Director : Tope Oshin Ogun
Starring : Banky Wellington, Ibrahim Suleiman, Rahama Sadau, Adewua Etomi-Wellington, Sani Muazu, Kanayo O. Kanayo and Tokunbo “T-Boss” Idowu, Hilda Dokubo and Michelle Dede
Genre : Drama/Comedy
Release Date : December 28, 2018
Awesome-O-Metre : 5.2/10
Revue of UP NORTH
Banky W is Bassey a rich spoilt kid whose rebellious behavior makes his father send him Up North to undertake the compulsory National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) program to set him straight. His sojourn in Bauchi exposes him to new experiences, new friendships and a life of self-discovery.
After the Yoruba speaking folk have been enjoying screen time in the cinemas with King of Boys, it’s the abokis turn to run the show with Up North. Up North is an entertaining film and I will tell you why;
The beautiful scenery where the film was shot. Up North was shot in Bauchi state which has some of the most breathtaking backgrounds in Nigeria. It boasts tourist locations such as the warm springs and the Yankari game reserve. These locations made a fantastic backdrop to the film making it a beautiful sight to behold. Even the durbar which is a festival in Bauchi is featured in Up North.
The chemistry between Banky and Ibrahim is genuine and very comical and gave some good laughs. For everyone who has undergone the NYSC program, you will find Banky and Ibrahim’s characters very relatable because every NYSC camp has a rich kid who is out of his depths and that indigenous kid who knows his way around.
Up North also is it’s moral side as it tried to raise awareness on the predicaments of the girl child and refute the stereotypes that Islam is anti-female. Furthermore, there is an attempt to raise awareness about Asthma. However, they also lampooned some stereotypes about northerners which made for good humor…if you aren’t overly sensitive.
Despite the highlighted pluses in the film, the laughs in Up North are few and far in between. The concluding part of the film seemed more like a tourism documentary about Bauchi state rather than an entertaining film- the emphasis was on selling Bauchi State with the governor even having a cameo appearance rather than entertaining the audience.
This film would have been better if there were more laughs and more character development because frankly, many of the characters were flat and made Up North go Down south. Example is Rahama’s character who could have been more pivotal but felt rather muffled. Adeduwa’s character too was so insignificant and could have been done away with.
Break a leg!