[Movie Review] THE AWAKENING Featuring O.C Ukeje, Kehinde Bankole And Femi Brainard


M.Y
: Hello people and welcome to the review of The Awakening, a Nollywood production released to theaters this weekend.

So, you want to find out if this movie is worth spending that neatly folded One thousand naira note in the “cornerest” corner of your Wallet on?

Zubby: Cornerest corner? Seriously? You want to scare the English rabid readers away right?

M.Y: LOL. Don’t blame me for seeking the right expression.

Zubby: The Awakening is a Dark Thriller about a young advertising agent who starts to have premonitions of random deaths which eventually happen. Fate teams him up with an ambitious journalist seeking the biggest story of her career. Together they begin to find out that all the deaths are connected.

M.Y: I must say, this movie has been on my waiting list for like EVER.

Zubby: So, now that it is out, in your opinion, how would you rate it?

M.Y: Take a chill pill bro. Jesus didn’t serve the best wine first. It came last. Let’s build up to the verdict.

Director:  James Omokwe And Ethan Okwara

Writers: David Ahanmisi  and James Omokwe

Producer: Theresa Ananenu

Starring: O.C Ukeje, Kehinde Bankole, Bryan Okwara, Femi Brainard And Adewale Aroloye

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THE SCRIPT

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M.Y: Yeah, so the script, In my own humble opinion, Like most of the best movies I have seen, It is quite simple. This movie is no Inception, but It did do some justice to good story telling.

Zubby: To me the script was definitely one of the high points of this film, it did start a bit slow but picked up and got me hooked up.

M.Y: There were some little twists that I really loved. Like the 7pm guy they were trying to save and the sudden realization that they were focusing on the wrong person.

Zubby: The box, the tattoo  the sand, Ancient African civilization. How are they all connected ? It all seemed like a mystery which would not link up well.

M.Y: Honestly, I was waiting for them to spoil the script at the point when they were going to reveal the truth, But then, they really did pull that story together. In all, I would say the script was lovely.

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THE DIRECTING

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M.Y: James Omokwe and Ethan Okwara’s directing skills are no doubt good. I mean, the movie had the best special effects I have ever seen in a Nollywood production and the fight scenes totally Believable. But then, even with the boastful use of a 5.0 surround sound, the sound quality was just above average for me. The cinema could also take some blame for that. The speakers were unnecessarily too loud.

Zubby: M.Y, You are missing something. The Animation. No one can ever miss that animation. It was neatly done and was probably the best thing to have done, considering the available technology in this part of the world and how poor the normal Nollywood flashbacks are(Error filled) . But then the make up in the end for Death, Naaah…That didn’t cut it

M.Y: The peeling skin or whatever it was on the guy’s face looked like Vaseline mixed with some red color and smeared on the guy’s face. That was the biggest flaw in the movie to me.

Zubby: The Accident scene could have been better but it was a lot better than the regular Nollywood accident scenes.

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THE ACTING

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M.Y: The choice of actors was good. Everyone was at the top of his game. But most of all, I loved the LSPD agent Gbade. He has the stuff of becoming a bad ass action hero like Vin Diesel or something. His scene where he ruffles a couple of thugs made me follow his moves and punches a little bit.

Zubby: I loved how the main characters all gave a good account of themselves. Nick and Super cop Gbade were a joy to watch, Nigeria could use a few police officers like Gbade.

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THE VERDICT

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M.Y: So, what’s our verdict on this one? This is a breakout movie for these guys and in my opinion, it shows they really know what they are doing. I mean, I read it off a blog, that1960chick.com that the movie started shooting with a budget of N50,000 and look what they came up with.

Zubby: The turnout was very poor at my end, I mean i was the only one watching this movie in the cinema hall for the first 30mins until a lady walked it and it remained like that till the end. More just needs to be done to put the word out there about this movie.

M.Y: A short note to the cinemas, this is the kind of movie to be promoted and not some short film or will I say short documentary that runs for 45 minutes which they have been making so much noise about. I am so damn sure the movie will be complete crap. The turnout for this movie was so damn poor. I was so disappointed.

