinced, there were scenes that I didn’t feel like she was too afraid or totally defeated /shoulders fallen. Also it felt like pure fiction, not relatable at all as I wasn’t convinced that there are people like that in this world, but we aren’t talking about that right? Kudos to her, I loved the monologue scene and her slowing becoming senile.

    For the lead male, Mr. Chukwujekwu who played her husband and manager was spot on. Acting is all about trying other character and Blossom did himself a service by taking this role. It does need some more work to able to carry on with ease, especially if it’s not one’s nature but as a psychotic angry maniac, selfish and insecure character, he handle it well. Did I mention it’s a musical? Well it is! The singing part of the movie was horrible. Adesuwa was more believable as a singer than Blossom as a singer and piano player.

    Majid played a role in this production and even though we won’t like to admit, Majid is slowly taking over from our main Nigerian characters. This year alone, he has been in 8 Nigerian and Ghanaian productions. As for playing Tom, he has his moments. He played the role of music producer, not a pimp.

    Production was pretty clean. More editing was necessary. The pastor’s scene, the dancing scene, the long opening scene that we truly didn’t need and the list goes on. I was beginning to settle into the script, believing it was just okay until I heard this from Adesuwa’s character “I would go to bed alive and wake up dead”. Like I mentioned, it was a musical, sound track was somewhat okay. There were some okay songs; also the duet would have been awesome if they were truly singing and nit miming or better still lip syncing.

    “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” provided one nothing new under the sun, neither did it spark any empathy to the real situation that might be going on.

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  • ALL THAT GLITTERS

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    TITLE OF MOVIE: ALL THAT GLITTERS 1 & 2

    MOVIE GENRE: Drama

    PRODUCER: Grace Johnson & Emem Isong.

    DIRECTOR: Tom Robson

    STORY: Bola Aduwo, Uduak Isong, Oguamanam, Rita C Onwurah

    Bola Aduwo, Uduak Isong Oguamanam, Rita C. Onwurah

    MAIN CAST:

    Grace Johnson, Alexx Ekubo, Ini Edo, Uru Eke, Perez Egbi

    LOCATION: Nigeria

    DURATION: 1 Hour 12minutes 10 seconds

    INITIALLY RELEASED: 2013

    RATING: 10/10

    REVIEWER: Masego Busumane – 15BE02264

    Synopsis

    An unemployed man finally lands a job that promises to enhance life for his family but instead his marriage goes downhill when he becomes intimately involved with a co-worker.

    Review:

    Ini and Collins have been together for ten years. While Collins (Alexx Ekubo) was unemployed Ini (Grace Johnson) took care of the bills, maintained the house, and raised their two boys. After searching for a job for quite some time, Collins finally lands a job with a prosperous company. As he became acclimated in his key position with the firm, his wife and African lifestyle became less attractive. He allowed himself to become intimately involved with a co-worker and eventually left his wife for the “other woman.”

    The novelty of the new relationship wears off fairly quickly when his new girlfriend doesn’t cook and Collins finds himself eating bread and butter sandwiches for dinner. The sexual relationship also wanes and he eventually loses the job due to a few mistakes. Soon after, his new girlfriend dumps him because without a job she considered him to be a liability. All alone and feeling like a fish out of water, Collins attempts to get his wife back.

    “All That Glitters” is about infidelity and although it doesn’t offer a new twist on a common theme it’s still engrossing enough to watch. Collins got “too big for his britches” and made the mistake of believing that the “grass is greener.” He met an educated woman at work and forgot that the reason his wife isn’t educated is because she dropped out of school to give birth to his son. But Ini isn’t blameless. She let herself go during the marriage. She no longer cared how she looked, didn’t get proper grooming and Collins was no longer attracted to her.

    The question of the day is would it have been acceptable if Ini cheated on Collins because he was no longer handsome and had a potbelly? What’s your opinion?

    As for performances Grace Johnson and Alexx Ekubo were front burner in this movie and their performances are believable for the most part. Alexx Ekubo gave a relaxed performance and there were scenes where he should have shown more emotion. The reasons that motivated his change in attitude was not clear but this may be a writing issue and not that of the actor, however there needed to be more of a visual transition from one level of thinking to the other. Since the “other woman” appeared to be “americanized” the writers should have focused a little more on her influence on Collins.

