-Story: [2 out of 5]
I’m seeing a trend with Austin Faani movies. The thing is that he’s aiming for something very far away. What do I mean? You can tell what he’s aiming for, the feel, the look, the action, the suspense. But he’s missing it. As in, he’s not hitting it. So it falls short. The first part usually almost always is boring (as was this one) and in the second part we’re just trying to make sense of it all. To be honest, if I tell you that I knew what happened at the end I’d be lying. This could be because I got tired of the movie by the end? Or because the people who were making the movie got tired of the movie by the end and things just happened *two weeks later* and *four months later*. And some other things that didn’t make sense like *SPOILER ALERT* how did Empress’ character know that a kiss would return his memory? What is this, snow white?
-Originality: [3 out of 5]
Ok, there’s a bank robbery and amnesia. It’s partly original in it’s approach but I’m not feeling much else new about this movie to be honest
-Predictability: [2 out of 5]
It’s not predictable because I really have no clue what happened at the end. Don’t get me wrong, I watched it to the end. I just don’t understand. And I would rewind it to see where I missed it but it doesn’t encourage you to. (I mean, after seeing inception I also had no clue what happened at the end. I had to rewind about five times and still had no clue. Then I went and googled it. Because the movie makes you want to know. This movie doesn’t make me want to know)
-Directing/Editing: [3 out of 5]
It’s a nice attempt that falls short one too many times (there’s no other way of putting it). You start off and you’re just very hopeful and optimistic about the movie because you’ve heard so much about it (if you’re me, that is) but then the movie progresses and your hope and optimism dwindles and you can’t wait for it to end (the last part only applies to me because most normal people would just stop watching). It’s not a terrible movie, it just fails in execution
I must admit though, one of the good things about this movie (for me, at least) was Chacha Eke. I’ve definitely seen her act better but of late I’ve been seeing such terrible terrible renditions from her that just seeing her go back to ‘au naturale’ is a great relief. None of that fake accent rubbish just acting. Hopefully she keeps at this and gets better as an actress.
Mike Ezuruonye carried his role well. Empress Njamah needs to act more movies because not many actresses nowadays have that her effortlessness about them anymore (they all seem to be trying too much). I actually liked the child actress in this movie, she did a pretty decent job.
-Setting: [2 out of 5]
To be honest, some sets (like the office party set) were very – for lack of a better word – ratchet looking. It just looked cheap and tacky. Liked most other locations but that office party and a few others were off…
-Costume/Make-Up: [2 out of 5]
…as well as some of the character’s attires. Not enough effort was put into costumes or sets. And by the way, why did they have ken wearing that ridiculous coat?
-Props and Graphics: [1 out of 5]
Ok so the gun effects? and the gun effects? did I mention the gun effects? Shooting sparks hun?… and the car accident scene? interesting (I’ll leave that at that, moving on)
-Video Quality: [2 out of 5]
I don’t know if it was because I saw it on Vuvuzela but some scenes were really blurry. The video quality could do with some work
-Audio Quality [1 out of 5]
-Soundtrack: [2 out of 5]
I see what the soundtrack is supposed to sound like but it doesn’t sound like that… it comes off an attempt to sound a certain way but it doesn’t achieve its aim
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5]