Hour of Salvation
NR ReviewGenre: Drama
POSITIVES:Tonto Dikeh in a different role
NEGATIVE:The movie is too long
Ok so maybe I might have liked the storyline, but six parts? Come on, even if you want to tell the story of Jesus from Birth to resurrection, six parts is simply too much. The simple truth is that no one (well, for the most part) has that kind of time to sit down and watch a movie for that long.
-Story: [3 out of 5] Ok so maybe I might have liked the storyline, but six parts? Come on, even if you want to tell the story of Jesus from Birth to resurrection, six parts is simply too much. The simple truth is that no one (well, for the most part) has that kind of time to sit down and watch a movie for that long. I think the annoying part of it all were the extraneous additions. Little characters that need not have been there adding new dimensions to the story that we need not know about. Cut out all the excesses and this movie will just condense to 3 parts. One thing I must say about the storyline is this: I’m a Christian (and a bit archaic too) and I know a lot of Christians but come on with the come on, which Christian speaks like Tonto’s character did, dresses like that and turns everything into preaching? (if you do please keep it to yourself biko, that was a rhetorical question).
-Originality: [3 out of 5] Thinking about it, to a certain exten the movie is fairly original. The general theme is not as redundant as most Nollywood movies, yet the motifs are still things we’ve seen before.
-Predictability: [3 out of 5] I was really very aggravated with the end. Not that the movie is the least predictable thing on earth it just didn’t end as I had originally expected. You’ll find out when/if you watch the movie (if you can endure, that is).
-Directing/Editing: [1 out of 5] First of all, this movie is too long for comprehension. It needn’t have been that long… it simply shouldn’t have. If you take a scissors and cut out the unnecessary story explorations like the unnecessary girlfriends and the royal fights you have snipped off 1 and a half parts, leaving 4 and a half parts. If you snip out all the ridiculous repeated flashbacks, there goes another one part leaving 3 and a half parts. Take away all the overly prolonged scenes and it’s down to 3 parts. Left to me, I will still continue cutting till it’s at only one part but I guess I’ll stop here.
-Acting quality: [3 out of 5] I personally felt like Tonto killed the SU role, she definitely did it justice. Over-justice sef (if that makes any sense). I started this movie with the excitement that Yul Edochie was not playing a prince. And this impression stuck, but what would you know, along came part 5 and behold Yul Edochie is a prince once again *sigh*. Regardless, impressive performances from both Yul and Ken. I have nothing but love for Ken Erics. I commend him for being one of the few actors to be able to maintain a certain degree of diversity in role choices. Emeka Amakaeze as a pastor! Hmm… I won’t lie, that was something. But he pulled it off well, though annoyingly (his character, not him) but well. Ugezu J. Ugezu… I can’t lie, this man is just a villager. I no fit shout. He fit his role. Executed his role. And that is that.
Some of the extras were not so good but a majority of them were manageable.
-Setting: [3 out of 5] Fair
-Costume/Make-Up: [3 out of 5] All I’m saying is that just because you are a christian does not mean you should be decked in Mary-Amaka outfits… haba!
-Props and Graphics: [2 out of 5] The gun graphics could use some work
-Video Quality: [3 out of 5] Fair enough, could have been better
-Audio Quality [1 out of 5] Changing timbres, inconsistent in some scenes and needs to eliminate background noises
-Soundtrack: [3 out of 5] kinda sort of tells the story but nothing the synopsis does not already reveal.
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] I didn’t understand why they were playing Hindi music (instrumentals) in some scenes lol but the score was fair enough