Director : Adekunle Nodash Adejuyigbe
Producer : Adekunle Nodash Adejuyigbe
Starring : Ibrahim Jammal, Jemima Osunde, Charles Etubiebi, Jude Chukwuka, Chris Iheuwa and Kehinde Fasuyi
Genre : Thriller
Release Date : May 24, 2019 (Nigeria)
Awesome-o-Metre : 7.9/10
Revue of THE DELIVERY BOY
The Delivery Boy is about a runaway, teenage, suicide bomber called Amir (Ibrahim Jammal) and his newfound ally, Nkem (Jemima Osunde) a young prostitute who must rely on each other to survive the night while searching for answers to the terrible secrets that made them who they are.
The producers of The Delivery Boy have been touting it as the most unusual and different film out of Nollywood ever, and you know what? They are absolutely right! The Delivery Boy is unlike any film out of Nigeria and that is largely because of the plot. We are used to dramas, love stories, comedy and a few thrillers but The Delivery Boys is nothing like those because the Delivery Boy isn’t a love story neither does it have a single funny bone in it but it is, is one crazy thriller ride. I mean how many films have you seen out of Nigeria are about a suicide bomber tag teaming with a prostitute to exert revenge?
If you are a regular to my page, you will know I love to dig into technicalities of films and I tell you most solemnly, The Delivery Boy is a technical masterpiece. Let me tell you why;
The cinematography is stunning because though The Delivery Boy employed simple camera angles, there were some amazing and intricate camera perspectives to the film. The unique camera work was further strengthened by some intense coloring which in cahoot with great lighting made The Delivery Boy a visually pleasing piece of film-making.
Just like the plot of the film, the cast aren’t your usual known faces. The producers didn’t go with the usual household names. However, this direction didn’t diminish the impact of their roles, if anything it made it even more penetrating because you aren’t too sure what to expect and this shock factor operated to thrill the audience. I must say that the cast did an awesome job with their use of the Hausa language but the accolades should be shared with the language coach who ensured they did well in their pronunciations even though they faltered a few times. Trust me, unless you are an aboki (like me) you wouldn’t notice.
Though The Delivery Boy is a great film, there were one or two continuity issues with it but if you aren’t observant, you will miss them. For instance, there is a scene where a character was walking out of a door in the day time but by the time he was outside the building, it was night time. Also, I noticed that the producers wanted to be in control of the environment (because of lighting and cinematography) and scenes involving moving vehicles were shot in stationary vehicles which were rocked from side to side to give the notion of movement. This style made these scenes tacky and feel like a sitcom shot in a studio.
Though The Delivery Boy is such a good film, I am worried that it will not make much money due to a combination of issues like inadequate marketing, the unusual plot and the cast who aren’t household names. I do hope one of the streaming platforms like Netflix or Amazon can pick it up because it is a film Nigerians will be proud to see on the international stage.
Anyways, I loved The Delivery Boy which by the way is only 70 minutes long so I didn’t have to sit in for too long and I recommend it as a breath of fresh air in Nollywood. What did you think about The Delivery Boy? Am I swayed by the predominate use of the Hausa language because I am an aboki? Please leave me a line in the comment section below or on Twitter and Facebook.
Oh! by the way, make sure you sit still for the post credit scene which will give you something to cheer about.
Have a great weekend.