The strength of a great filmmaker lies in his or her ability to bring the audience back time after time regardless of cast, story or genre and the same can be said about Shirley Frimpong-Manso. For most of us, the name Shirley Frimpong-Manso is immediately associated with the sexy sassy wahala that was “The Adams Apples Series“. The glitz, the glam, the color, the drama, the romance.
In contrast, Potomanto neither presents the glitz, nor the glam. Hardly any romance and not much drama. In Potomanto, Shirley Frimpong takes on a more serious issue. The tone of the movie is drastically different from the Adams Apples series but not much different from Checkmate or some of her earlier works. Potomanto is a less shiny movie that follows an emotionally sore private investigator who mistakenly stumbles on a case of organ harvesting.
The movie starts off with action and then kind of dwindles into a slow pace. However, the slow pace doesn’t last as long as it did in Shirley’s previous work “Checkmate” in which the slow pace seemed to drag throughout the entire movie. In this movie, the slow pace only lasts a while before the real drama starts.
Following the storyline, it’s nothing uber captivating but even at that you still acknowledge the work that was put in. Following the last crime movie we saw, which was “Murder at Prime Suites”, Potomanto is arguably a capable second. I will admit that the movie is not for everyone because even though it seems well worked out and has enough substance to hold you, it’s not exactly a movie that will be pulled out to watch again and again.
Not much can be said about the movie without acknowledging the skill of Adjetey Anang. Anang has this innate ability to make every situation seem like it’s his true life story. Watching him you forget that this is an actor and immediately equate him as an actor with the character he is trying to play.
The movie had a solid backbone of strong performances who were able to hold up the few otherwise shaky performances. Olu Jacobs was at his best as Bankole. It was definitely a breath of fresh air to see him in a different kind of role. Even though his role as Bankole is still essentially in the same category as his usual royal-villain type, there appears to be more substance to this character.
Yvonne Okoro, although present in this movie, was not a significant enough pillar that her performance could make or break the movie however in the scenes that she was present in her performance was amazing. Marie Humbert as Bankole’s fiance did have a few scenes that were a bit questionable but for the most part she held her own through and through. And kudos to Ms. Frimpong because it takes a great movie maker to bring out the best in an actor as she did with Christabel Ekeh. This is definitely one of Ekeh’s better performances till date.
Potomanto is an interesting enough crime thriller, slow paced at many points and definitely not for everyone but a nice attempt from those involved. Adams Apples stuck in our memories because it was enervating, Potomanto not so much. There is not much memorable about this movie but I will admit that the cliffhanger at the end was a nice touch.