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Should You Watch ‘The Old Guard’ On Netflix?

Release Date: July 10 (Netflix)

Starring: Charlize Theron, Kiki Layne, Chiwetel Ejiofor, et al.

As much as I tried not to, I still went into ‘The Old Guard’ with some expectations.

In the days leading up to me finally seeing it, social media repeatedly touted it to be something cut out of a similar cloth as Extraction, another Netflix Original starring Chris Hemsworth; some said it was a better movie, but that’s a discussion for another day. In a sense, they are indeed similar -they both dwell in the realm of action and they both excel at it.

Charlize Theron is, arguably, the ultimate action heroine of this age. Sometimes, it’s really difficult believing she’s 44 with all the new ways she keeps finding to throw bad guys around. I count it a blessing watching her prance around my screen, beating bad guys left, right and center; but even for her, elevating a simple story like ‘The Old Guard’ past what it wants to be, is a Herculean task.

The Old Guard

A bunch of near-immortal mercenaries, who’ve been helpful to humanity throughout history, finally meet their waterloo in a nerdy Pharmaceutical Executive, Merrick, working with an unwhelming ex-CIA agent (cum mad scientist played by Chiwetel Ejiofor). Both mad men plan to use these immortals to unlock cures to some of the world’s top diseases by throwing in the age-old movie element of capture and experimenting without consent. While all this is happening, the immortals also have to orientate the latest addition to their small team, Nile (Kiki Layne).

Although The Old Guard fairs well, I thought the screenplay could’ve played out a little different to help elevate the movie. The final product undermines certain character moments that could’ve made for more amazing screentime. The most glaring character on the receiving end of this is Nile, who I believe it would’ve helped if we took a deeper look into the workings of her mind.

Whatever shortcomings (I feel) The Old Guard had with its character development, it makes up for it with some really cool action scenes – a couple of stunt scenes that had me wow-ing multiple times. I saw this movie with a couple of friends, so there were a lot of ‘take it back moments’ which helped heighten the atmosphere.

Was it worth the time spent?

Yes! Some times I crave mindless action other times something entirely senseless. But The Old Guard is none of these. It’s a cool action, plot-driven movie and I enjoyed watching it.

The story sets up a sequel, which I found exciting. Come on, Netflix, what are you still waiting for? We know you’re definitely green-lighting this. Make the announcement already.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

‘Sugar Rush’ Movie: What I Liked And What I Didn’t

Release Date: December 25, 2019 (Cinemas); July 3, 2020 (Netflix)

Starring: Adesua Etomi, Bimbo Ademoye, Bisola Aiyeola, Tobi Bakre, Tke Makinwa, Lateef Adedimeji, et al.

Everything was going well with ‘Sugar Rush’ until it got to its third act. It either completely switched genres or increased the tempo of its pre-existing ones; it’s been three (3) days since I first saw the movie on Netflix, but I still haven’t been able to figure out which one it is.

What I do know is that, its third act is one-kind. 😩

Acting was decent across the board. Special shout-out to Bimbo Ademoye as Bola Sugar and Tobi Bakre as Andy; there wasn’t a dull moment watching both of them do their thing on screen. And also to Lateef Adedimeji, but solely for the Yoruba-Igbo hybrid accent thingy.

Other things about the movie I found to be one-kind? Dem boku! But I’ll mention a few:

  • How the Sugar mother (played by Iya Rainbow) leisurely followed her kidnappers out of the house without batting an eyelid at her daughter Susie (interestingly played by Adesua Etomi) crying and rolling on the floor.
  • How Madam EFCC (underwhelmingly portrayed by Omoni Oboli) appeared out of thin air for the final showdown. Very convenient.
  • Every scene with Mawuli ‘summer body’ Gavor
  • Everything about Banky W’s Anikulapo, except his make-up. I liked that one. 😄
  • Compound V: I almost thought I was watching a sequel of TheBoys. 😄

I don talk my own finish. Oya, talk your own. Sugar Rush, yay or nay?

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Directed by: Kayode Kasum

Written by: Bunmi Ajakaiye

Living In Bondage: Breaking Free Brought A Gun To A Knife Fight – A review

Starring: Ramsey Nouah, Swanky J.K.A., Shawn Faqua, Kanayo O Kanyo, Eyinnaya Nwigwe,

When news of ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ first broke out, I had doubts about it. Naturally, there was going to be very high expectations for it to deliver in ways yet unimaginable. I was apprehensive thinking about what would become if that didn’t happen; if it couldn’t live up to the memory of its original, the revered classic. But as we’re constantly reminded by certain events in life; you either go hard, or you go home. And ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ brought a gun to a knife fight.

Watching it for the first time, it’s obvious Executive Producer Charles Okpaleke (aka Charles of Play), Producer Steve Gukas, and Director Ramsey ‘no longer a loverboy’ Nouah did their homework. They invested time, energy, and money into this project; and the result is a flashy movie, which is great as a standalone watch, yet creatively ties into its source material and pays homage in ingenious ways.

