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Awakening

8
Posted August 10, 2013 by in Action/Adventure
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Rating

Story
85%


Originality
85%


Predictability
90%


Directing/Production
75%


Acting
75%


Music
75%


Total Score
81%

81/ 100

NR Review

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Synopsis: Awakening takes the viewers on an exciting and unpredictable journey into several mysterious deaths that profoundly affect the lives of two strangers, who are thrown together by fate. Nicholas – a fast-rising advertising executive, and Zainab – a brilliant but bored journalist. Nicholas and Zainab, in a bid to uncover the truth behind the strange deaths, are led to an unimaginable past and their futures are inextricably changed forever.
 
Parts/Divisions: The movie, Awakening, has only one part
 
Memorable Lines/Scenes: "I want to know everything about her. If she has her period, I want to know about it" - Inspector Gbade
 
Cast: O.C Ukeje, Kehinde Bankole, Femi Brainard, Bryan Okwara, Deleke Aroleye
 

POSITIVES:

Graphics, acting, story telling
 

NEGATIVES:

video quality lapses
 
Excerpt

I’ve made it no secret thus far that if there’s any genre of movies I can’t stand it’s comedies. Well, here’s another genre that I can’t stand but for a completely different reason (*clears throat* I have no liver) – scary movies. Especially in Nollywood, you’re not exactly encouraged to watch scary movies because they […]

by Nollywood REinvented
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I’ve made it no secret thus far that if there’s any genre of movies I can’t stand it’s comedies. Well, here’s another genre that I can’t stand but for a completely different reason (*clears throat* I have no liver) – scary movies. Especially in Nollywood, you’re not exactly encouraged to watch scary movies because they always seem to begin with a babalawo’s shrine (native doctor) and end with someone running mad. So I was utterly delighted (and completely frightened) when ‘The Awakening’ turned out to be different.

The movie follows a couple days in the life of Nicholas, a seemingly normal working man, played by the fabulous O.C Ukeje, as his life takes a turn for the ‘weird’. O.C. Ukeje does a fantastic job of appearing detached when there was need for it, and confused when he needed to be. Being probably one of the only main characters in the movie whose back story and personality was not expressly revealed through dialogue, he does an amazing job of telling us a lot about his character, Nicholas, by his personality and his mannerism.

More than anything else, the story in this movie is just amazing, and not just the core story itself but the little bits that make-up the whole. Unlike many other movies that I’ve been unfortunate enough to sit through nowadays the characters are developed amazingly well without being so obvious and before the conflict takes off.

After seeing so many movies where the main conflict and central focus of the entire movie is jealousy between wives or mothers or queens, it is a huge relief to see actual intelligible conflict in a movie for once. The conflict in the movie is not so unrealistically simplified that there is one central conflict and everything else just revolves around it. It’s more realistic as the characters each have their own struggles and problems (Nicholas with his presentation, Zainab with pleasing her boss, Gbade with holding to his principles) before this grand conflict arises and takes center stage.

The scriptwriter does an amazing job of tying everything together so that nothing is out of place and everything is related in one way or another whether or not it is explicitly stated. So much so that I am tempted to say that the scriptwriter was the star of the movie. But nothing is without its flaws, in the final scenes a future character is reading the parts we also as the main movie and it’s dated as 1995-6. But if that’s the case then there was a lot of anachronism in the entire thing, especially with the technology used, and the vehicles.

Nicholas begins to see visions of people dying, and he tries to stop it. In one case however, he is in the wrong place at the wrong time and is charged with murder. Zainab, played by the effortless Kehinde Bankole, a reporter is the first to get the inside story, she then publishes it and is contacted by Nicholas who is now a man-on-the-run. Watching Kehinde Bankole on screen is nothing short of an experience. For me, watching her, I tend to forget that I’m supposed to be reviewing a movie because she commands your attention throughout.

The movie has an amazing supporting cast, I’m not certain of Bryan Okwara’s performance but he only had that many lines so it’s hard to say. Speaking of lines, Inspector Gbade, played by the stunning Deleke Aroleye, probably had the best lines in the entire movie from the “I want to know everything about her. If she has her period, I want to know about it” to the “Young man, I hear you’re a fast driver. Prove it” but I felt like he could have given me more than he was giving me, regardless he did his role justice.

Big props to the graphics team for this movie, probably one of the best I’ve ever seen in Nollywood. You can tell, watching the movie, that someone put in work and it’s not a rushed drop-chicken-drop-beads-say-incantations-fake-fire-appears-chicken-vanishes kind of gig. Effort was put in and it showed.

Watching this movie, they mention a lot of seemingly futuristic things for Nigeria like phone-tracking and license-plate lookup and I’m sitting here thinking I highly doubt the Nigerian police can do it that, but I will play along.

The movie requires your attention and if you blink you might miss something critical. It’s not that scary of a movie (and I would know) and the ending was definitely not what I expected. Occasionally the video quality is questionable and there is not much action in this adventure, but all in all it’s an amazing first.Awakening, 9.0 out of 10 based on 4 ratings


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8 Comments


  1.  
    Nicole

    Think “Final Destination” type wahala with a Naija flair. For me the story started out slowly but I am an impatient person and these things take time to build up. I enjoyed the story especially the story behind the story told to us in animated form. I love it when animation is creatively sewn into a film and it works and it worked here. If you’ve ever seen the film “Africa United,” you may get what I mean. The special effects were also much improved so I’d have to agree wholeheartedly with your take and say that this one’s up there.

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  2.  
    Nessa

    The animation story in this movie reminded me of the ones used in Guilder Ultimate Search, who agrees with me? Interesting movie, ehen now Nollywood is talking.

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  3.  
    Nessa

    *SPOILER immediately I saw the lady with that shirt and skimpy underpants coming to meet the man, I knew something not good will happen between them and I said ghen ghen ghen, wahala don burst finish!

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  4.  
    Nessa

    Didn’t Bryan mean to say “Their minds have aged but their bodies remain infant” instead of what he said “their bodies have aged but their minds remain infant”, it makes more sense that way because the children obviously looked young but the girl peeing showed she was aged.

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      No what he said was right because they were babies originally. Their minds have not aged but their bodies have changed into this pre-adolescent/adolescent stage. But they are still exhibiting infantile behaviors like incontinence

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  5.  
    Sam

    Phone is Trackable in Nigeria na! But plate number tracking is what they wanted to introduce with this new plate number shitt! Anyway back to topic; I enjoyed this movie! does anyone know when it’s coming out on DVD?

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  6.  
    Simka

    ok. now waiting to get this on DVD.

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  7.  

    Am yet to watch the movie, but the story line seems great. What else do you expect when 3 seasoned screenwriters come together: you get a powerful COMBO! Outcome = an enthralling movie.

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