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  • RADO


    PRODUCER: OkikiAfolayan

    DIRECTOR: OkikiAfolayan

    EDITOR: AdeyemiOladele

    CONTINUITY: Saheed A. Abolaji

    STARRING: FunshoAdeolu, Murphy Afolabi, TaiwoAromokun, ToyinAimaku, Niyi Johnson,Lizzy Dal Silva.

    LOCATIONS: Lagos

    DURATION: 1:15:13


    MOVIE RATING: on a scale of 1-10, I’ll give this movie 7.

    REVIEWER: Abraham Esther


    SYNPOSIS:Two love birds hit a whoopee of Six million naira and decide to invest it into a movie production.…  It is often said that you should never pray for patience because when you do, the Lord is sure to give you something to try your patience……. ‘LONG SUFFERING’…What is the cause of the downfall of noblemen? Why is it women?  Sit back and find out…


    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION:                                        

    LIGHTING: there was no special kind of lighting technique used here. It seemed like they tried to play safe. The lights were just okay.

    PICTURE QUALITY: The quality of the movie is too poor. But it could have been better since it’s a 2014 movie.

    COSTUME: there was no need for much costume change in the movie as it was just a day event.

    SOUND EFFECT: The sound effect used at the beginning was too long and boring.

    CAMERA SHOTS: the camera men here employed a variety of shots like:


    ·         HIGH ANGLE SHOT: Because the camera is looking down, we use it to show superiority

    Screenshot_2015-10-25-23-42-11-1HIGH ANGLE SHOT

    ·         CLOSE UP SHOT: it was used to call attention to details, they use it for the face of the person, and it tells you something that is extremely important.

    Screenshot_2015-10-25-23-37-53CLOSE UP SHOT

    ·         MEDIUM SHOT: 70% of movies use medium shot, it is a closer and personal shot to show conversation between themselves.

    Screenshot_2015-10-25-23-41-30-1MEDIUM SHOT


    Screenshot_2015-10-25-23-41-40-1EXTREME CLOSE UP SHOT

    REVIEW: I am not really a fan of Nigerian movies especially not Yoruba movies, but the name of this movie was just too funny and when I heard that only 6 casts were used in the entire movie, I just had to watch it.

    OkikiAfolayan has done well with this Yoruba movie bringing creativity to play. “RADO” is filled with a lot of comedy that is sure to glue the audience to the screen. 

    This movie is a good one: Screenplay, scriptwriting, and directing were well coordinated. In fact, I would have given it a 10 rating if not for the fact that the movie quality wasn’t so impressing for a movie produced in 2014. Another major flaw was theboring introduction, with a long and solemn song used at the beginning. It can make a person lose interest in the movie. Also, the use of TaiwoAromokun for the role of Macelwasn’t a good move; her skills were very poor for the movie. 

    Also, the concept behind the movie is nice, the storyline depicts PATIENCE. The entire movie happened within 8hours(8:48a.m. – 5:00p.m), it is said that ‘patience is never too much unless you don’t have it’ if only Rado waited for a minute or two his friend wouldn’t have died. It is one of the movies that show Yoruba movie critics that Yoruba movies are not all about ‘occultism’ and ‘juju’. Yoruba movies have stepped up and this is a perfect movie to prove it.

    Furthermore, the actors acted their parts well for a 6 cast movie though there were little errors, the storyline was good.

    The producer did a good job in this movie. Thumbs up Okiki!

    CONCLUSION:  I must commend Okiki for a job well done. Her creative attempt at deviating from the usual storyline of Nigerian movies did not go unnoticed. The theme of this movie explains a lot and I don’t think I can get tired of it. I recommend this movie for all who are interested in following the creative dynamism of Nollywood. Always Remember ‘Suru kii poju afi ti obani to’….. Patience is not too much unless it is not enough.