Zubby: It is just amazing work I must say. For the fact that this is a new stuff and a milestone for Nollywood this movie gets a Popcorn and a Soda from us. Oh, I guess this answers the question about the One thousand naira note.

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Author: Awojide Olumuyiwa Sylvester

Computer Scientist, Digital Marketer and Movie Lover. Drop me in front of a 100 feet screen showing anything with Tom Hanks in it and my day is made. Find me on Google+

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55 Comments

  1. Nice one guys. Wish silverbird Uyo (Akwa Ibom State) could plz show these movies as soon as they are out. All I ever want to do is see some of the good ones after ur verdicts but then I ve to wait for like a month or two in some cases. Really sucks

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    • The cinemas really need to do a lot more in promoting the right Nollywood productions. A lot still needs to be done.

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      • U got that right M.Y and ur verdicts goes a long way too so kudos guys.

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        • Thanks a lot. I appreciate that. God bless

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  2. Really need to see this movie asap!

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  3. Definetly on my waiting list this week…

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  4. It is a shame…good nollywood movies (I’m saying good based on ur verdict) like this don’t get enough media buzz…lyk their foreign counterparts.

    We need to do more to promote above average nollywood movies….I have a lot of friends in yankee asking me for the latest movies and most times I don’t have an answer.

    Anyways…I will go see it…the review really makes me wanna see it

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    • Well, we will like to know your verdict when you see it fash. But I am certain the effects are unrivaled. Except I haven’t seen a better movie in Nollywood out there.

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  5. Honestly, I’ve been waiting for an S & P review of this movie before I bring out my 1000naira from its cornerest corner. Can’t be wasting my money on rubbish. Last week I saw Tonto’s ‘My Life, My Damage’….I was lamenting over my 1k the entire time.

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    • Oh, you lamented over the 45 entire minutes right. Sorry dear. I could smell the failure in that movie from a mile away.

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  6. U took d words ryt outta d edge f my lips guys. Just saw d movie and my opinions were same..I fink bad publicity cld b d bane f ds film ddnt see any trailer on Stv or Ontv…its a good movie considering d terrain…James and his team would do much better nxt tym I’m hoping

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    • Their marketing was really poor.I dint even know the movie was going to be released. I just happened to check the schedule on Friday and viola! The Awakening had been released. We were 15 in the theater. I was the first in, I turned back, went out, checked my ticket number checked the screening room number, all to confirm I was in the right place. The second person didn’t come in until we, sorry I was about 10 mins into the movie.

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  7. I did see the movie n d hall was fully packed, I am guessing because I heard from a friend who heard from another and we wanted to see what the buzz was about. The room was really engaged, as the humour n emotion got e veryone reacting out loud. It was worth my 1k5 I tell ya!
    The terrible thing was there was no indication the movie was showing almost as though the. cinema was against the progress of the movie. *wonder y they agreed to show it in the first place.

    In all it is a good movie n hope for Nollywood.

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    • They were busy promoting My Life My Pain. Sad stuff. Thanks for the comment. It is well appreciated.

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    • I will watch the film and let you know what I think.Thanks for the comment.

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    • It is an amazing video. I just saw it now. It shows the younger generation is the industry’s salvation

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  8. Ok am a girl so when I go to the movie am not just looking for a great tale, am also looking for good on screen chemistry between the leading characters of the opposite sex, OC n Kehinde did it for me..Then I always look for the unattached hunk in the story(blushes), and my o my! kick ass LSPD cop GBADE did that for me. M.y and zubby u must understand that I have a very active imagination so my pre-bed fantasy that night had the makings of my own directorial debut, which involved me being a kidnap victim and Gbade laying several thugs flat to come to my rescue which he did @ d end and just as our romance was about to blossom that’s when my husband rolled over in his sleep and his limp arm landed on my face(yay!.. Sorry I meant ouch!)Moving on after a couplle hail marys I forced myself to sleep, but only after I resolved to change the story line for tommorows session this time maybe I would be single and I would be the only girl left in the world and Gbade would kill all the men to have me…Sigh!! Wouldn’t that be a perfect world..Lol oh yes since that is not why we are here I must the movie was great and am not just saying that because of GBADE(school girl giggles)