    In terms of star power, Ini Edo is billed as the star of the movie but she was more the star in the movie because she played a very small role. 

    In this case all the glitters turn out to be gold because this is a fairly decent movie.

     

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION

    SOUND EFFECTS- the sound effects was really good and everything is audible.

    COSTUME – The costume suite the characters as well as the movie theme. It matches with what people wear on the status quo. The costume designer chose well.

    SHOTS AND ANGLES

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    My favorite quote; ” Collins you are playing with fire, real fire..okay”

  • CRY

    TITLE; Cry

    PRODUCER; Emem Isong, Susan Peters

    DIRECTOR; Desmond Elliot

    SCREEN PLAY; Uduak Isong Oguamanam

    MAIN CAST; Alero (Mary Lazarus), Fred (Joseph Benjamin), Ese (Susan Peters), Temisan (uti)

    LOCATION: Lagos

    DURATION:  1 hour 45 mins

    DATE OF RELEASE: 2015

    MOVIE RATING: 9/10… Excellent

    REVIEWER: Jonathan Josephine Iruesiri [15BE02282]

    SYNOPSIS: Alero (Mary Lazarus) believed she was in the perfect marriage to the perfect man, but all that changes when she wakes up to an empty bed and a note from her husband that he had left her (for her best friend unknown to her). In the process of dealing with an unfaithful, runaway husband and a betraying friend, Alero found comfort in tending to a wealthy but blind young man but had to deal with her inner demons which left her confused and almost losing out on love.

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION;

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    REVIEW: Susan Peters and Uti are both comical with their delivery, making people laugh as they watch the film. Joseph Benjamin plays his blind man thoroughly; Mary’s acting skills on the other hand are estimable. Nevertheless, there are a few notable errors in the dialogue; when they fell out, Temisan tells Ese ‘ahh, you jazzed me’; as if he is just realizing that she cast a spell on him. The way Uti conveys that message leaves everyone laughing heartily.

    In another scene, Ego tells Alero: ‘if I was there, this wouldn’t have happened’. Alero responds; ‘there is no hard feelings ’instead of ‘there are no hard feelings’. Another was when Thandie said ‘you know how much important this trip is to me’ instead of; you know how important this trip is to me. There is an exchange between Ese and Temisan, where Temisan asks, ‘Ese, what did you just say? Ese replies, ‘nothing that needs any repeatation’. There is no such word in the English Language. Repetition is the right word.

    The picture created of Fred in the movie is that of a wealthy and educated man, how come it took a long while to explore all the medical options available to him. A wealthy man like Fred couldn’t have waited for that advice before seeking quality medical care whether in Nigeria or abroad.

     

    It is quite disappointing that ‘CRY’ was not well publicized, especially on the internet. These are the shortcomings in the movie CRY, apart from these, the movie is interestingly exceptional; the picture quality is fabulous and would make one want to watch the entire movie by just sighting a scene. Sounds and shots in the movie are simply on point. Dramatic elements such as; humour, suspense, sarcasm and irony deployed by the writer in the story made the movie even more interesting and entertaining. Kudos to Emem Isong, Susan Peters and Desmond Elliot for a movie well produced and directed.

    CONCLUSION; The movie CRY is a story that centres on a young and married lady who got dumped by her precious husband for her friend. She finds it difficult to pull herself together and face reality, crying all the time was her duty, but with the help of a caring friend, she found a way to love again. The movie is such a suspense filled movie that keeps one glued to the screen and wondering what’s next. It communicates to us some of the challenges people go through in life and how they can over come such challenges by determination and faith.

    The acting skills of the actors are exclusive and everyone fits into their characters perfectly. It ended in a very happy way as everyone got what they deserved. More movies like this should be produced.

     

    Favourite quote: ‘ah… you jazzed’ me, said by Temisan to Ese.

  • Bonds of Love

    On the whole a very brilliant and commendable attempt  by a budding movie critic. The criticism is not only detailed and to the point but very constructive .

