Restless Soul is an appealing movie that would have been even more appealing if they knew what they were doing. The movie tells the story of a young boy from a poor home who goes on to become an apprentice for a wealthy man in the city. Whilst there, he gains the favor of his Oga and madam much to the dislike of his fellow apprentices who set him up and gets him sent back to the village.
Of course with a story like that, a soothsayer is not required to foresee the happy ending in the horizon. I’d say the only thing different about this movie and the other million and one movies with the same exact storyline in Nollywood, is that that part was all done in one part.
And then comes part two, and should I call it the curse of the second part because someone must have gotten very confused between part one and two. To me, and anyone else who bothers to notice, the movie seems set and done after part one. As a matter of fact, going into part two I couldn’t but wonder “what on earth could y’all possibly still have to act that would require a whole other part”. Turns out, they themselves didn’t know either. In the end, the second part of the movie turned out to be a whole other movie that was quite frankly, unnecessary.
To make matter’s worse, the second part is not only unnecessary but extremely redundant. It simply consists of repeated occurrences of wickedness then suffering and then wickedness and suffering on and on to all culminate into the expected finale of judgment for the wicked party and relief for the suffering party.
Relentless soul attempts to follow the old Nollywood formula of family storylines, no matter how predictable, with a mix of the new Nollywood’s desire for shorter simpler stories. However, somewhere in between the attempt failed because the story is not very heartfelt, and it refuses to end when it’s time for it to.
The movie did, however, have its highlights which were Yul Edochie in the first half and Chacha Eke in the second. You should have seen me waiting for Chacha’s character to finally arrive on screen, you’d have thought I was waiting for gold to arrive. Unfortunately, when she does arrive in the first part, not much is done with her. Then in the second part her character turns into something else, that though unnecessary, Chacha managed to pull off quite well.
Yul Edochie as the subdued apprentice in his Oga’s house was really the only heartwarming part of the movie. His acting and mannerism’s really is the soul of the movie.