PRODUCER: Sharafadeen Olabode
DIRECTOR: Seun Olaiya
MAIN CAST: Odunlade Adekola, Muyiwa Ademola, Kemi Afolabi, Dele Odule, Joke Muyiwa, Bigval Jokotoye.
LOCATIONS: Lagos State, Ibadan (Oyo state)
DURATION: 1hr 17mins 3 seconds
DATE OF RELEASE: 2014
MOVIE RATING: 7
REVIEWER: Oyedeji Temiloluwa Lawrence 15be02307
Oyenusi is a true life story of an armed robber who was fearless, arrogant and very powerful; he put fear in people and preferred to be called President or Governor depending on his mood. This made the authorities (specifically a police woman detective) look for the source of his power since he could not be killed, it was found and he was killed by a firing squad.
When I watched the movie, I was very entertained but when I read the true story, I was quite disappointed in the movie because they didn’t do their research well before embarking on the movie production. The actors, directors and make up in fact every other thing in this story was excellent but the story itself didn’t quite tell us why he considered to be a full time notorious armed robber; From the movie, he was so greedy from his childhood days that he ate a concoction his herbalist guardian, Dele Odule, prepared to cure a patient who had the spirit of theft. This made his greed aggravate into pilferage, such that he became so notorious for this act.
I wasn’t born in the time of Oyenusi, but when I read about him he wasn’t a doctor, he didn’t even finish secondary school, he fancied himself being called doctor real life, whereas the movie pictured him as an educated person a medical doctor who also had diabolical powers he used to heal people but had a defect i.e. to steal people’s things.
Oyenusi was painted as a man without any feelings from the beginning of this movie but according to history his first robbery was when he snatched a car and sold it for four hundred naira to help his broke girlfriend. The only part that was somehow in line with snatching a car and selling the car was when he gave the police detective a stolen car.
And then according to history, when the source of his powers was discovered, Oyenusi the strong-hearted villain did not beg; instead, he was smiling even when he was shot, but in the movie, this man who never feared anybody was begging for his. Well, the director should be blamed for not doing a good research.
The actors were exceptional though; Odunlade Adekola’s acting skills looked very mature as he looked to have stepped up in his vocals, gestures and gesticulations. His comic and raw acting skills brought life to the movie so much so that one will be carried away from noticing the flaws in the movie. For example, the court scene where he shot, Kemi Afolabi, the police inspector, was pure drama. It should be put on replay as Odun and Muyiwa’s supportive role, made the scene interesting to watch.
Although, the crew faulted in some part but their good works surpass their faults.
ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION
SOUNDS AND PROPS
The props and sound of the movie was faulty in some aspects. For example, Dele Odule, Mr. Adekanmi’s shirt was sparkling white after a hard day’s work as a teacher in one of the scenes. Also, Oyenusi’s ally and principal partner, JB, had some scenes where his beards were all black in color while it is supposed to have a grey divide as posited in major scenes of the movie. The sound track was melodious enough to chronicle an epic movie and as its unconventional use of adventurous beats and renaissance vocals made the film more suspense-filled.
The font sizes of the sub-titles were also not regular, making it tough for a person in a seating far to read. But the fact that they acknowledge that the non yorubas will also be interested in the movie therefore providing a subtitle is excellent.
The greatest flaw of the movie is that it was shot in a modern day setting with the picture of President Jonathan on the wall of the police commissioner’s office in one of the scenes. How can an historical 1970’s story that be told in with the settings of present day? Funny right? Even the cars used were too cool for 1971
The adverts too were too much making it clear that Yoruba movie production still has a long way to go.
SHOTS AND ANGLES
Here are some shots from the movie
1. Close shot
2. Long shot
3. Medium shot
This movie has potentials of a cinema creation if well researched, written and screen played. Should the time be set in consonance with the historical 1971 Oyenusi, the movie would have been a blockbuster.