TITLE: RENDER TO CAESAR
PRODUCER: DESMOND OVBIAGELE
PRODUCTION COMPANY: MIGHTY MAN ENTERTAINMENT
DIRECTORS: DESMOND OVBIAGELE
ONYEKACHI LUCKY EJIM
SCREENPLAY: DESMOND OVBIGELE
MAIN CAST: OMONI OBOLI
LOCATION: LAGOS, NIGERIA
DURATION:2HOURS DATE OF RELEASE: MARCH 28TH, 2014
RATING: 7/10 (fairly good)
REVIEWER: Anthony Jane.A; 15BE02259
Two friends return home from abroad to join the Bureau of Detectives under an ambitious government scheme to develop future leaders of the much-maligned Police Force. Dipo & Pade (Gbenga Akinnagbe and Wale Ojo) are assigned to the Lagos State Police Command with the daunting mission to hunt and apprehend a notorious robber called Caesar (Lucky Ejim) who has been terrorising the city of Lagos for quite some time.
Our two detectives are forced to deal with tough talking bosses, envious colleagues, suspicious newspaper editors and a corrupt police force. And this is before even coming in contact with the ruthless kingpin Caesar.
ELEMENTS OF THE MOVIE
PICTURES: The picture quality was very impressive, and it was also clear.
COSTUME: The uniforms were fantastic, presenting smartly dressed men in clean official attire. The shots with the uniformed men are some of the film’s most visually appealing scenes.
LIGHTING: The lighting was fantastic, but there were some blurred scenes.
SOUND EFFECTS: The sound effects were not as impressive as expected.
SPECIAL EFFECTS: They were not as spectacular as they could have been.
SCREENPLAY: It was the best Nollywood screenplay I had ever seen.
MEDIUM SHOT (MS): this was used almost throughout the film.
LONG SHOT (LS): this was used a few times in the movie.
CLOSE-UP SHOT (CU): it was used a few times in the movie.
OVER THE SHOULDER (OS)
“Render to Caesar” wants to be many things at once, it wants to be a crime thriller, a police procedural, a love story, a twisty film and a game changer. The fact that it wasn’t focused on one person is very nice, it had different stories in it. The film had its moments where it works really well and everything is peachy, dreamy even, but just as soon as you’re cut up in the moment, a bizarre turn of event occurs, or someone says something they shouldn’t have and then the viewer is brought back down to earth.
The movie is very good for the police force. Playing at times like a subtle PR campaign, it portrays the uniformed men as brave, dedicated men and women forced to work in the midst of crippling conditions. Presenting smartly dressed men in clean official attire and casting does a fine job of having Bimbo Manuel and Dede Mabiaku play outstanding police officers. Some impressionable folk may even find themselves wanting to sign up with the force after sitting through this film.
The screenplay offers smart, credible dialogue and moves at a breathless pace. It is however the romantic scenes between Akinnagbe and Omoni Oboli. Their chemistry isn’t quite translated believably on screen. Omoni Oboli does her best to play the thankless girlfriend role but at the end when she’s held hostage by Caesar, she loses touch with her character and one can see she’s bored by the role. Dede Mabiaku shines in a striking supporting turn but the biggest hit here is Lucky Ejim who plays Caesar.
“Render to Caesar” is an experiment, which even with its many flaws, in the end is a big step forward. The film portrayed a brilliant Nigerian Police force. Lucky Ejim (Caesar) plays the best villain seen in Nollywood since Ramsey Nouah shocked us all in “The Figurine”. My favourite quote in this movie will be “NERVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF LUST” said by Caesar (Lucky Ejim). I’ll definitely advice you to watch it.