     

    SALAKO ADEBAYO PATRICK

  • CONTRACT

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    TITLE OF MOVIE: Contract

    MOVIE GENRE: Drama

    PRODUCER: Shirley Frimpong- Manso¸ Yvonne Okoro and Ken Atto

    DIRECTOR: Shirley Frimpong- Manso

    STORY: Herty Owusu

    MAIN CAST: Homla Dandala(Peter), Yvonne Okoro (Abena) and Joseph Benjamin(Kuuku)      

    LOCATION: Lagos, Nigeria

    DURATION: 2 Hour 10minutes 55 seconds

    INITIALLY RELEASED: 2014

    RATING: 10/10

    REVIEWER: Masego Busumane – 15BE02264

     

    SYNOPSIS

    Peter is a successful businessman and the ultimate alpha male and a staunch bachelor. Despite his mother’s persistent attempt to find him a woman, to settle down with, Peter sticks to his guns of a non-committal casual relationships, freedom and complete control of his life. Not wanting to live solo for the rest of his, his devices a structured means to have a child without the normal drama that comes with it. Enter Abena, a crude but clever local girl who is anything but impressed with Peter’s influence. With a clear definitive contract outlining the dos and don’ts, these two opposites must exercise every ounce of will power not to kill each other until their child is born.

    REVIEW

    This movie is the most interesting movie I ever watched. My feelings and emotions were really captured by the main actors. It is worth watching. The production team has done exceptionally well just from the conception of the movie idea to what we are able to see on the screen as a complete movie package. The one hour duration of the movie is worth sacrificing for. The cast crew, mostly the main actors played their roles very well. The setting and plot matched well with its scenes. Abena played her part well.

    The choice of characters for this movie was totally apt. Haven’t seen any of Yvonne Okoro’s movies so imagine my surprise as I watched her hold her own against top industry people like Benjamin Joseph and Hlomla Dandala. As a crude girl she was almost village like, naïve but still held on to her pride. I would have preferred her a bit older than 27 but been that age wasn’t too bad.

    Joseph was awesome, his character played an extremely vital role in advising his loyal buddy and not insisting his friend change his ways, I loved his demure and carriage playing this role was a winner for me and I can’t readily think of anyone who  the role suited more like it did Joseph.

    For the main attraction, Hlomla Dandal was my champion. While on Channel O as a VJ, I had watched and enjoyed his style of presenting. As Jacob Makhubu of Jacobs Cross I adored him and as Peter he was spot on. He was a good alpha male, running his life as a routine and never wanting his schedule broken. His role was totally relatable to what we have out there and when people say roles are made for certain people, this role was created with him in mind and it was totally commendable.

     

    Can’t say much to the script writer who did well. When I watch our Nollywood movies, an American version comes to mind but I’m proud to say that with The Contract it wasn’t so.  The woes came in with directing though! Picture quality wasn’t too sharp, had the usual dark scene and some angles where not flattering to the characters. The sex screens and its unflattering sound like it was either porn or a herculean task to have sex, felt overdone. I would love to know, what the director thinking when Peter and a pregnant Abena were making out and he was literally on top of her tummy!

     

    In the movie, a typical traditional culture of parents in Nigeria is portrayed where Peter’s mother brought her a girl to marry from the village and since Nigerian parents value children, the mother decide to send the  girl away when she heard that Abena is pregnant.

    Lighting error; the lighting in the movie set was good and it improved the visual quality of the movie. Also, the colour grading is perfect.

    Sound error: The sound quality was really good, thanks to the sound director and editor. The choice of music is good. It was nicely composed.

     

    Cast: The casts played their roles affectionately. They matched their characters.

     

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION

    SOUND EFFECTS- the sound effects was really good and everything is audible.

    COSTUME – The costume suite the characters as well as the movie theme. It matches with what people wear on the status quo. The costume designer chose well.

    SHOTS AND ANGLES

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    CAMERA PLACEMENTS AND ANGLES

    Low angle and Extremely low angleCalling attention to something and in this case- to the ring

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  • Mr and Mrs

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    TITLE: Mr and Mrs.