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    • Lmfao. Best comment ever!!!! You cracked me up. Pls keep on fantasizing, it might just come true. Thanks

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  9. Hmmm, stil skeptical… Seeing a nigerian movie in d cinema.. I don’t know..they always fall short… Willing to give this a try though… I like that no major actor was used, when I mean major, I mean, the Omotolas and co… It was beginning to get too monotonous out there…

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    • You are not as tired as I am honestly. I don’t think you will be disappointed when you see this, if the story doesn’t impress you, the animation will definitely blow you away. Sadly short though. Wink. Oh did I spoil it for u? Your novel is really awesome by the way.

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  10. Sounds interesting for a Nollywood movie. Sad to hear the turnout to watch it @ d cinema was low. We need to be encouraging good works. Good review, M.Y & Zubby.

    Btw, Happy 6 Months to Sodas & Popcorn! *wink* Well done and more grease to una elbow! :)

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    • Thankssss! Super fan Nnenna. You are one of our pillars. God bless. Still waiting for 3 other super fans I think.lol

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  11. Now I really can’t wait to see the movie!

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    • Please do and also help spread the word about it. As Nigerians need to be made aware of good Nollywood films that are worth watching and are not a waste of time and money.

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  12. I saw this movie on its first night @ silverbird so of course I had to pay N1,500 weekend rate but it was money verywell spent. Badt guy LSPD Gbade was my man. And since I’m married I won’t say anyting about loverboy ukeje… Lagos / nollywod is working.
    The awakening is a must see. All round thumbs up for the actors and crew.

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    • There you have it guys. Another testimony…lol

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  13. The movie is the right blend of everything, so I suggest to those that have not seen it, to do so, and not do so alone, but with people they love to spend special moments with.
    I agree the cinemas should do more to promote/support indigenous artistic genius like “The Awakening”. Gods speed guys!!!

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  14. Hello guys. Good site/job u’ve set up here. It’s my first visit.

    I’ve been to see the Awakening and it was well worth the watch. For the most part I agree with the review. The crowd in the cinema was drawn into the movie as it provided several cleverly arranged scenes and no dull moments.

    Casting was spot on. Though I would have liked to have the animation sequence spotted with some real people/scenery like in the Sherlock Holmes montages.

    The few oversights I observed can be corrected in/through SFX work.

    It urgently needs more publicity so pls tweet and share/put up posts on fb, etc.

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    • Ha! Oga! Sherlock Holmes Ke! I am sure you know how much the budget will cost. Those kind of things for now I am not sure can be accomplished in Nollywood. We are seriously waiting for the first person to put out something that is gonna be Sherlock Holmes quality though. Thanks for the comment.

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    • Thanks DUN for making time out of your busy schedule to drop by and check out our site/blog. its heart warming to know you share our views about the review. About the animation i feel they did the right thing and played it safe (considering the available technology in this part of the world). We hope to see more of your comments in our subsequent reviews. God bless.

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  15. I personally think Awakening is the best movie to come out of nollywood in years. Nothing like it has ever been done in nollywood, I’m referin to the animation in the movie and all the graphic effects, which was done by Tedd Oke, I noticed u complimented this effort grately but didn’t give kudos to d guy. Also u didn’t mention the sound track which I fell in love with d second I heard it. Awakening is a great movie and I’ll tell everyone to go watch it. Well done Jamez’ team

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    • Oh I am sorry. I couldn’t get the full list of the cast. I rushed out after the movie was done. Great job Tedd Oke and yeah!!!! I love Super Cop Gbade’s sound track. He had his own dedicated sound track which was cool.

