African Movie Reviews

 


Turning Point

2
Posted June 28, 2014 by in Drama
turning point

Rating

Story
50%


Originality
52%


Predictability
57%


Directing/Production
55%


Acting
43%


Music
45%


Total Score
50%

50/ 100

NR Review

Genre:
 
Director:
 
Producer:
 
Screnplay:
 
Year:
 
Synopsis: A handsome, and accomplished U.S based bachelor finds himself in a sticky situation when upon a trip to Nigeria, his mother tricks him into marrying a local woman. This is a decision which serves as the perfect recipe for the disaster that follows.
 
Parts/Divisions: The movie, Turning Point, has only one part.
 
Cast: Igoni Archibong, Jackie Appiah, K.D Aubert, Ebbe Bassey, Todd Bridges, Joe Estevez, Ernie Hudson, Enyinna Nwigwe, Oge Okoye, Patience Ozokwo, Cynda Williams
 

POSITIVES:

Atypical Nollywood USA movie
 

NEGATIVES:

Not really intriguing.
 
Excerpt

Turning Point is an unconventional tale. Unconventional in the sense that technically it is a nollywood USA movie however it manages to circumvent all the annoyances and pitfalls of that ‘genre?’. Turning Point is the story of a successful young Nigerian man, Ade,  in the United States – who also happens to be an unrepentant […]

by Nollywood REinvented
Full Article
GD Star Rating
loading…

Turning Point is an unconventional tale. Unconventional in the sense that technically it is a nollywood USA movie however it manages to circumvent all the annoyances and pitfalls of that ‘genre?’.

Turning Point is the story of a successful young Nigerian man, Ade,  in the United States – who also happens to be an unrepentant player – with a relentless mother determined to get him married to a ‘true Nigerian’ girl. On one of his visits to Nigeria, his mother tricks/forces him into a marriage with a seemingly innocent girl who he takes back to the states with him, and needless to say, things were never the same again.

Ade, played by Igoni Archibong, is the focus of the entire storyline. We are meant to hate him initially, laugh with him and then pity him, I suppose. However Archibong is not a very strong actor so for the most part – at least initially in the movie – you have to embrace and get accustomed to his lackadaisical acting.

On the other hand we have Jackie Appiah who plays the ‘true Nigerian girl’ wife to Ade. In subdued scenes she was interesting to watch; her exaggerated scenes, however, were not as intriguing as the latter. Regardless for the most part Jackie brings a certain degree of familiarity to the movie and makes it less ‘foreign/nollywood USA’ seeming.

There was also Oge Okoye as the American resident/hoodrat friend of Jackie’s character. She does not have that many scenes in the movie and probably for the better because her attempt at an American accent/hoodrat tongue was comical at best.

After his marriage, his life goes tupsy-turvy, and at this point I’m not really sure what the message is – is marrying a ‘true Nigerian girl’ the root of all problems? Or is Karma just an itch? – but don’t hurt your head trying to find the deeper meaning. As the movie progresses, the viewers interest wanes. Now I’m not saying that I did but you could potentially be otherwise engaged whilst watching the movie and not miss a beat because the emotional aspect in this movie is lacking.

The movie works because of the timing. No single concept is dwelled on longer than it should be. The filmmaker took the aspects that were relevant to the message he was trying to send, presented it, and moved on which is something I cannot praise enough.

As earlier stated the movie seems like a Nollywood USA movie but it would be insulting to classify it as such. For one it has a tangible storyline that does not revolve around lace weaves and ladies sitting around a round table thinking up ways to steal each other’s men.

Of course there is always room for improvement in things like performances from the actors, directing, etc. but for the most part “Turning Point” was a decent effort. In the end it is not very inspiring or inspired. It attempts to make some social commentary but the force of the commentary is lost due to a few “technical difficulties”.Turning Point, 6.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating


About the Author

Nollywood REinvented


2 Comments


  1.  
    Alfia Johnson

    I agree with your assessment in your text of this not being a typical Nollywood USA movie, which was why I could not figure out how you could list it as “positive” in the beginning. The thing about this movie that I appreciated is the realness of life in America it presented – basically the message being in my view that nothing is easy in the US., everything can be taken away in a heartbeat, and that when one thing spirals downward, don’t look for people to assist you in the process, especially after burning bridges with people. Jackie’s character to me was the typical example of a foreign woman coming to the US, who in not having her own resources, nor many positive friends or people to rely on to direct her properly, ends up becoming a victim. I thought she was on point with her character – probably the most complex role that I have seen Jackie portray. The story itself held together well, and was actually more compelling than I had initially imagined it would be. I was just happy that the ghetto, thuggish portrayal of Black people in the States (and of course, the use of the word “nigger”) was kept to a minimum, which is an element of most of the Nollywood USA productions I’ve seen. I give the film a thumbs up for the story, it’s execution, directing, and acting. I must say, I really enjoyed seeing Enyinna Nwigwe in this film. I suppose Igoni Archibong as Ade did the best he could.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...



  2.  
    Cynthia

    Me I enjoy the film o. It was real interesting for me.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...




Leave a Response

(required)


 
  • 24%
    sisters at war
  • Black Silhouette
  •  
     
     
     
     
    child seller
  •  
     
     
     
     
    chocolate pinging salon
  • Oge's Sister
  • gidi up season 2
  •  
     
     
     
     
    nwaogo the housemaid
  • 54%
    knocking on heaven's door - official