SEVEN: the Review

SEVEN: the Review

seven: the movie

This review is going to be a short one. So straight to the point…

As expected, the title of this movie leaves you no clue on what the plot borders on. So no guesses or spoilers here, you have to go see it. Before that though (if you are yet to watch it) here’s my take on the entire production.

The story is an interesting but rather cliche one. However, it features sprinkles of commendable creativity delivered in a high quality production, making the story exciting. Such features as the deep-rooted ghetto oreinted set-up; speed racing and how it becomes useful to the protagonist eventually. The ghetto narrative is always an intriguing one and I must say, justice was fairly done to how it was portrayed in this production. The story doesn’t only portray the ghetto life but realistically mirrors how man is affected by his environment, emphasising the *adaptability* characteristic of man in MR-NIGER-DAC.

My favourite feature of this movie has to be it’s dynamism with how character’s roles were assigned. It really just removes the veil of limitation of an ‘ideal’ role we may have mentally assigned to some actors. Like who would have thought that the veteran Richard Mofe Damijo can take up such a role and execute it so seamlessly.

The way relationships are built in this story is a beautiful representation of what can be seen in the Nigerian society. You have the rich family who hope to have had a better relationship. There is the poor family who have a typical ideal Nigerian home relationship: the bants on the dinning table, the stubborn and clueless son, the ‘hero’ of a father whose personality affords the child exoneration from the regular oppression in the community (except something higher is at stake of course).

The dialogue in this movie is highly realistic. You could literally pick up a thing or two from the slangs spoken in the movie. Quality of production is good. The sound, music choice, make up and costume. In fact, I do believe that there is a transformation going on in Nollywood as regards quality of production because these new movies have been really good; totally different from the stereotypical. Images are now very believable, scars and injuries are better crafted, the editing is now spot on. Really commendable!

There is however something that is questionable in this production, and it’s in the story. At a point, we have the antagonist saying he is the mastermind behind the ordeal of the protagonist and that doesn’t seem realistic according to the story build up. In clearer terms; Bassey claims to have doctored everything? How is that please? We would love a little clarification if that works for you.

We have come to the end of this review. Remember it promised to not be long…

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