Director : Afe Olumowe
Producer(s) : Gregory Onuda & Neville Sajere
Main Cast : Jim Iyke, Belinda Effah, Deborah Taribo-West and Tatem Spearman
Genre : Drama/Mystery
Release Date : May 26, 2017
Awesome-o-metre : 4.8/10
REVUE OF A STAR IN HEAVEN
Jim Iyke is Kayode, a brilliant software designer who illegally migrates to the USA to pursue his dream of becoming the next Steve Jobs but he lacks the money needed to actualize his ambition and so he takes a loan from loan sharks. Expectedly, things take a turn for the worse when his work is hijacked by a large corporation who threaten to reveal his immigration status and with the loan sharks circling, he seeks divine help.
Quite honestly, this is an awesome plot with a lot of prospect of intrigue and entertainment but sadly poor production and plot development were the bane of the film. The directors made some really amateurish errors especially with the sound production which was uneven and sounded like they were recorded separately and then dubbed on the film. This was so evident because there were scenes where the ambient sounds were muffled or simply nonexistent. This totally stifled my enjoyment.
Furthermore, the plot of the movie was diminished by the attempt to throw in some mysticism into the mix. I understand the producers need to toe a different path from Nollywoods úsual Church or Babalawo angle to conflict resolution but their attempt to use alternative religion and mysticism didn’t quite come off as they expected and after a while it felt like I was watching 2 different movies at the same time.
A bright spot for me in this movie was the acting of Belinda Effah who was Jim Iyke’s over ambitious wife. She had so much energy and brought a lot of spark to the film and I am looking forward to seeing her in many more movies. Something about her reminds me of one of my crushes from early Nollywood, called Victoria Inyama (where is she though?) Also, I was proud to see Deborah Taribo-West the daughter of legendary Super Eagles defender Taribo West who is just 13 but puts in a decent performance as the mystical entity called Zainab. I think the girl has prospects to do well in movies.
Ehen, one curious thing I noticed was that the movie was subtitled. Why? So our Naija producers have become racist huh? They have joined the likes of BBC to subtitle Videos even though the characters are speaking English because Nigerians (allegedly) speak in an incomprehensible accent? Worse still, there was so much misspelling in the subtitle and frankly I found it quite insulting to Nigeria and Nigerians and I demand that they remove the subtitles. Do you see English subtitles in American movies?
For a movie shot in the USA and especially because of the plot, I honestly expected more entertainment but I was disappointed. We expect more from our own these days. The producers need to pay more attention to their sound engineering and plot development and I think they can make some really good movies.
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