Director : Toka Mcbabor
Producer : Ifeanyi ‘Ifan’ Michael
Main Cast : Liz Benson Ameye, Jide Kososko, Chris Attoh, Chris Okagbue, Kenturah King, Victor Olaotan and Bimbo Manuel
Genre : Thriller/Drama
Release Date :April 14, 2017
Music Director : TY Mix
Awesome-o-Metre : 7.0/10
Revue of LOTANNA
Set in the late 70’s to the early 80’s, Lotanna is about the titular character played by Chris Okagbue who “inherits” a debit from his deceased father owed to a notorious and dangerous loan shark. Armed with only a sonorous voice, the titular character must repay the debt while finding his way to realize his dream of becoming a musician.
There are some movies that seem so innocuous until suddenly out of nowhere you are hit with a sucker punch to the gut that will leave you gasping for breath. This is definitely one of those movies because I honestly went to see the movie with low expectations but I was thoroughly surprised at the finesse of the movie. I have always said I love me some retro movies, and for a movie set in the early 80’s the producers did a great job recreating the period. Unlike the movie ’76 the recreation wasn’t elaborate but was just enough to get us into the time.
The actors did an awesome job with Liz Benson, Bimbo Manuel and Jide Kososko showing us why they are legends of Nollywood. Chris Akugbue did a magnificent job interpreting his role but my favorite character was the elderly gentlemen that was the loan shark whose name I didn’t catch. Although his stutter was less than believable but he laid his lines in a masterly way with so much venom like he ran the mafia.
For me though, the outstanding aspect of the film was the plot for the reason that the direction was very unusual with some wicked plot twists. I like the way the movie panned out at a relentless tempo which didn’t allow the audience get bored. Oh, before I forget, the lip syncing of the titular character was properly executed because the singing scenes didn’t linger so they were pretty believable and by the way, the soundtrack was super cool.
Lotanna was a well shot movie with an unusual storyline which I absolutely enjoyed. Don’t take my word for it, click here for show times and tickets to see Lotanna and afterwards drop in on my Twitter or Facebook page and let me know what you think about this movie or any movie or you can simply leave a comment in the comment section below
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