    PRODUCERS: Chinwe Egwuagu

    DIRECTOR: Ikechukwu Onyeka

    GENRE: Drama/Romance

    MAIN CAST: Joseph Benjamin, Nse ikpe etim, Thelma Okodua, Barbara Soky

    LOCATION(S):  Nigeria

    DURATION: 93m

    DATE OF RELEASE: 2012

    MOVIE RATING: 8

    REVIEWER: Esekumuemu Emmanuel

    SYNOPSIS: This drama-filled romance movie focuses on Kenneth Abbah, an accomplished businessman and his wife, Susan Abbah who is lawyer, turned housewife by her husband who causes her physical and emotional stress. The movie focuses on her bid to get back the man who she fell in love with.

     

     

     

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION

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    REVIEW: The movie has a great storyline with the perfect actors for each role and great delivery. The background music for every scene fit each scene.

    CONCLUSION: The movie “Mr and Mrs” started and ended well with great actors, amazing direction, good background music and qualitative camera angles.


    FAVOURITE QUOTE: “common sense not common at all”

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Osuofia in Brazil

     

     

     

     

    TITLE: Osuofia in Brazil 1

    PRODUCER: Ifeanyi Udokwu

    DIRECTOR: Reginald Ebere and Abel Ebere  

    MAIN CAST: Nkem Owoh, Ngozi Ezeonu, Chineloh oloh

    LOCATION: Enugu & Brazil

    DURATION: 55:19

    DATE OF RELEASE: 2003

    MOVIE RATING: 4\10

    REVIEWER: AYO-SONUBI IREOLUWA DAVID (15BE02263)

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    REVIEW: Osuofia in Brazil 1is the first of the sequel. Osuofia is a village headmaster who uses his uncanny wisdom to waylay his community members into sending him to Brazil in order to develop his community but he most obviously has other contingency plans. The movie is set in Enugu Nigeria.

    CONCLUSION: The movie being classified under the comedy genre did not live up to its expectations as it failed to really crack the atmosphere up, although it did a little bit of lightening up. The movie did well to portray some values which are rapidly becoming nonexistent in our ever-changing society

     

     

  • Back from South Africa

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    MAIN CAST: FRANCIS ODEGA, STEPHEN ALAJEMBA, BISHOP IME UMOH, JNR. POPE ODOWODO, DEDE ONE DAY

    GENRE: TRAGI-COMEDY

    LANGUAGE: ENGLISH, IGBO, PIDGIN.

    PRODUCTION MANAGER: CLETUS BENSON

    LOCATION MANAGER: SIGNOR NATH NWOKE

    POST PRODUCTION: ULTIMATE STUDIOS

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: EVANS ORJI

    DIRECTOR: EVANS ORJI (dgn)

    YEAR: 2014

    DURATION: 1:12:50

    MOVIE RATING: 6

    REVIEWER: DANIEL EMUAN CHINEDU- 15BE02273

     

     

     

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION:

    PICTURE: THE PICTURE QUALITY WAS FAIR.

    SOUND EFFECTS: POOR SOUND EFFECTS.

     

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    SYNOPSIS.

    The Movie revolves round Mbute, Joshua, Eze and Kampo. Mbute is a welder in the village, he sold all his welding equipment to pay for his trip to South Africa. On getting there, He was given accommodation by Ejike, who happens to be a drug lord. Ejike’s wife doesn’t like Mbute. Mbute starts disturbing Ejike the he wants to hustle and earn money, Mbute was then given a trial in the drug business then he messed up and was sent packing out of Ejikes’s house. Joshua, Eze and Kampo were villagers, who were taken to South Africa to work by another drug lord, Emeka. After refusing to do the dirty work for some time, they finally agreed. As they were given their first job they stole all the money from the drugs then travelled down to their village in Nigeria.

    REVIEW:

    This is a typical Nigerian movie so I guess it was expected, the title of the movie is “Back from South Africa” but they never shot any scene in South Africa, they only tried to make us think they were in South Africa.