  • The Narrow Path



    PRODUCER: Tunde Kelani


    DIRECTOR: Tunde Kelani


    SCREENPLAY: Tunde Kelani, Niji Akanni




    Sola Adesoko (Awero)


    Ayo Badmus (Lapade)


    Seyi Fasimi (Odejimi)


    Segun Adefila (Dauda)


    RELEASE DATE: May, 2006


    LANGUAGE: English


    GENRE: Drama


    DURATION: 1hr, 33mins


    LOCATION: Ogun, Nigeria


    PRODUCTION COMPANY: Mainframe Film & Television Productions


    RATING: 8.5/10


    REVIEWER: Olorunsogo Oluwatobiloba 14BE016604 




    During an inter-village war; Awero, a damsel in the village is caught between rival suitors, Lapade, Odejimi and Dauda; one of which forced himself on her. Odejimi, who later won her hand in marriage gets disappointed on their honeymoon; discovering that she had been deflowered. She is sent back home and left with shame and dishonour on her family name. At the end, Awero makes an extraordinary speech of reconciliation that reveals the folly of the men/warriors and ends the war.





    close up






    long shot



    ext long



    high angle




    I applaud the great film icon, Tunde Kelani for being so creative with the script. The characters were portrayed almost perfectly, especially Awero’s character they acted out their lines well. Although, the actors tried a bit too hard to speak fluent English, they were able to do that successfully. The setting was quite realistic and representative. The message of the movie was conveyed to the audience without hitches. The props rhymed well with the setting too and the costumier did a wonderful job selecting such beautiful costumes.


    The movie showed-off Yoruba culture so richly Odejimi and Aweros wedding ceremony and the seasonal markets among others. The movie was made the same way Chinua Achebe wrote his books spoken in English but in the real sense, is actually Yoruba. The war scene in the movie was acted as though it was real; I was surprised to see that. At the end where Awero gave the very emotional speech that terminated the war, I was amazed as to how a Nollywood movie could be so serious with the script that the content not only moved the characters in the movie, but also the audience in front of the screen.


    The production was of high quality compared to any other Nollywood movie produced at the time. The production crew certainly executed their part professionally. Camera angles were also great. The soundtrack was able to move the audience the way it was meant to, a quality many Nollywood movies do not possess. The subtitle rhymed well with what the actors were saying, I think other Nollywood productions should imitate that. The soundtrack harmonization also made the movie a delight to watch.






    My favourite scene in the movie was where Odejimi met Awero on a bush path and asked her to be the love of his life… Fantastic!




    No doubt, this movie is an epic one. I think this is one of the best Nigerian movies so far; it might be a bit old, but the substance it possesses certainly cannot fade away. I give it a sincere 8.5 out of 10.



    Reviewer: Bello Olatilewa

    Matric No: 14BE016565

    Title of Movie: Alakada 3

    Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes 13 seconds

    Producer: Toyin Ahimaku

    Director: Adebayo Tijani, Daniel Ashenuga

    Screenplay: Daniel Ashenuga

    Major Actors: Toyin Ahimaku, Bolaji Amusan, Rachel Oniga, Helen Paul, Jumoke Aderomu

    Location: Lagos

    Language: Yoruba

    Genre: Drama

    Release Date: August 20th, 2014


                The movie Alakada is about a female character; Yetunde Animashaun (Toyin Ahimaku) who is from a poor family background but keeps telling lies to people that she is from a rich home. The lie she tells eventually gets her into one form of trouble or the other.

                She eventually learns her lesson when she gets kidnapped because of her lies. She later finds a good man who gives her good advises which she heeds.






                 Toyin Ahimaku made a good blend of comedy, drama and morals. The movie points out the consequences of lying to look good in front of others. The movie was mostly comedy as she kept exaggerating a lot of things. The directors did a great job as we can say they interpreted the script rather well. The make-up artists and costume designers also did great jobs as they clothed each cast according to character.

                The sound editing of the movie was poor as we could hear background comments in some scenes from people who were not on set. Also there was a scene where they showed foreigners for no reason as they had nothing to do with the movie. There was a particular scene where she invited a male friend over to pretend to be someone else, at this scene, she said his Yoruba is not fluent but his Yoruba was more fluent than the English he was speaking. We can say the movie was predictable to an extent as we knew her many lies could get her in trouble.

                All in all, the movie was a good movie and I will personally rate it 8/10. It will keep its audience entertained and laughing all through and they will not regret watching it.



    1)      Close-up shots


    2)      Long shots


    3)      Extreme close-up shot


    4)      Medium shot





    1)      Pan

    2)      Tilt Shot

    3)      Dolly


    1)      Low angle


    2)      Mid angle







      Title- Champions of our Time.

