NR ReviewGenre: Drama, Family
POSITIVES:Preaches an amazing message
NEGATIVE:Goes about it the wrong way. Too much 'trying'; no actual DOING
Down there with Nollywood USA movies, are Nigerian Christian movies for me. To state it simply, I don’t like Nigerian Christian movies and I’ll tell you why.
-Story: [1 out of 5] Down there with Nollywood USA movies, are Nigerian Christian movies for me. To state it simply, I don’t like Nigerian Christian movies and I’ll tell you why. It’s not because I’m not Christian enough or I don’t like being preached to. It’s more of an issue of the perception of the movie makers in my opinion. It’s almost as though the movie makers feel as though since they are making a movie about God that promotes the Christian lifestyle, they don’t have to do much. God will direct the movie. God will make the story better, magically. God will find a way to blind ALL the viewers to ALL the many faults of the movie. Come on now, who said just because a movie is a Christian movie it has to be subpar. I can count on one hand how many Christian movies I’ve seen in this (very short) lifetime of mine that can actually stand and compete with (not cinematic movies now but) Asaba movies. This shouldn’t be the norm and this movie, unfortunately, did not break out from that horrible movie framework. It doesn’t do much differently. It’s – sadly enough – a bore.
-Originality: [1 out of 5] Christian movies all have one thing in common – they are Christian. But wait, they have more than one thing in common, they all preach the same message and more often than not these Zion movies follow the same path. Thankfully, “the advocate” is not exactly line for line of the cliche. It’s a bit different but not so drastically that the viewers are in awe
-Predictability: [0 out of 5] Unfortunately, even though it is a different movie it has the same ending. I know you can’t put much of a spin on the sermon’s of the Bible, but you can make it interesting. Come on now, Americans make Christian movies that fly off the shelf and break box office records. “Jumping the Broom” for instance was (arguably) a Christian movie too.
-Directing/Editing: [1 out of 5] The directing was a good effort but it was very subpar, the continuity was lacking, the flow was non-existent and the entire thing was much of a bore. A lot of ‘attempts’ at good but no actual successes.
-Acting quality: [1 out of 5] The movie is filled with a bunch of newcomers. I won’t lie, I was actually impressed by the newcomers. Why? Because of the fact that they could hold a scene for as long as they did without making me want to pull my hair off entirely. It’s a good breed of newcomers (and I hope the word ‘breed’ is not derogatory to anyone) different from the usual who can’t do anything. Not that these actors could act in any form of the word but they ‘attempted’ to act. I think the word for this movie is ATTEMPT: the movie is an attempt at something, but an unsuccessful attempt. I must commend, however, the female that played Desmond Elliot’s daughter and Desmond Elliot himself, they both serve to reduce the torture.
-Setting: [3 out of 5] Ok
-Costume/Make-Up: [2 out of 5] We could have definitely found less ‘cheap looking’ outfits for everyone. Just because we are Christian does not mean we have to look like Mary-Amaka in every scene
-Props and Graphics: [1 out of 5] Are we seriously still using these cut-and-paste cloud graphics as a representation of Heaven in 2012? They aren’t even walking on the clouds instead their semi-transparent bodies are floating through the clouds…. spare me
-Video Quality: [3 out of 5] Fair
-Audio Quality [1 out of 5] Inconsistent
-Soundtrack: [3 out of 5] No specific soundtrack, but the instrumentals were good
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Nicely done