Director : BB Sasore
Producer : Momorinsoro Spaine
Starring : Karibi Fubara, Demola Adedoyin, Zainab Balogun, Nkem Owoh, Richard Mofe Damijo, Tina Mba, Onyeka Onwenu, Bikiya Graham Douglas, Eku Edewor, Seun Ajayi, Shawn Faqua, Tina Mba, Patrick Diabuah and features ChiDynma D’Voice.
Genre : Drama/Faith Based
Release Date : December 21, 2018 (Nigeria)
Awesome-O-Metre : 5.5/10
Revue of GOD CALLING
From the guys that brought one of my favorite Nollywood films, Banana Island Ghost (BIG) comes God Calling- a faith based film that stars Zainab Balogun as Sade who loses her only daughter leading her to question God’s existence and setting her on a downward spiral into drugs and suicide. However, when God literally calls her, she is set on a journey of self-discovery which impacts the life of everyone around her.
I must commend the producers of God Calling for taking the risk of shooting a faith based film which isn’t a sure way to make money in Nigerian cinemas, but judging from the attendance at showings, I think it it’s worth their while.
The most appealing aspect of God Calling will definitely be the production of the film which boasts one of the most spectacular visual effects since…well, since Banana Island Ghost! There I was geeking and clapping at the CGI of Zainab Balogun’s character leaping off the 3rd Mainland Bridge, it was awesome to behold. But my favourite effect will have to be the scene where she hallucinated and found herself in the forest while in her bedroom! That scene got me squealing like a child in a candy store.
It won’t be a BB Sasore film if there isn’t an abundance of well framed shots that would leave audiences swooning from the sheer magnificence of every shot which was further exacerbated by amazing coloring. However, this fixation with CGI, Coloring and other technicalities made the producers of God Calling lose sight of what really mattered- the plot. I understand the metaphor of God Calling but they took this symbolism too literally that the film veered into absolute absurdity. This illogicality was so much that the audience at the cinema started laughing at how farcical the film was developing. I can’t help but think that the producers already figured the CGI they wanted to show off and just built a film around it – so basically God Calling was made for CGI and not the other way round.
The weak plot and it’s resolution made an otherwise awesome film end in the inanest of ways and this impacted the overall enjoyment and lessons of the film. The producers really need to focus more on the plot and its resolutions in their next work as even Banana Island Ghost suffered this same fate. Talking about the next project, I want to advocate that BB Sasore makes a horror or a supernatural film where his geeky nature and CGI will have the most effect.
Have an awesome new year ahead!