Director : Kevin Nkem Nwankwor
Producer(s) : Emmanuel Ojeah and Unoma Nwankwor
Written By : Unoma Nwankwor
Main Cast : Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Adam Huss, Robert Miano, Onyeka Onwenu, Mayling Ng, Massi Furlan, Ebele Okaro, Folarin (Falz)
Genre : Drama/Action
Release Date : December 6, 2019
Awesome-O-Metre : 4.1/10
Revue of MUNA
Adesua Etomi is Muna the titular hero who is trafficked from her village to the USA and despite adversities, she manages to break free and becomes an assassin bent on taking down the human trafficking cartel that took her from her home.
Someone has obviously been watching too much Zoe Saldana in Colombiana because this film is literally a Nigerian version of that film and this is very disappointing. To be honest, when I saw the trailer I was very eager to see this but within the first 15 minutes in the cinema, my eagerness turned to disappointment because I quickly noted that the foundation that is supposed to hold this film is terribly flawed. Firstly, we see that Muna escapes her captors in quite a ridiculous and convenient manner and somehow manages to land in the hands of someone who for no reason sees the need to train her as an assassin. I mean, really? Is that how people just randomly pick up strangers and start training them?
Furthermore, it is obvious that the producers of the film spared no expense in the action sequences. Usually, for an action film, the producers will write a good plot and then weave the action sequences into it, unfortunately, the film designed the action sequences and subsequently wrote a film into it. This is so obvious because Muna is full of clichéd action sequences straight off an 80s-action film which may fascinate a 4-year-old me. Even though the priority of this film is the action, there is poor attention to detail in it’s execution. There was this one scene where there was a Mexican standoff with the characters mysteriously pulling guns out of thin air. I didn’t know when I burst into laughter. Also, the actors didn’t have sufficient weapons training so you could obviously see them holding guns and knives in awkward manner.
Just when I thought the worst part of the film was behind me, the plot took a hard left and veered into incredulity so bad I burst into laughter at how outlandish it was. The plot was so bad that the producers took the lazy way out by getting Adesua to do an exposition and literally explain the goings on in the film to us. It was at this point, I knew this film couldn’t be redeemed.
I must however commend Adesua who did a good job pulling off some of the action sequences, even though we could obviously see some stunt doubles in some scenes. However, she had zero chemistry with her love interest and co-star.
Honestly, the highlight of this film is the trailer which contained basically all the film had to offer. Also, the VFX isn’t half bad and I will commend them for that. The location too were very exotic and appropriate.
Muna is a very ambitious film but flawed by amateurish execution and a plot with more holes than swiss cheese. However, I am curious to hear what you think of Muna so Let me know in the comment section below or reach me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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