     Producer- Chidi Nwokeabia and Emeka Enyiocha.

     Director- Mark Kusare.

     Screenplay- Chidi Nwokeabia.

     Starring- Segun Arinze, Ngozi Ezeonu, joke Silva Jacobs, Emeka Enyiocha, Paul Adams Ayo Adesanya.

     Location- Lagos, Nigeria.

     Duration-1hr, 53 minutes.

     Language- English.

     Released date- November 28, 2010.

     Production company- Macnuel production ltd and someone quest.

     Reviewer- Balogun Temiloluwa Paul 14BE016564.

     Synopsis- The movie is the extraordinary story of two exceptionally brilliant young girls from opposing ends of the social platforms, they both nurse ambitions of becoming the winner of the St. Flairs foundation quiz competition. However, things went smoothly for the rich girl Sharon while the physically challenged girl Sophia who is from a poor background gets denied by the panelist due to her condition.

         She finally gets into the competition and loses to the rich girl in the final stage due to the rigging done by the rich girls’ mother and a female panelist. On the award day Sophia made a heart-felt speech in favor of the physically challenged people like her. Sharon rejects the award saying that she does not deserve it and gives the award to Sophia.

     Review- The movie is rated one of the best Nigerian movie with an inspiring storyline which was produced by an icon in the movie industry, it won the golden Mboni prize at the Lola Kenya screen festival terracotta Nigeria film and TV awards and so many others, it also got selected for the AMAA (2010) and others prestigious awards.

     Extra details (elements of production) – The movie used different kinds of camera shot.

          CLOSE UP SHOT




       LONG SHOT











    *         Title of Movie: Finding Mercy

    *         Producer: Desmond Elliot

    *         Director: Desmond Elliot

    *         Script Writer: Kehinde Odukoya

    *         Main cast: Blossom Chukujekwu, Uti Nwachukwu, Oyindamola Lanpejo, Desmond Elliot, Rita Dominic

    *         Locations: Denziot Productions, VTL Stores, Queens way Hospital, Lekki Oxford Hotel.

    *         Duration of movie: 102 minutes

    *         Date of Release: October 14, 2013

    *         Movie Rating: 7/10

    *         Genre: Drama

    *         Reviewer: Oyibo Favour 14BE016616


    Two friends, Jato (Blossom Chukujekwu) and Rogers (Uti Nwachukwu) went on a robbery operation to a house and found a pregnant woman in the house. While carting away with their goods, the woman went into labour and out of compassion for the woman; Jato decides to carry her to the hospital against the wish of Rogers. The woman dies in the process of giving birth to Mercy (Oyindamola Lanpejo). Jato trains Mercy under his own expenses and she grows up to know and love him (Jato) as her father. Jato later finds out that his boss in his place of work, Daniel Olatunji (Desmond Elliot) is the biological father of Mercy. He is reluctant to give the child back to Mr. Olatunji as he feels his lifetime investment was about to be forcefully taken away from him without his approval. Mr. Olatunji is bent on having his child back and even threatens to send Jato to jail. Will he succeed in getting her back?



    The visual image was poor, as the images were blurred and did not give us a clear or perfect view of the different scenes.


    Kudos should be given to the audio department as they did a good job and we did not need to strain our ears to hear clearly what each speaker was saying but the noise at the background was too much, especially scenes done outside.

    Camera Placement:

    Medium and Long shots were mainly used and we could catch a view of everything they wanted to show us. The extreme long shot was taken to show a change of setting and introduce the audience to a new setting 10years later.

    Below are some shots:

     Medium shot


     Extreme Long Shot (Ex Ls)


    The only irregularity that was observed in the shots was a close shot that was taken of the knob of the door, which was unnecessary as it is known that close shots are mostly taken of things that are of great importance or relevance in the movie.

    Set Design:

    The set designer did a commendable job as every setting from the home of the characters to the offices was good. The homes especially showed the economic status of the character. Rogers’ house at the beginning of the movie is a perfect description of “face-me- I face you,” then the magnificent houses of Mr. Olatunji, and Jato when he became rich.

    Make up:

    For the make up of the female characters, there was nothing so special that showed professionalism. Also, it was obvious that the beard placed on Mr. Olatunji (Desmond Elliot) was fake; there was no iota of expertise in that aspect.


