TITLE: ROAD TO YESTERDAY
GENRE: ROMANTIC DRAMA
PRODUCERS: CHICHI NWOKO, GENEVIEVE NNAJI, CHINNY ONWUGBENU
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: GENEVIEVE NNAJI, CHINNY ONWUGBENU
PRODUCTION COMPANY: THE ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK (T.E.N)
DIRECTOR: ISHAYA BAKO
WRITTEN BY: GENEVIEVE NNAJI
SCREEN PLAY: EMIL B. GARUBA, ISHAYA BAKO
MAIN CAST: GENEVIEVE NNAJI, ORIS ERHUERO, MAJID MICHEL, CHIOMA OMERUAH
LOCATION: LAGOS, NIGERIA
DURATION: 1HR 31MINS
DATE OF RELEASE: 27TH NOVEMBER, 2015
MOVIE RATING: 9/10
REVIEWER: TAR PRAISE
MATRIC NO: 15BE02318
A struggling couple tries to save their marriage by reconnecting on a road trip. Victoria, (Genevieve Nnaji) and her husband Izu (Oris Erhuero) attempt fixing their marriage while on a road trip to a relative’s funeral. However, when memories and secrets from the past are revealed, a lot more is at stake than their relationship. This epic love story, filled with so much drama, was shot in Lagos, Nigeria.
The movie starts off with Genevieve Nnaji as Victoria, who is apparently just coming back into the country, being welcomed by her friend, Onome (Chigul) and they both leave together.
When she gets home, the movie takes us to a flashback where her husband, Izu, tells her that she must have left the house before he comes back from an outing. She enters and puts on the light but is shocked to meet him in the living room sitting in the dark. He gets up to leave and she goes after him while trying to beg him to stay back, but he ignores her pleading.
As the movie goes on, we can see from the flashbacks, the whole story of their marriage and how they got to the point they decided to take a road trip.
During the road trip, they are forced to talk about their 5-year long marriage. We then find out that a seed of infidelity has been sown. The movie takes a twist of occurrences as it goes deeper into their world and reveals things that would interest the audience and keep them glued to their seats.
What happens in the end? Are they able to pick up broken pieces and find their lost love on this road trip? Or would they end up going their separate ways and put away all that ever existed between them?
Let me stop here so as not to say too much for people who haven’t watched it yet and are going to.
Though the flashbacks in the movie were a lit bit too much, the movie definitely made a statement for her (Genevieve Nnaji) as she said. It was a good comeback for her little break from acting. She definitely did a good job with the script and the movie as a whole, considering the fact that this is her first original production.
ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION
PHOTOGRAPHY: The cinematography in this movie is laudable. I must say the movie was well lit which made the cast stand out.
SOUND EFFECT: Another thing I love about this movie is the choice of music. The music really went along with the scenes, complementing the action. The music being typically Nigerian really portrayed a typical Nigerian setting.
Most Nigerian movies have been characterized in the past with poor picture quality, unprofessional acting, faulty editing, directing flaws and sometimes bad audio, which has made people disinterested in them. However, this is one of the movies that have given us hope in the Nigerian movie industry; it has given us assurance and has made us anticipate better ones in future. If you already watch Nigerian movies, you’ll definitely love this one. In case you don’t, I recommend this movie for you because it is worth every minute of its duration.
FAVORITE QUOTE: You and me, let us go, together, on a road trip, just the two of us- Izu (Oris Erhuero)
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