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Weekend Getaway

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Posted July 5, 2013 by in Drama
Weekend Getaway

Rating

Story
03%


Originality
03%


Predictability
03%


Directing/Production
50%


Acting
15%


Music
45%


Total Score
20%

20/ 100

NR Review

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Synopsis: A bored bachelor meeting his online love, a married couple looking to revive the spark in their relationship and a wealthy cougar descend upon the tropical paradise that is Le Meridian Hotel in Akwa Ibom for a weekend getaway.
 
Parts/Divisions: The movie 'A Weekend Getaway' has only one part
 
Cast: Genevieve Nnaji, Uti Nwachukwu, Ini Edo, Bryan Okwara, Ekere Nkanga, Ime Bishop Umoh, Beverly Naya, Bobby Obodo, Ramsey Nouah, Uru Eke, Monalisa Chinda, Alexx Ekubo, Ini Ikpe,
 

POSITIVES:

Amazing cast, sets, and colors
 

NEGATIVES:

The positives are all there is
 
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The highlight of the entire movie had to be, without a doubt, the ‘electric slide’ dance by the cast and crew. The moment was of course reminiscent of Emem Isong’s “Reloaded” from five years ago. The only difference is that five years later this time watching it there’s no emotion attached, no fervour, just glee […]

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The highlight of the entire movie had to be, without a doubt, the ‘electric slide’ dance by the cast and crew. The moment was of course reminiscent of Emem Isong’s “Reloaded” from five years ago. The only difference is that five years later this time watching it there’s no emotion attached, no fervour, just glee at the fact that the movie is finally over.

The movie follows the lives of five couples, each with their own drama, that all seems to culminate at the Le Meridian: there is the spy/thief and her spy/thief counterpart, the newlywed couple whose relationship seems to have lost its spark, the lady who is hopelessly in love with her boss, the older woman dating the younger man, and the hotel maid who falls in love with a guest.

The movie is mostly fluff and simply comes off as a paid advert for ‘Le Meridian Hotel’ or tourism in Nigeria as a whole. The first thing you notice about the movie asides the ensemble cast and the beautiful set, is the editing. It strikes you as a cut and paste job from the beginning and it reinforces this as the movie goes on.

As I said earlier, the movie has an ensemble cast what some would deem the creme-de-la-creme of Nollywood. What with the parade of A-listers like Genevieve, Ramsey, Ini, and Monalisa, ex-models (still models? I get confused) like Uti Nwachukwu, Alexx Ekubo and Bryan Okwara, and certified foreign-accent baring people like Bobby Obodo and Beverly Naya, how could it possibly go wrong?

Except it does! It’s even more depressing to know that it goes wrong despite the great names. Watching some of our ‘solid’ actors come on screen in this movie and present whatever it is they presented, was a bit disappointing especially considering what we know they are capable of.

To a certain extent, it’s almost as if all the actors in this movie read the script and thought ‘there seems to be a lot going on in this movie so maybe if I don’t put in a 100% no one will notice’. All well and good! The only problem is it seems that every single member of the cast had the same genius idea. Hence we had Ramsey in a sceneĀ ‘flirting’ with a lady who is doing everything within her strength to channel some sort of accent that comes off as a blend between Irish and British, and our darling Ramsey is mirroring this rubbish. Then there’s Genevieve putting in absolutely no effort whatsoever and just going through the drill. Then again her past couple of movies have been the exact same role, so yes she does the stern-faced-boss-lady well, practice makes near-perfect, but she does not convince with that window jumping, bushes trotting, computer code cracking jamboree.

At the end of the day, it seems like actors are pulling out their absolute worst for this movie. It’s a known fact that Beverly Naya doesn’t have a single acting bone in her body, but how does one explain Bobby Obodo’s performance? Shall we just call it a case of reaching lower than yourself and falling in the process? I mean you know there’s a problem when Bryan Okwara seems like a better actor than Bobby Obodo. Speaking of which, I cannot fault Mr. Okwara’s performance in this movie – well, at least not in light of his past work.

I must commend Ini Edo and Uru Eke who seemed like the only ones putting any effort into this movie. Bishop was his usual funny self, Alexx’s supposed comic relief wasn’t doing it for me, and Monalisa Chinda was the butt of the entire shindig. At the end of the movie I felt like I myself had been in a relationship with Ms. Chinda, I was sick and tired of hearing her nag. At the same time I also felt like I was in a relationship with Alexx cause his childishness was beginning to irk me.

As a whole, the movie has some pretty decent storylines but way too much was happening such that those who were writing the script seemed to have gotten confused somewhere in there, the director got confused and the cast was even more confused. The Maid in Manhattan storyline is explored here again, mildly, for the second time in Nollywood with Ini and Bryan, but I wouldn’t mind watching that on its own with better direction and a clearer script. I would have absolutely adored a full movie on the love story between Ramsey and Uru. And whilst some of the stories could stand well on their own, others just fall flat on their faces, the attempt at reenacting a Nollywood version of ‘Entrapment’ with Uti and Genevieve was an absolutely unconvincing failure, then there’s the completely unnecessary story between Monalisa and Alexx.