    The costumes for the male were pretty alright but there were some errors for that of the female. For Betty, her first day at work, she was putting on skimpy clothes, that didn’t show a serious business-like environment and then when Mercy visited Mr. Olatunji, she was putting on “buba and wrapper,” I am not saying that tying buba and wrapper is wrong, but for that environment, a corporate attire would have been better. Apart from those few lapses, the costumes were satisfactory.

    Brand Placement/ Covert Advertising:

    The Director, Desmond Elliot deserves a credit in this area. This is necessary as this is not usually done in Nigerian movies, only professionals make use of it and Desmond Elliot did a good job. Several products were advertised in the movie but that of Knorr maggi and Blue band was spectacular. For blue band, Mercy displayed the butter to us and said, “With my blue band and bread, I’m fine,” it demonstrates that she was more comfortable taking her ‘blue band and bread’ than the spicy food of her father’s fiancée.  Then when mama Jato asked Ifeoma (Tamara Eteimo) what she put in the food that “make it to smell very, very nice”, her reply was that the Knorr maggi she used gave the food the nice aroma it had; a long shot was even taken of the knorr packet.



    The movie, “Finding Mercy”, is indeed a creative movie, and I must say, I am pleased with what I saw. Mr. Olatunji’s decision about Mercy really took me aback and kept me glued to the screen for some time, it was really innovative on the part of the script writer.  It is not like the normal predictable Nigerian movies we get to see and watch. But on a general note, it is noticeable that the Nigerian movie industry is indeed making massive improvement and taking steps to compete with the likes of Hollywood.

    The sequential arrangement of the movie is also good. The movie took the linear plot style of “balance, imbalance and balance.” Every new character was brought in, in a stylish and unique manner and we could easily connect them to the movie. We remember Rita’s (Chioma Chukwuka) first appearance when she met Jato at the Supermarket and they started chatting almost immediately, she gave him her card, that was how he got the job which Mr. Olatunji (the biological father of Mercy) was the boss; Betty (Yoko- Ono Manowe) was brought in as the secretary to Kassy, she (Kassy) thought Betty was flirting with Jato, she got angry and went to report to Mr. Olatunji everything she knew about the baby and her dead mother, and that was how the whole secret was blown out.

    However, there were some irregularities. In the first scene; we were not enlightened on how the two friends got into the house. This was a major problem because the goods they were about to steal were portrayed as expensive goods, so if that kind of thing was kept in someone’s house, there should have been heavy security that won’t give easy access to the house, that was not shown. That scene just looked as if they were trying to sneak into their home late in the night (that was what I personally thought of when I saw it).

    Also, the part when Jato wanted to leave the baby in the car and he was caught by police officers, they asked him what he was doing with a day-old baby and he started crying, the crying did not even look real a bit and they let him go just like that. That scene did not present a good image of the Nigerian Army and depicted them as people who are not smart, and can be easily fooled by fake antics.

    We weren’t given an idea of why Rogers went to prison, he just came up from nowhere, and certainly it could not have been because of that robbery because Jato would have gone with him also. Then when he came to visit Jato in his office, he said he came out (prison) last week and he already had an expensive car, how possible is that, at least just a scene before he came to visit Jato would have kept us connected to what was going on.

    Then, the scene where Jato confronted Rogers, Rogers said Jato told Kassy that he had been in prison for 10 years when 8 years had already been established as the number of years he spent in prison, the editor didn’t take note of that.

    Furthermore, the characters played their roles very well and delivered as expected. However, my favourite characters were Mercy and Mama (Abiola Segun Williams), they acted like professionals- no overacting.


    Finding Mercy is one Nigerian movie that is filled with suspense, creativity and laughter, I bet that you will enjoy it if you’ve never watched it before. One major lesson learnt from the movie is that this world is really a small world, whatever you do now will certainly speak later and that is what the Hindus refer to as the Law of Karma, and then don’t forget; “with my blue band and bread, I’m fine.”







  • Flower Girl







    DATE: 8TH October, 2015




    This is a film produced by Blu-Star Entertainment in the year, 2013. The film, ‘Flower Girl’ is about a young female florist who dreams of the day she would get engaged and later get married to her long-term boyfriend. Eventually, her long-term boyfriend leaves her heart broken to fully marry his career. Through series of circumstances, she meets a handsome Nollywood actor who later collaborated with her to aid win her man back. Unknown to them, fate had a more satisfying and compromising plan for them.














