Movie Review Of ‘Sisters at War’

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Michelle (Jackie Appiah) and Ayah (Okwah Shaznay) lose their father unexpectedly to a heart attack during a party and are now contending for his wealth.

 

Frank Rajah Arase’s Sisters at War is a story that has not only been told countless times, but one that is blandly enacted.  For anyone who saw Last Weekend (Who killed Pa Reuben?), a Reginald Ebere film, staring Genevieve Nnaji, Nkiru Sylvanus, Ramsey Noah, etc., it becomes very boring to watch a similar film; which pretends to be intriguing, but ends up without a spine.  Cause and effect are watery in Sisters at War unlike in Last Weekend where you are at the edge of your seat, watching as events unfold in Pa Reuben’s polygamous home.

 

It is superfluous to spend money on expensive costumes and props if there is no story to tell or if the story is too weak to hold anyone’s attention like that of Sisters at War.  The end product is a film, in which the cast put in too much effort to make up for the lack of an interesting story.  The supposed twist and turns only serve to make the tale more ridiculous.

 

Film-makers in these parts should know that it is only when there is a marked improvement in the quality of our films that we can receive more patronage from our local audience and grab the desired international attention as well.  Films like Sisters at War raise the creditability question on what we can do.

 

In fact, films which tell similar tales as Sisters at War rely on entertaining storylines rather than fresh angles to the inheritance story, which has been dramatized too many times.  Sister at War fails to match such older films as Gold Diggers, Blood Brothers, Not Your Wealth, In the Cupboard and The Widow.

Amarachukwu Iwuala

Amarachukwu Iwuala

A writer … in pursuit of excellence

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