Release Date: April 16, 2022
Directed By: Bolanle Austen-Peters
Cast: Akah Nnani, Jude Chukwuma, Dorcas Shola-Fapson, Osas Ighodaro and Ayo Mogaji
Loosely based on the Bible story of The Prodigal Son, Man of God is the story of a young boy, Samuel (Akah Nnani) who endures a very harsh religious upbringing and decides to forsake his religious upbringing to live his own life by starting up a fake ministry while posing as a man of God.
The synopsis and trailer for Man of God promised an intriguing plot and which piqued my interest and got me so excited to see the film. The first half of the film is very engaging with how Samuel backstory is woven as we navigate through his childhood experiences that molded his character. What got me further engaged is my anxiety as to how his story arc will come full circle to resolve the conflict…and that’s where the wheels start to fall off.
The producers of the film intended to follow the (admirable) unconventional direction of resolving the conflict without relying on the supernatural but unfortunately, this direction gave the film a rushed and unsatisfying conclusion. Most of the characters didn’t get satisfactory pay-offs and some even got away without consequences for their actions which sort of gave permissibility to their actions.
Man of God is a decent film with the actors being the highlight of the film. Each character puts in a good shift but more thought should have gone into the last 3rd of the film
5.0/10- Mildly Recommended mostly for the acting and costuming.