Revue of OLOIBIRI
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Directed By: Curtis Graham
The story is about the title town where oil was first discovered in commercial quantities in Nigeria and the various jostling interests for the bountiful natural resources therein. Richard Mofe Damijo is the militant popularly called “Gun Powder” a son of the soil fighting for what he perceives are the wrongs meted on his people. Olu Jacobs is Timipre an elder and one of the early advocates for resource control who is now aged and subdued. William Moses is the director of the expatriate oil company drilling in the host company of Oloibiri.
This movie couldn’t have come at a much better time than this period where Nigeria is going through a hard time blamed largely on the plummeting oil prices. It seems that the black gold can no longer sustain the economy of the nation. The movie attempts to draw attention to the plight of the host communities who have suffered serious environmental degradation and health hazards with no corresponding development in infrastructure.
What stood out most in this movie was RMDs performance. That dude be aging but seems to be getting better at his art. This role seems out of sync with what we are used to seeing. Olu Jacobs is a master that is comparable to none, so I need say no more about him.
However, the movie started really slow and I wasn’t sure where it was headed. I actually expected a movie that would dwell on the environmental degradation and the plight of the people while highlighting their culture and heritage but I was blindsided when the thing turned into an international thriller. The problem however with having too many stories being told at the same time is that the movie appears kinda disjointed. Also, when the international scenes were being shown it seemed like it was edited from another movie because there was no smooth transition and synergy between the local and international scenes.
Furthermore, I noticed that the movie was trying to balance all the three sides i.e. the militants, the elders and the oil corporations. It almost seemed like no one was to blame for the infrastructural deficiency of the Oloibiri kingdom. I guess the producers were trying to avoid stepping on toes. There were even scenes where RMDs violence seemed justified and glamourized even. I must add that the audience seemed to enjoy the shoot-out between the Nigerian soldiers and the militants.
OLOIBIRI is a noble attempt at bringing to the fore the plight of host communities. The action sequences were very detailed and almost overshadowed the spirit behind the movie. I still think it’s a good movie sha.
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