Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Desmond Elliot
Producer: Emem Isong, Ini Edo, Monalisa Chinda
Written By: Emem Isong
Screenplay: Bola Aduwo, Kehinde Joseph, Uduak Isong
Starring: Genevieve Nnaji, Ramsey Noah, Monalisa Chinda, Ini Edo, Uti Nwachukwu, Bobby Obodo, Beverley Naya, Brian Okwara, Alex Ekubo
Synopsis: A bored bachelor meeting his online love, a married couple looking to revive the spark in their relationship and a wealthy cougar descend upon the tropical paradise that is Le Meridian Hotel in Akwa Ibom for a weekend getaway.
This star studded flick, comes from the stables of Royal Arts Academy. I was a bit skeptical of the movie at first, as movies packed with notable characters most times turn out to be a farce and not fantastic.
Not wanting to let the cat out of the bag, regarding who played what, I will leave that to you guys to figure it out (also, due to the fact that they were a lot, I don’t want to spend my space talking about each person individually). I will say, that this was one of the best casts seen, however, I believe more research should be carried out by actors before roles are depicted. Like, Ini Edo cannot be a successful hotel house keeper with the sort of nails she had on, Booby Obodo’s use of a set of cutleries is appalling, especially since he meant to be well to do. I was extremely glad for Uti’s role, where he didnt have to scream at all, but his scene with Genevieve which was supposed to be smart, witty, sarcastic and sensual lacked such intensity of acts like Jinx and James Bond (Hallie Berry and Pierce Brosnan) or Mr. & Mrs. Smith, secret service agents (spies whichever suits you) with an eye on the prize. I don’t feel Ramsey brought his game to his role but it was nice to see him after a long while I couldn’t get over the comedic nature of Alex Ekubo, he deserves a thumbs up for his role which is always his role most times.
Desmond brought his ‘A’ game in directing, fading into scenes was precise, no long transition, just short and sharp. Most of the stories were good, but a few of them were not needed. With so much going on he does a good job of threading the stories together, they are all linked together in one way or another. I still have a problem with telephone conversations and not seeing or knowing if there is another character on the line, it seriously lacks credibility i loved the subtle promotion of the hotel and the richness of Akwa Ibom, I believe this is a positive step in the right direction and other states and cultures can explored this initiative to drive their heritage, cultural identity and tourism.
Weekend Getaway is a tale of sorts, comprising of comedy, romance, drama and a little bit of action. A couple of surprising lines but there were some predictable ones. The older actors stood out but I believe the younger one’s also did a good job of depicting their various characters. I see an action movie in the works, with the kind of packs our upcoming Nollywood hunks have.
The movie ended up being cute and kind of funny, it is worth the watch and gets a 6/10 from me.
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