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by charles Novia
The movie tells the story of Dolly (Damasus-Aboderin)
who all her lifetime had been besieged by misfortunes
and poverty. She eventually loses her grip on hope when
her little brother and the only surviving family that
she had, dies of an illness because she couldn't afford
to buy drugs for him. Dolly is totally disoriented and
even goes to the extent of asking God to take her life
too since life didn't seem worth living.
Things take a turn for Dolly when after betting with
the last money she had, she won a lottery of ten million
naira. Instantly her life is turned around and she becomes
a rich successful business woman. Unknown to her, an
angel of death (Elliot) was already assigned to take
her life on her 25th birthday to fulfil the oath she
made, and he surfaces at her house at about the same
time an arranged blind date by Dolly's close friend
(Julie) was supposed to show up. Dolly takes the angel
of death as the supposed blind date and thinks he's
a joker when he tells her his mission. Things move on
and Dolly begins to get close to the spiritual being
who now calls himself just 'Angel'. There are tight
situations where his behaviour show that he's totally
a stranger to our world but that does not stop a love
relationship booming between the two.
Eventually the story reaches a climax where it is discovered
that the original blind date never showed up and things
began to take a new turn and the real identity of 'Angel'
is known. It's a battle of emotions, fear, spiritual
realities till the touching end.
Damasus plays her part effectively and puts life strongly
into her character. Elliot gives a magnificent play
of the handsome yet sinister spiritual being in human
form. His delivery of lines is one catchy aspect of
the film that gives his character a unique stand. Empress
Njamah always seems to know how to act as a friend in
many movies and plays her part well as Dolly's best
friend 'Julie'. Tuvi James portrayal of Julie's fiance
'Thompson' is watery and not all that impressive. Don
Olaolu Richards does a fairly good job portraying 'Lord
Hades', Angel's master from the underworld.
movie carries a strong moral which buttresses a true
a point about the way we make vows or curses that could
affect our lives.
are some lapses though. How realistic is the movie?
An angel that has no where to stay sounds ridiculous
doesn't it? And are Angels always as helpless as Elliot's
character? It all looks more of an alien situation than
an angel situation. But hey, it's fictional so we'll
let it pass though in reality its not that easy to have
an angel of death come to announce to you that it's
time to die.
despite all the lapses the movie manages to carry the
suspense that gets you wondering how the story would
end and sure enough the end is surprising. The portrayal
of spiritual beings was strong, convincing and not blown
out of proportion until the scene where Elliot's character
had to reveal his true self. It was a ridiculous revelation
that wasn't well depicted. The flashes and show of funny
looking black robed people didn't say anything much
and apart from Elliot's character, they looked too ridiculous
to be serious.
I wouldn't like to forget to mention that the movie
bears a striking resemblance to an American movie titled
'City of Angels' which explores similar issues. Elements
of the scenes in the movie are worth applauding; the
scene where 'Angel' asks to be taught how to kiss, the
scene where 'Angel' makes his first appearance at Dolly's
house, and the final scene (my favourite) where 'Angel'
makes a glorious exit after dropping very strong and
good movie with impressive dialogue that etches deep
into your thoughts, beautiful casting selection and
nice sound effects. Novia did a good job of this production.
learnt from the movie:
Death and life are in the power of the tongue...prov.18:21
* * * * ------- Grab some popcorn!
* * * * *------- Can we watch it again?
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* * * ------- Watchable
* * ------- I'm feeling sleepy
* ------- A waste of your money!