MOVIE TITLE: EXCURSION (IRIN AJO EKO)
PRODUCER: TUNDE S. JIMOH
DIRECTOR: BOGUNMBE ABIOLA PAUL
MAIN CAST: AKIN KOLAPO, YEMI AKINLOSOTU, IBRAHIM CHATTA, JOKE MUYIWA, ADEYEMI ADEYEMO, TAWA AJISEFINI, TOBILOBA ABRAHAM, VICTORIA AJIBOLA.
LOCATION: IBADAN, NIGERIA.
PRODUCTION COMPANY: SLATE 1 FILMS ACADEMY
DURATION: 1 HOUR 27 SECONDS
RELEASE DATE: 2015
GENRE: ADVENTURE, HORROR
MOVIE RATING: 5/10
REVIEWER: UDOH HELEN KUFRE
All is well for a group of students and staff on excursion, until an armed robbery attack leaves them stranded in a haunted forest.
ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION:
a. CAMERA SHOTS AND MOVEMENT
i. Extremely long shot
ii. Long shot
iii. Medium shot
iv. Extreme close up shot
There were a number of high and extreme high-angled shots, many mid-angled shorts, and a few low-angled shots. There were vertical movement shots too, indicating the use of a crane.
b. CAMERA SPEED
Camera speed was normal, with a few slow-motion effects in one or two scenes.
Cut, fade-in, fade-out and wipe, in the second to third scene.
The movie’s lighting was good. There were a few scenes with occasional faulty lighting but it was good in general.
The movie is summarily about a group of secondary school students who embark on an excursion with some members of staff and facaulty and despite warnings from Yemi Akinlosotu (Froggie), a fellow student and stop to rest. They eventually get robbed and in their bid to escape robbers, venture into a haunted forest. The rest of the movie sees the death of a few and psychological testing of some others. In the end, they meet an old woman who explains the mystery behind the forest, gives them a way out of the forest and dies afterwards.
Generally, I think the story behind the movie is a brilliant one. The movie teaches lessons, gives morals and is quite interesting due to its adventurous nature. The costume and props used were quite commendable. For a movie produced in 2015, it was able to make use of proper ancient attires and props- mud and thatched houses, bamboo houses and so on. I commend the Costumes and Makeup persons. Lighting was relatively good, continuity was also perfect.
However, some scenes of the movie were utterly unrealistic. In one scene, a girl was bitten by a snake and in the very next scene, which was on that same day, she was able to run as well as the others without even limping. In another, one of the students who died with her eyes opened blinked straight into the camera. In two consecutive scenes, one shot was fired, but two people died. One scene even had one of the cast smile straight into the camera when she was clearly engaged in a conversation.
In addition, the sound effects occasionally flopped. Sometimes, the sound of insects in the night and other background sound effects overshadowed the voices of the cast, making it almost impossible to hear what was being said. There were quite a number of grammatical errors both in speech and subtitles; misuse of tenses and poor grammar usage. The cast were in summary a bit lackadaisical and at some point failed to deliver.
Aside these flaws, the movie is one to enjoy. The end of the movie was a bit saddening with the death of the old woman just after she found one of the students was her grandson.
Conclusively, I would say the crew did well could have done better. The undoings and flaws of the movie could be also traced to the cast. Basically, what I see here is a great story but inefficient man-power to deliver its substance, which brings us back to the crew’s inefficiency, here, in selecting the cast. I cannot say the movie was a total failure because it really was not. There was just a lot more that could have been done that was not done. I commend the producers for a great movie. Even though it could be more than great, it still was worth the time.