     

     

     

  • THE VISIT

     

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    PRODUCER: BIODUN STEPHEN

    DIRECTOR:  OLUFUNKE FAYOYIN

    SCREENPLAY: KEHINDE JOSEPH AND BIODUN STEPHEN

    MAINCAST: NSE IKPE ETIM, FEMI JACOBS, BLOSSOM CHUKWUJEKWU, BAYRAY MCNWIZU

    LOCATION: NIGERIA

    SYNOPSIS: THE VISIT is a Nigerian romantic comedy thriller film. The film, which is a four-cast movie, the film focuses on the life of two couples with different lifestyles living in the same apartment block and how they handle conflict when their lifestyles collide.

    MOVIE RATING: ( FROM 1 BEING POOR AND 10 BEING EXCELLENT) 8.5

    DURATION: 1 hour 4minutes 17seconds

    REVIEWER: OJOMO ANJOLAJESU IBUKUNOLUWA – 15BE02297

    THE REVIEW

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       This movie is not just good movie but also a very bright idea. This is the first four-cast movie in Nigeria. It is quite exceptional and not the kind of “cliché” Nigerian movies we are used to .the actors were definitely handpicked by God. The screenwriters are acknowledged for creating expectation and taking the story to a different direction, each time. For instance, when Lanre (BLOSSOM CHUKWUJEKWU) calls Ajiri( NSE IKPE ETIM) a bitch and she responds by asking him, ‘Is it not losers that marry bitches?, one will expect domestic abuse will follow, but the story goes another way. The deployment of witty dialogue and innumerable subtext do not go unnoticed. Even the sexual  innuendo in the name Shagaya- Shagwell- is apt.

       I would give this movie a 10 except two faulty premises. One, the contact between the two couples is triggered by the unruly behavior of the Shagayas, which becomes intolerable when the glass window is shattered. Two, Ajiri and Eugenia are said to have grown up in Warri and Sapele ( tow neigbhbouring towns in Delta state) respectively.

       On the second faulty premises, the Warri variant of the Pigin English is unmistakable, contradicting Ajiri’s claim that she was raised in Warri and lived in there for 18 years. Above all, she could not pronounce her name appropriately, the warri  way. Ajiri /aziri/ as in measure not /adziri/ in judge; same for Ejiro and Damijo,  two other names from that part of the country. The fact that Ajiri is from Warri should have come with accent, she did not have to say so herself because dialogue could also show action in film. However director fails to execute this properly. Even when Eugenia speaks Pidgin English, the “waffi” accent is not very discernable . Eugenia could not even properly pronounce Sapele the second time. Still the producer could have made two ladies comr from any part of country.

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    CONCLUSION

    Needless to say, it is not enough to hit on a brilliant idea, the execution of the same to achieve excellent results is even more important and this is where the visit falters

    FAVOURITE QUOTE: by Ajiri Shagaya (NSE IKPE ETIM) – “See her eyelash like batman cape”

  • lawsuit

     

    LAWSUIT (2016)

     

    CAST: James Gardner, Nadia Buhari, Dester Anawuna and Liverpool akyla

     

    DIRECTOR: Efe Bernard

     

    Producer: Pappar Deric

     

    Duration: 1hour 53min                                        

     

    Synopsis: Drake (James gardener) is the best lawyer in the land, he is proud and arrogant but always stands for the truth, when he wanted to to sue his companies biggest client, the firm decided to hire an equally good lawyer Bridget (Nadia Buhari) to distract him, but they end up falling in love.

     

    Review: efe benard brings yet another adrenaline filled, suspense and love inspired movie to the big screen, we see all sorts of familiar faces this time around but the audience is introduced to a few new characters as well.

     

    This film served ar great entertainment with its colorful cast and numerous plot twist, actors that have acted on the big stages where used and they all shone in their respective roles.

     

    It is a 1hour 53min movie, this movie is fairly long, there were a few times when the movie felt a bit drawn out but the gorgeous scenes and impressive dialogue really held the audience’s attention and kept them on the edge of their seats.

     

    Despite the films minor shortcomings, LAWSUIT is exciting, creative and love filled and well worth a few hours of your time.

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