-Story: [3 out of 5] Ok! Let me fall back for a minute… there are some things you can tell people put effort into but at the end it did not reach that level of expertise (or ‘va-va-voom’) that was originally sought. Watching this movie you can tell that someone had high expectations, someone attempted to put in their best but somewhere along the line that objective was lost and could not be attained. That could be for a variety of reasons but I will just go ahead and assume it had to do with budget. And I will also go ahead to assume that with a bigger budget, the movie could have been better. Even though the movie raises some very valid questions as regards our police force and our government, there were too many parts in the story where I felt it could have been better.
-Originality: [2 out of 5] Yes, we have seen the whole political corruption storylines before and I’m pretty certain that somewhere out there, in Nollywood, there is yet another movie about kidnap. Regardless, I think the movie is original in its own right and to a certain extent (don’t just go in with too many high expectations)
-Predictability: [0 out of 5] After watching so many Nollywood movies, I’ve learned that “the more you expect, the less you get”. So it’s safer to start a movie with low/no expectations from the movie. That way, it’s easier to note the positives of the movie and be impressed by them as opposed to what you’d do if you had high expectations (which would be to see all the positives as ‘expected’ and the negatives as ‘shameful’). Going in with low expectations switches that, now you see the positives as ‘impressive’ and the negatives as ‘expected’. My point? The movie ended as… ‘expected’
-Directing/Production: [2 out of 5] I see the work that was put in (from the attempts at amazing camera action to the in-helicopter-filming). I commend the work that was put in but I’m also not blinded to the fact that general cinematography could have been better.
-Acting quality: [2 out of 5] Starting off, looking at the cast list, most people (aka myself) only recognize two people: Shan and Kalu. So straight off the bat, not much is expected. With a full movie with only two recognizable actors. I expected it to be a disaster, to be honest; because Nollywood is not exactly known for being able to pick out amazing newcomers. And in as much as the newcomers in this movie were not outstanding actors, they could barely emote right and I could see the ‘effort’ in their acting, there were also not as bad as I had expected. I thought Kalu did a great job as the Governor. Definitely the standout performance in this movie. Second best, I’d have to say is the old man that plays Grandpa (Bob Enyi). I was really impressed with his acting (and diction). It was not that amazing, but he seemed very comfortable in his role. Which makes it seem as though he is experienced. Shan George… carried her role ‘well enough’. She was, however, not very convincing as a cop-in-action (from the way she held the gun to the way she was running, didn’t seem very police-like, or should I say agile?)
-Setting: [3 out of 5] I especially liked the last ‘jungle’ scene and the set for the government house. Everything else was ok, nothing phenomenal.
-Costume/Make-Up: [2 out of 5] Some of the first lady’s outfits and Shan George’s ‘casual’ attire were off…
-Props and Graphics: [2 out of 5] I commend the movie for the props but can not help but note that some of the graphics and effects and general sound effects were rather weak. From the punching to the kicking and everything in between… rather flat, I’d say.
-Video Quality: [3 out of 5] Good
-Audio Quality [2 out of 5] Inconsistent
-Soundtrack: [3 out of 5] Fair
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Nicely done