    The film ‘Flower Girl’ was well-budgeted and organized. The angles that camera shots were taken from were excellent. The continuity and production/set design was excellent. The cast chosen depicts the various roles excellently. Actors like Domilola Adegbite, Chris Attoh, Blossom Chukwujekwu and a lot of others performed as professionals in their roles and being naturals in it. The costumes and makeup used portrayed each role and scenes which made the film, ‘Flower Girl’ more interesting and entertaining.


    In contrary, the script for the film ‘Flower Girl’ was poor. The script was very predictable and lacked suspense. The sound at a certain point in the film was poor. Also, some scenes in the film were not necessary.


    For what is worth, the film ‘Flower Girl’ is a must-watch. It is simple and very realistic.


  • Broken




    Year of release: 2013

    Main Actors: Nse Ikpe Etim, Kalu Ikeagwu, Bimbo Manuel

    Director: Bright Obasi

    Producer: Bright Obasi

    Setting: Lagos

    Duration 1hr 32mins.

    Synopsis (summary of the movie)

    Broken is an emotional flick that is centered on the lives of two past lovers Nse Ikpe Etim and Kalu Ikeagwu, who got married and then divorced after few years owing to the unforeseen behaviours of the man. She remarries and has two children for her new husband. Along the line, their lives get haunted owing to their grievous pasts, which now brought their lives to shambles as the three children they abandoned and failed to bring up properly surface out of the blues with one suffering from mental disorder and asthma, the second one a street boy, and the last about to face a death sentence in court.


    Camera shots and placements

    Long shot (LS)

    Medium shot (MS)

    Close up shot. This is used during the confession between Nse and Bimbo Manuel to show the emotions of the duo.



    The movie Broken is able to portray the trauma of coming in contact with the past you  already thought you were done with. The movie is a realistic movie that shows exactly what happens in Nigeria in recent times and even in time past. In the movie, Nse was a very  happy person not until she gets home one faithful day to see her past stare at her right in the face and then the happiness she thought she had gained back was gone. The picture quality of the movie was good and also the sound effect was suitable for every scene. There is an element of suspense that keeps you glued to know exactly what the next scene will look like. However, the movie can be described as a sad one as it also ended on a tragic note. I think there were some unnecessary overacting from Nse’s last child from her second husband, Bimbo Manuel especially at the point when the “street boy” is seen with a knife on the stairs and she overreacted by creating a scene that was not necessary, when we later realised that he innocently took the knife to slice oranges for his hungry sister. The movie took me off at the point where Nse’s mentally sick daughter was taking out of Asylum single handedly by her   brother without any form of obstruction and there was never a scene where he was being traced. Up until now, I do not understand why Nse and Kalu went to witness the hanging of   their estranged son. Notwithstanding, Broken is not just like any other Nigerian movie based on the fact that the script was quite different from a regular script and I will commend  Bright for a brilliant script. From my own perspective, the movie basically seeks to address the menace of child abuse, trafficking in Nigeria as a whole and it is a must watch for Nigerians.

  • Forgetting June

    Movie title:              Forgetting June.

    Basic details about the movie

    -Producer: Emem Isong                     

    -Director: Ikechukwu Onyeka

    -Story/screen play: Odurk Isong Oguamanam

                                         -Editor: Daniel Tom

    Main characters in the movie

                                         -Madrid Michel as Eddie

                                         -Mbang Amala as June

                                         -Beverly Naya as Tobi


                                          -Lagos and Ibadan, Nigeria.


                                         – One hundred and forty minutes.

    Date of release

                                            -October 30, 2013

     Movie rating

                                             Story= 30%






                                             Total score= 23%



    Elements of production:

    Camera shoot used

        -Extreme long shot (Ex Ls)

        -Long shot (LS)

        -Medium shot (Ms)

        -Reversed shot

    Camera angles

                                      High angle

                                             -Extreme high angle


                                            -Low angle

                                             -Point of view (POV)

    Camera movement

                                     Horizontal movement

                                           -Vertical movement

    Brief description of the movie (synopsis)

    Eddie (Madrid Michel) and his wife, June (Mbang Amala), had a happy married life. June goes for an official assignment and on her way, she had a car accident. June’s best friend, Tobi (Beverly Naya) was a dancer. She introduces Eddie into dancing so as to release his pain over the loose of his wife. Tobi encourages Eddie to join her dance group and this was what births their emotional attachment. The two decided to get married after about two years of mourning June. Tobi who is now heavily pregnant went to answer the door bell and to her greatest surprise, it was her best friend, June. June explained to them that she was saved by a Doctor, George (Blossom Chukwujekwu) and her intention of regaining her marriage.

