Director : Kenneth Gyang
Producer: Mo Abudu
Starring : Sharon Ooja, Sambasa Nzeribe, Omoni Oboli, Omowunmi Dada, Blossom Chukwujeku, Segun Arinze, Beverly Osu, Ada Ameh, Wofai Fada, Omawumi and Kemi “Lala” Akindoju and introducing Ikechukwu
Genre : Drama
Release Date : October 1, 2020 (Netflix)
Awesome-O-Metre : 6.0/10
Òlòtūré follows the story of Ehi (Sharon Ooja), an investigative journalist who goes undercover to infiltrate a prostitution ring and gets sucked into the dark world of human trafficking.
Not many films enjoy the kind of hype that Òlòtūré has garnered and this is no little part because the premise is uncharacteristic of Mo Abudu’s Ebony Life and that it is loosely based on true events. The delayed release of Òlòtūré also led to increased anticipation and it’s purchase by Netflix made the anticipation to reach fever pitch. So, to the question on your mind – “Did Òlòtūré meet up to the hype?” Well, that depends. Let me explain.
Òlòtūré is star-studded so we expect that everyone will bring their A-game abi? Most of the characters did but they were a few who were wooden and seemed out of their depth. I don’t want to single out cast members, but some were obviously uncomfortable with cigarettes and some guilty of overacting. Yes, Sharon Ooja is the main character of the film but to me, Omowunmi Dada is the unintended star of the film. She bodied her role by totally immersing herself into it. Left to me, I would have swapped her for the lead role. So, in respect of characters and acting, I think most of the cast did a decent job.
The premise of Òlòtūré is unusual, especially from Ebony Life who are the masters of comedy and so the novelty of the film gives it an edge and particularly as it is loosely based on real events. However, I really think the film developed at a slow pace and the “meat” of the film lasted less than 10 minutes in all. I guess the idea of the producers was to create a solid foundation and then kill it in the final third but, I did get tired after a while, and I guess many watchers will as well. In the usual Kenneth Gyang manner, the film “ended” in an atypical manner and I like that it ended that way because life isn’t really all about happy endings. Another thing about the plot is that Òlòtūré didn’t give us any new information that anybody who is aware of the prostitution and human trafficking going on in Nigeria is unaware of, but I guess the producers didn’t intend to give us new information but to spark conversations about modern slavery. To this extent, Òlòtūré nailed it as Social media has been abuzz since its release.
The locations, costuming and the makeup in Òlòtūré are decent. Nothing extraordinary, but sufficed for the purpose. The score wasn’t exceptional either but it was okay.
So as you can see from my review, there are the ups and downs in Òlòtūré so if you enjoy it or not will be largely based on individual preferences. It’s still showing on Netflix so you can check it out and make up your own mind. When you do see it, please feel free to leave a comment below or on Twitter or Facebook !
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