TITLE: Ijé-The Journey
PRODUCER: Xandria Productions
DIRECTOR: Chineze Anyaen
SCREEN PLAY: Chineze Anyaene & Samuel Tilson
MAIN CAST: Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Genevieve Nnaji, Ulrich Que, Clem Ohameze , Diana Yekini
LOCATION: Nigeria, America
DURATION: 1hrs 47mins
DATE OF RELEASE: July 2010 (Nigeria)
March 2010 (U.S.A)
REVIEWER: Sokoya Teniola (14be016618)
ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION
Close up shot
Over the shoulder shot
High angle shot
REVIEW: Nigerian movies have come a long way from what it used to be and Ijé is proof that something good can come out of a well put together script.
Ijé- the Journey features two of Nigeria’s heavy weights in the movie industry, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji as the lead actors and it co-stars a number of foreign actors who manage to spice up the movie.
Like most Nollywood movies, Ije is based on a theme, but it is better integrated into the storyline and not shoved down ones throat like some others. In this movie, two sisters must mend their relationship as well as come to terms with their past. There was no shortage of the occasional pun, which showed the often seen cluelessness of life as a foreigner in Western lands. I found the scene with the immigrations officer at the beginning to be classic, something that Nigerians who have been through the international airports should relate to.
The first half of the movie straightforward but rather slow; it seemed to me as if it would be a standard criminal case where Anya would eventually be acquitted. But as events progressed, it became obvious that she had something to hide, as she was not revealing to Jalen everything that had happened in her marriage with her late husband. The pace of the movie quickened dramatically after this and it ended in an unexpected and emotional dramatic scene in court which, quite frankly, left me very moved.
The sound in the background was a little too much as I would have preferred if not every scene had some sort of music playing in the background and thus give the pictures a life of their own. Still on Music, Asa crooning her hit “Awe” as the opening soundtrack was alright initially but then it started dragging on and was used a second time in the movie making it tiring.
I decided to go in on the actors in the movie as the last part of my review as I was expecting more from Omotola and Genevieve but instead their acting wasn’t so impressive but worth raising compared to Ulrich Que’s (Jalen Turner, the lawyer) acting in the movie. Not all the actors were unconvincing in their roles and one of those that managed to deliver was the inmate “Libby” played by Diana Yekini.
While Ijé – The Journey isn’t your everyday Nollywood film and had a good storyline, I certainly won’t be watching this one a second time as the movie wasn’t captivating nor was it thrilling. But for acting sake and for the love of something new and different from the Nigerian scene, I employ you to watch the movie. The DVD is out and can be purchased at your local stores.