    Tobi became the sworn enemy of June because she believed that her used-to-be friend had stolen her husband. After June had consulted one of Eddies’ friends, she realised the truth and decides to accept her fate and returns to George.

    Review of movie


    The movie is one that portrays what is really going on in our society. The movie is simple and easy to understand. It also shows that Nollywood is developing at a very impressive rate. The characters in the movie did not act their scenes like they were acting but instead, they carried out their various deliveries like it’s their world; like it was all real.

    The picture quality of the movie is also very good and has a good quality. The producer and director of the movie really did a very great job in the production of the movie.


    It was noticed that person who played the role of Tobi, (Beverly Naya), did not change her hair in accordance with the change of period of dates used in the movie. The hair she was on before her best friend died was the same she was on till her wedding period (after two years of loosing June). Also, the hair she was on for her wedding was what she used during and after her pregnancy period (over approximately ten months) even till the end of the movie. the custom manager did not do a very good job here.

    The character of ‘Eddie’ should be well thought of. When we see Madrid, we don’t expect a dancer but a player or a lover boy. I don’t understand why he later became a dancer. That is not the Madrid the audience knows him to be.

    Also, the scene of their wedding was not played properly as Eddie and June just entered laughing and this made the audience lost for a while. We the audience, were trying to catch up with the movie.


    The title of my movie is Forgetting June. It was produced by Emem Isong and shot in both Lagos and Ibadan, Nigeria. The movie runs for one hundred and forty minutes. I spoke about the title, producer, director, screen play, major cast, location, duration, genre, date of release, movie rating, synopsis, element of production, review, and now, am talking of my summary. My write up gives brief but comprehensive information on my provided title.


    Few quotes from the movie


    “‘Be a man?’”  “What does that mean? Men don’t grieve?” – Eddie

     “Sex isn’t just a hand shake”. – Tobi   

     “Aren’t you too grown up to be looking for your mummy’s help?” –Mrs. Graccia

    “…cause bigamy is a crime”. -June

    “Not in Lagos”. -Eddie










    PRODUCER: Lowla Dee


    DIRECTORS: Lowla Dee


    STARRING: Adesuwa Etomi, Wole Ojo, Diana Yekinni, Pat Mohie, Funmi Sobayo, Gbenga Kayode

    LOCATIONS: Lagos, Nigeria.

    DURATION: 30 minutes

    GENRE: Drama


    MOVIE RATING: using a scale of 1-10, this movie gets a 9 from me


    SYNOPSIS: Brave is a story based on the lives and trials of a young couple Nathan (Wole Ojo) and Layo (Adesuwa Etomi). It is a very inspiring and emotional story that definitely brought tears to my eyes. From the surface the couple appear close, playful and happy but after being married for two years, Layo is a bit apprehensive about what seems like her inability to get pregnant. When she eventually gets pregnant after a prayer of agreement with her husband, she withholds the news to break it to him during their anniversary dinner. Unfortunately, that night will mark the beginning of a nightmare both may not wake from, and suddenly, love is not enough. The story brings the question of how far we would go for the ones we supposedly love and how much we can endure for the ones we love. It questions the audience on their perception of love. You begin to understand that love really is a choice. We choose to keep loving irrespective of whatever factors present themselves.


    LIGHTING: there was no special kind of lighting technique used here. It seemed like they tried to play safe. The lights were just okay.

    PICTURE QUALITY: the picture quality was really clear and very sharp.

    CAMERA SHOTS: the camera person here employed a variety of shots like: 

    FullSizeRender(1) CLOSE UP SHOT

    FullSizeRender(2) OVER-THE-SHOULDER SHOT

    FullSizeRender(3) CLOSE SHOT

    FullSizeRender(4) MEDIUM LONG SHOT

    FullSizeRender(5) EXTREME CLOSE-UP SHOT



    The set, the pacing and the dialogue was impressive. I enjoyed the fact that the film did not extend beyond 30 minutes which most directors would have done and crammed it with unnecessarily long and boring scenes.