I will give the movie props for eye candy. The sets were gorgeous, the outfits were gorgeous, the cast was gorgeous, heck the publicity for the movie was gorgeous, the movie just wasn’t. Watching the movie itself you can tell that someone ‘winged it’, much attention to detail was lacking in many different aspects especially with Ini’s character. How exactly does one explain her hair, nails and look with a maid salary? Am I supposed to believe Genevieve is a thief just because she enters a room (that is on the first floor oh) via the window? And what exactly was Ramsey doing at the wedding? By the way, what happens with Beverly and Bobby in the end? Why is the tag still on Genevieve’s dress in the beginning?Weekend Getaway, 5.3 out of 10 based on 13 ratings


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13 Comments


  1.  
    nollywoodfan

    Spot on review… RAA, Emem isong, Desmond elliot I hold totally responsible for this epic failure. Seems we r now in d trend wher d cast fails to read d script

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  2.  
    Irena

    My malaria is cured this minute by the review. I read Ynaija’s review and I was wandering whether we watched the same movie. The Ynaija reviewer seemed to be afraid to say his mind. I lost my 1,500 Naira going to watch this in cinema

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  3.  
    angel

    emem isong should stop putting these incredible actors together,when she is to just gonna turn it to waste.and desmond elliot should just quit as a director..my lord he sucks.. suck suck suck…leave directing to professionals please abeg you..and gene pls biko you are better than this..you should be able to smell awful and chessy frm afar.

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  4.  
    fa

    i watched the two hours telling myself every second how boring this movie is. the most boring ever. such a disappointment i cant believe i watched it. no emotions from the whole plot or the actors, i just didnt feel connected at all ughh

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  5.  
    Alaafia

    I am cracking up all the way in Atlanta, GA!!! Hallelujah someone else agrees with me (and the comments I made about this movie on the Iroko tv website). I was trying to be nice in giving it an “A” for effort, but if you really pay attention to this movie and truly analyze it, the script is disconnected, Genny’s role had no real significance, and the acting for many of the characters is sub par. I think there should have been different casting, especially for Uti’s role. Also Ramsey, as much as I love him, has too much depth as an actor to play the role of Dr. Mark, although I’m still debating as to whether or not he played it to the fullest – note the end scene between he and Uru Eke (who was really acting – thumbs up!), where I think there could have been more going on, but I actually think it was an issue with the script. I 100% agree that their love story could have been developed a heck of a lot more, and played out to the fullest, as it seemed that the spotlight was on the story between Yolanda (Monalisa) and Andre (Alexx). Andre’s role was pure comic relief – for what they gave him to do, he nailed it! The problem was, you basically heard the same dialogue between the two throughout, just with different scenery. So glad I read your review – 5 thumbs up! :):)

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  6.  
    Dare

    Saw the movie on iroko, such a useless movie. No head,No tail just fancy, everything. Add bad acting to it and you have a disaster of a movie. Im sorry but this movie dosent deserve a 56% rating whichever way you look at it. I don’t know how someone could be wicked enough to extort money from costumers just by packing so called stars around doing nothing!

    For this reason, Ini Edo, Monalisa and Emem Isong are a disgrace! And for me all the actors in the movie could not act! Rubbish…

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      Bebe

      Are you sure we watched the same movie? I loved it. and i’m glad to discover many others too that’s why the film was one of the highest grossing movies this year! I think your criticism was a atad too harsh but then you are entitled to your opinion.

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  7.  
    zz

    rubbish movie

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  8.  
    favour

    pls pls pls this site is for what exactly? l tot we could watch movie here,but l tried and tried to play anyone of the movies here and it does not.does anybody know if it is possible to watch movies here or its just trailer?

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  9.  
    Simka

    I welcome myself to NR…….. this review is on point. best I’ve read for this movie. Beverly Naya, Alex Ekubo,Uti Nwachukwu need to seriously give it up already. the Acting bones in there bodies need complete fixing. I love Royal Arts. But this, this FAILED!!!!

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  10.  
    Maudrey

    Thank you for this review. You are right on so many points but I think you’re putting the blame on the actors while the script is the issue. The actors cannot act well if they don’t understand the psychology and the journey of their character and that’s probably what happened. Genevieve’s and Uti’s characters for instance were empty.

    Unlike you, I loved Alexx’s acting but his lines were repetitive and it’s no fault of his. He did great to my opinion. There was so much in that script that interesting stories could not be developed, leaving the viewer with unanswered questions. The movie was entertaining though. I really enjoyed watching it as I did not set my expectations too high (given the failure of “In the cupboard” by the same director).

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