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GETTING IT TOO RIGHT IN 30 DAYS
« on: July 04, 2008, 02:10:02 PM »

Written by: Ego Boyo

Produced by: Ego Boyo

Director: Mildred Okwo

Rating: C

All Ken Alumona (CBA) wanted to spend in Nigeria, his homeland, was a mere thirty days but those days were turned into hell for him. Nigeria is embroiled in a crisis that was threatening to tear apart her democracy which she just won after many years of military rule. Principal officers of the new government are dying off one by one and their deaths are not all that mysterious ? someone is shooting them off. There is panic and an uneasy tension in the land.

Both the press and the police are digging into the killings to unravel the truth ? but with different purposes. The task of finding out the face behind the killings is given to Dupe Ajayi (Joke Silva), the president?s closest and most trusted aide and the Inspector General of Police, Shobowale (Segun Arinze). Ken, meanwhile, walks into something he didn?t plan and his thirty-day vacation turned into something he did not envisage at the beginning of his trip to Nigeria. Not only because he gets involved with Chinora Onu (Genevieve Nnaji), an ?untypical? Naija girl but because his association with her led him into her world; the world of Female Revolutionaries of Africa. The thirty days were thus more than a holiday; it was an adventure.

At the premi?re of the film recently in Lagos, the audience was highly expectant for two reasons. The assortment of faces that starred in the film was one factor while the other was the faces behind the film. The scriptwriter, Ego Boyo, herself an actress, looked beyond the ?know the end from the beginning? films that characterise Nollywood and brought out something quite different. The director, Mildred Okwo, gave a good account of herself in this her debut. Quite a good work she did and give it to them, the film?s technical work is impressive.

Judging from audience?s reaction, it is entertaining as well. It?s got the thrills and frills ? wild parties, sex, violence and crime which make it read somehow like a Sidney Sheldon book. The plot is extensive and at some point, the story gets touching enough to make one feel bad. There are some surprises and the turnout of the whole course of events is one big surprise and that viewers used to having sins punished will probably be surprised.

Watching the film is like swallowing a pill that rather than settle in the intestines, goes to the windpipe. Yes, it produces a feeling of discomfort and it does not quite settle down. You wonder where to place the whole story within the social reality of the Nigerian environment. Take the whole story and transplant it in another society, say America, the pill might settle quite well. Critics have argued that a work of art must contain within it, argument for which it will be read. Put differently, a work of art should not look out of the social context in which it is domiciled to be meaningful. In an American film like Set it Off for instance, four young ladies might take up arms against an unjust society but in Nigeria, it just doesn?t add up, at least not yet.

The social reality of the story is not the only issue here. There is that of the moral of the story. At the end of the day, what value does it add to the viewer? The blurb of the film says it is a story of love but picking a girl in a night club for a one night stand and both parties part the next day without as much as knowing each other?s name can hardly be called love. Even though you hook up later, it still should not be called love as this loose concept of love can confuse an impressionable mind. Then, on the issue of revenge by Chinora, how justifiable is taking a life for a life?

It is doubtful if shooting off corrupt public officials can solve the problem of corruption in Nigeria as this treatment of the symptoms of the problem will only trigger off more than what Nigeria will be able to contain. The film gives the impression that it would and even the manner in which the killings were carried out was too simple. When the killing spree was going on, it was too unrealistic that an event that was hosting such calibre of people will have an almost inexistent security to the extent that the girls will penetrate so cheaply.

The humorist, Mark Twain, said that the difference between reality and fiction is that the latter must be logical. If this statement must be taken seriously, then there is something fundamental missing here. The reality is that Nigerian politicians do not take their security so lightly especially when their colleagues are being killed. While the whole operation lasted, they were not as much as challenged by anybody. Even Ken?s escape from the police was too cheap and an insult to any Police. Well, as the viewers at the premi?re said to excuse the shortcomings, But it?s just a story!

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GETTING IT TOO RIGHT IN 30 DAYS
« on: July 04, 2008, 02:10:02 PM »

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