    Both actors did exceptionally well, Wole Ojo met my expectation and definitely did not let the audience down with his acting as a cripple for some part of the movie. Adesuwa Etomi was able to portray her characters anguish without doing so in an over-dramatic manner. The film has a message and is inspiring.


    Screenshot_2015-10-26-10-59-59-1TITLE: Lonely Heart

    CAST: Ini Edo, Desmond Elliott, Uche Jombo, Belinda Effah, Kenneth Okolie, Okey Uzoeshi

    PRODUCER: Emem Isong

    DIRECTOR: Lancelot Oduwa Imausen

    SETTING: Lagos

    DURATION: 2 hours

    GENRE: Drama, Comedy, Romance

    RATING: 8/10



    a. Camera shots and movement

    -medium shots

    -extreme close up shots

    -high angle shots

    -long shots

    -extreme long shots

    b. Camera speed: it was normal with a few slow motion effect in one or two scenes.

    c. Camera angle

    -low angle

    -high angle

    -mid angle

    -extreme angle

    d. Transitions: cut, fade in, fade out and wipe were used.

    e. Lightning: the movie’s Lightning was good in general.



    SYNOPSIS: A young journalist finds herself stuck between two walls when her co-worker and his housemate shamelessly compete for her attention.



         Lancelot Oduwa Imausen brings yet another adrenaline-filled comic-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 is a “dramedy” with several layers. At center stage is Charles (Kenneth Okolie) and Yemi (Okey Uzoeshi) who compete for Aima”s attention. At first, they pretend they’re gay but when Aima (Belinda Effah) learns the truth, it’s on. It’s cute but doesn’t come off as funny as probably intended.

         Aima happens to be a writer for a magazine. She interviewed “Tiana” who is some sort of celebrity. Tiana (Barbara Soki) discussed an affair she had with a younger man that ultimately ruined her marriage and revealed all of the details except the identity of the man.

         When Aima returned to the office, her boss ordered her to not only investigate but to also print a picture of Tiana’s mysterious lover with the story. This presented a challenge for Aima because 1) she didn’t know who the man was and 2) she wanted to keep her job and her integrity as a journalist.

         Aima also coped with her sister’s drug abuse. Lizzy (Uche Jombo) only called when she needed money and she wound up leaving town owing her dealer and landlord.

         Another story line focused on Debbie (Ini Edo) who is a movie director and is married to an abusive husband. Many women in this situation struggle with whether to leave or not but after one hit too many, Debbie made a powerful move and left. Shortly after, new love appeared at her door.

         The stories here are weaved together effortlessly but at the end of the day, “Lonely Heart” is not boring nor especially engaging. It’s the kind of movie you watch when you’re bored or if you have a particular interest in any of the actors.

         As for acting, Uche Jombo brought the heat playing a desperate druggie but she wasn’t in a leading role. Belinda Effah is a fine actress with potential and she basically carried the movie.

         In spite of the excellent story line, there are however minor shortcomings in the movie.

    Continuity error:

    While complaining about being starved to death, Daniel (Perez Egbi), who is Debbie’s husband in the movie, drops his saucer of biscuits and two fall out. When he picks the saucer back, the biscuits have jumped back into place.  

    Factual error:

    Daniel (Perez Egbi) clearly didn’t beat Debbie (Ini Edo) and not to a coma. He only strangled her to suffocation.

    Continuity error:

    After the strangulation, Debbie (Ini Edo) is hospitalized for treatment. In her next scene, she is by the pool with Aima (Belinda Effah) where she was comforting Aima about her man “issues”. In her next scene, she’s back in the hospital bed. Was she re-hospitalized?

    Continuity error:

    Aima (Belinda Effah) arrived her office with boxes different from the ones she was seen to be thrown out with.

    Grammatical error:

    “I’ve been diagonised with cancer” – Tiana (Barbara Soki). Didn’t she mean diagnosed?

         All-in-all, it is a decent movie with fine performances and despite its minor shortcomings, Lonely Heart is exciting, creative and well worth a few hours of your time. I RECOMMEND.