I know this movie premiered a while ago and some of you have seen it but I also bet some of you have not! So I am not the chief last carrier…wear your uniform well with pride. I wanted to see the movie since it premiered but the right time never presented itself...
I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical especially since I wasn’t really impressed with Figurine however, I have changed the way I see Kunle Afolayan now, he actually did well as director/producer and actor, even though his acting is not quite there yet sha. Nod if you agree.
The movie tells a story of Danladi Waziri (Sadiq Daba), a police officer from Northern Nigeria who is posted to a remote town of Akote in Western Nigeria to investigate the frequent female murder cases in the community, and have the mystery solved before the Nigerian flag is raised on October 1, Nigeria's Independence Day. That’s a summary and If I share more than that this review would be a spoiler.
Halfway into the movie you could tell who the serial killer was but that did not take away from the suspense because I kept trying to figure out how the known killer was going to be caught and more importantly why was he killing?! We only hear about serial killers in Western stories abi?
I thought the entire cast fit and interpreted their roles perfectly…it was so refreshing to see Kanayo O. Kanayo…everybody hailed him when he came on. My favourite characters were Sadiq Daba as Inspector Danladi Waziri, Demola Adedoyin as Aderopo (I’ve never seen any movie he’s done but he played his role soooooo well). Kayode Olaiya as Inspector Afonja was totally hilarious, the man is a comic but you wouldn’t miss his underlying message. A lot of people criticized Deola Sageo’s scene as totally unnecessary but to be honest with you, I didn’t even notice it. LOL. Did I forget that Femi Adebayo was also in there…he’s so chubby now, gbogbo bigz boy!
Cinematography was on point! Compared to the typical Nollywood movie, there were not a lot of unnecessary scenes: I’m so glad the Nigerian Movie industry is growing…and we are telling our own stories. Costume and set design, on point! Mwah! Cast on point! Double mwah! Storyline on point!!
One of my favourite scenes was when Danladi Waziri (after suspending Afonja) came to visit him in the house and met him eating, he was invited and he immediately jumped in to eat, Afonja’s wife whispered in Yoruba something like “is this not the oga that suspended you? If he came here for more destruction then bone will hook his throat as he is swallowing’ and then Afonja turned to Danladi and said, my wife says “hope you like the food”…LOL.
At the end of the movie I had so many questions but one stood out, who was I asking? Bobo! I asked, is this movie fact or fiction? I have to applaud Kunle Afolayan for weaving both so seamlessly that it is almost difficult to tell the difference. I think this is his best production yet!
So should you see October 1st? Definitely. I enjoyed it!Have a fabulous weekend!