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    • Hmmmmm about the sountrack (guessing the one at the end). Can remember hummimg along as i left the cinema hall, sadly i’ve forgotten the rythym now. It was really catchy & had that african vibe to it. For the record Thumbs up Tedd Oke, we love and appreciate what you did in the making of the movie.

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  16. sounds like a great movie and if its directed by James and Ethan then it must be as good as it sounds. Cinemas did not promote this movie at all and that’s really messed up.they end up promoting the hell out of cliched movies and leave potential classics like this high and dry. anyways kudos guys,Awakening is the beginning of something great.

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    • Well the cinemas are not the only one to blame in promotion. Lets note that the cinemas are out to make money also. If you pay them, they hype you, if you dont, they simply show your movie. I am sure the Awakening team had a plan and strategy for marketing, but it wasn’t powerful enough. It could have been better. No one knew this movie was even coming out. It just appeared from nowhere.

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  17. I might not get to see the full movie for a while as I live in the UK, however, I have been following the work and I know what my kid brother … Tedd Oke is quite capable of (*winking and with a smug face). He’s had great talent doing effect and animation..(he practices with my children!..007 and other heart stopping stunts….quite scary then! lol. All said, I think Awekening will set the pace for how other movies with ‘effects’ should look like… Not the ones we rip apart cos of hilarious What the heck ‘effects’ we are subjected to. I have been posting and sharing the link (with glee)…. Can’t wait to see the full movie!! Brilliant and awesome job everyone. Weldone Tedd, proud of you bro!!!

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    • That’s so good to hear. It only shows your brother’s dedication. Just be careful so he doesn’t break the kids legs. Now you guys make me want to meet Tedd really bad!

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      • He is dedicated to any cause he undertakes…he puts his all into it, yep, that Tedd! Yes, You should meet him. Ah, the kids are safe from him now, they are all grown up; 11, 16+ and 18; and besides they are too far away for him to use for stunts…phew!!

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        • LOL… You never can tell, he has probably introduced them to a future dream even if he is half way across the world from them.

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  18. Lemme gaan get the 1k from the ‘cornerest’ of my corner pockets…loool
    Good analysis.

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    • Ladies and gentlemen, Super Cop Gbade himself comments….tears shirt!!!!!!!!. Thanks. You thought I wouldn’t know it was you right.lol

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  19. Honestly, that’s the truth. It’s as if bad movies know they are bad from the onset so instead of spending money on making a better movie they use all that money for promotion and advertising thereby dimming the light of the little movies and the little ads they could afford.

    Then again O.C. Ukeje is brilliant so I had high expectations…

    crap this review just makes it harder to wait for the movie to get to my neck of the woods

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    • That’s so true. The PR stunt for Last Flight to Abuja made me rush in, and look how it turned out. I still haven’t gotten over it till now…lol…I pray O.C keeps doing the good movies he does and doesn’t start to disappoint.

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  20. Thanks tons guys…for all the support and the love…i salute the team for the effort made on their first movie. Forgive the marketing…it’s really not easy for independent filmmakers. It can only get better from here on. Thanks again peeps and sodas and popcorn folk!

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    • Thanks for the comment O.C Ukeje…we are honoured…yeah we pray it gets better from here on for the people working their asses off to put out great works to the audience. Keep up the good work sir

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  21. I just saw the movie on ABN TV here in the UK and i had google it, this film is epic,i have no reason to google it but i had to just to give good review. it is obvious that this is a low budget movie,but i’d rather watch a low budget movie with good storyline,excellent work delivered by the actors and actresses than to watch a high profile movie with stupid or repeated storyline with poor acting skills.the twist and turns got me glued till the end and the graphic works are spot on for the nigerian standard, there are rooms for improvement but hey! They are lot better than most nollywood movies. Officer gbade the streetwise cop should be used more in nollywood movies,and oc ukeje,kenny bankole and all other cast are spot on,all in all i give them five stars,cos i love every bit of the movie and i will pay a whooping 40quid to watch that in the uk.

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    • I would definitely love to see more of Inspector Gbade…maybe a series of his own. But they better not ruin the series!

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