Fleeing Cinema Halls- October 1
MOVIE TITLE: October 1
DIRECTOR: Kunle Afolayan
SCRIPT: Tunde Babalola
STARRING: Sadiq Daba, Kayode Aderupoko, Kanayo .O. Kanayo, Kehinde Bankole, Fabian Lojede, Demola Adedoyin, Kunle Afolayan, Deola Sagoe, Nick Rhys, David Bailie.
YEAR OF RELEASE: October 2014.
“For everyone who has ever loved film in Nigeria since the beginning of time,
This is supposed to be a film review for Kunle Afolayan’s “October 1”. But be warned,if you have not yet seen it, and I congratulate you for your self control, this may contain spoilers. It may also read as a lamentation of sorts, because unlike most of you out there, I do care when I waste a thousand bucks or more at the cinema. I would have gotten my boyfriend a new pair of coloured socks for the amount I spent watching this film and definitely enjoyed loads of TLC afterwards. Instead of doing that, I went to see “October 1″, to show some support for Nollywood. Besides, some people were of the opinion that this movie was better than “Half of a Yellow Sun”. The rumours were entirely false, the cinema hall soon turned out to be a cinematic concentration camp. World War II all over again. Please read carefully.
“October 1” tells the story of an inspector played by Sadiq Dabba who must save the virgins of a village from the murdering rage of a serial killer. But wait a minute! Mr Dabba’s performance is so devoid of colour that it does not even endear any viewer to him. This man develops an Hausa accent an hour and twenty minutes or there about into the film after waking up from a mild concussion the night before!
I was just sitting there like “Dear God! This is the height of the bottom of the barrel”. Every other actor asides who you would agree was everybody’s favourite character-Kayode Aderupoko who played Detective Afonja- just delivers an okay performance, nothing extraordinary yet nothing so sad that they cannot defend their pay.
For a story where the white skinned actors, possibly rejects from Hollywood, gave an abysmal rendition of their characters, except the old gaffer in white whose name I choose to forget, the rest were just either overly dramatic and/or amateurish and this begs the question, was Kunle afraid to direct them? At this point, I must say a number of situations were uncalled for and just plain jumping the shark as stupid arose like stink from a corpse.
Here is a list of some of the atrocities I noted down:
1. A man who treks inter-state gets missing in a little forest and is being charged with apparent man slaughter but he breaks into a tune he just heard a couple of minutes ago quite impeccably, belittling the dire nature of his circumstance just so the film makers can tie the tune in a different scene and solve the crime.
2. Sadiq Dabba tells Kunle Afolayan ‘you’re nothing’ angered, Kunle runs to him, cutlass drawn, classic Spartacus style and lunges towards him, pinning him on the ground, stabbing the earth. I personally want Mr. Afolayan to explain to me that action for the sake of action. What was that for?
3. From the opening frame where a man clad in white pursues and kills a maiden and the next thing we see, the prince shows up in town all dressed in white, it becomes apparent that the people behind this film just did not know what to do from first frame.
4. The inspector shows up in town, in a bus and the sergeant there to welcome him asks ‘where is your bag sir? The inspector replies ‘it is in the boot’, the sergeant goes to the boot, and I’m sure he is quite the clairvoyant or probably psychic so he knows the bag to look for.
5. Inconsistent subtitling.
I refuse to bore you with any more rants like the superhuman powers of deduction Mr. Daba’s character has, like how from the words ‘I ♥B’, he knows a victim came to meet her boyfriend by the stream.
I honestly do not know what brand of marijuana those reviewers who loved the film have been smoking and how they got their hands on it, but “October 1” suffers from a lack of story or directorial vision but plenty publicity from a director we all have come to admire.
Next time, I am downloading Nigerian films from the comfort of my home in Lekki, instead of torturing myself at the cinema.
Wait for the climaxing anti-climax, I had to flee the cinema hall before this film was over. That has never happened to me before and this is saying too much. I must stop writing now, my blood pressure is already on the rise, next time I hope to write to you under much better circumstances.
One last word, the picture quality and other technical aspects of this film were very good, but then again it reportedly had a budget of more than 200 million naira, so what were you expecting? Oganigwe?“