The last time I experienced something similar to ‘Breaking Free’ was in 2016 with the smash hit, ‘The Wedding Party’. And even that feeling was of a different breed, because it stemmed mostly out of it being able to make me laugh effortlessly. So, with ‘Breaking Free,’ I needed to be certain it wasn’t just the giddy 15-year-old in me that was excited at seeing fast cars ride through the streets of Lagos, or the fairytale zing that was Kelly and Nnamdi’s first meeting. It’s hard to deny the attraction to affluence and wealth as lavishly displayed in this movie, but ‘Breaking Free’ does a good job balancing them out almost as soon as the story starts to draw you in.

The Brotherhood of the Six, gathered for a sacrifice

All the talks about story balancing wouldn’t have been possible without a strong cast to bring what was on paper to life, and Jideofor Kenechukwu Achufusi, better known by his stage name Swanky JKA does a good job carrying this movie. It may not have been perfect (who is anyways?) but it’s clear he’s got a fire burning in him, something the industry needs to fan more often. It’s in him to be great and I hope the odds works in his favour.

As the director and main-villain of this movie, Ramsey puts his nearly two decades of experience on display; he does a great job helping relatively unknown newbies like Swanky JKA, Munachi Abii and Shawn Faqua (whose character Toby is my favourite) shine. After watching this, I know I want to see more movies with him at the helm of affairs.

If there’s one thing I really loved about this movie, it’s how it was able to pick up the thread of the original LIB movie, after 27 years, without making the sequel feel enslaved to it. Bob Manuel Udokwu, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Kenneth Okonkwo, and some of the other creatives who featured in the original, returned for this sequel and not once did their characters make this film suffer because of their unresolved issue, which I liked. Save for Andy, who was important to the story being told, the others were nothing more than glorified extras.

It’s not all roses and diamonds for ‘Breaking Free’, though. It does suffer from a few malignancies, like the stretching of certain scenes till they lose taste; Nnamdi and Kelly’s first meeting is a notable example of this. Add that to some characters making questionable choices just to further the plot, and you’ll notice a frown starting to carve on your face.

This is a good movie, easy rewatchable, and I’m sure I’ll be doing that frequently for a while.

Kudos to:
– The brotherly bond between Toby and Nnamdi. It was beautiful to watch

– The sex scene. Colour me dark, but tasteful; that’s how I’d described it.

– The Man in Black (from Lost) visual reference; that puff of black smoke. Remember it?

– The church scene: Richard v Andy

– The musical album by Laary Gaga

Trash Alert! 365 Days On Netflix – A Very Short Review

It’s as though a teenager out a chance to express their horniness in writing, on Wattpad, and accidentally got the chance to meet with a randy amateur, who, somehow, thought this was a great idea to bring to live on Netflix.

Utter trash!

In a time like this, more than ever, the world doesn’t need a poorly scripted movie that glorifies sexual assault and then repackages it as a love story. A direct-to-Netflix porn movie telling this Timbuktu Christian Grey’s story would’ve appealed better to me.

Rinzy’s Rating: 0.5/5

The Delivery Boy: A Sex Worker, A Suicide Bomber, And A Night Of Adventure – A Review

Starring: Jemima Osunde, Jamal Ibrahim, Charles Etubiebi Oke, Kehinde Fasuyi, et al.

Release Date: May 24, 2019

I learnt from Jemima Osunde (who played Nkem) that ‘The Delivery Boy’ was first meant to be a short film, but ended as an unusual 66 minutes movie. As at the time of writing my first draft of this review, I didn’t yet know how much this piece of info would influence your feelings about this movie, but I thought to leave it in anyways.

If you’ve seen ‘The Delivery Boy’ and you call it a masterpiece, you won’t be entirely wrong. Here’s why. In an age where the average filmmaker would rather tell stories of parties, blings and merriment, Director Adekunle ‘Nodash’ Adejuyigbe joins a small, but growing list of creative daredevils willing to defy the odds and birth something different. Something better. And while this is very commendable, I also believe that pointing out where obvious errs in the course of actualizing this ambition will help him, and the others, improve faster.

A cover for The Delivery Boy movie

What happens when fate brings together a prostitute and a killer? It gets them to fulfill destiny. How do you fulfil destiny? You may ask. Truth is, there’s no straight road to her in real life; but in fiction, there’s only so much you can do to stretch the common sense of a person’s ability to believe in characters they just met under 90 minutes. With its final act, ‘The Delivery Boy’ really stretches that fact. But that doesn’t make this a bad film. Neither does it erase the good work it’s trying to do by shedding light on controversial, prevalent societal topics most filmmakers would shy away from.

Nodash, in his own way, and through the meticulous use of a particular local language many might argue propagates a long running stereotype, tries to tell a story that is dear to him and feels has to be told, because that’s one of the things art is supposed to be able to do – shine strong light on societal ills to expose them.
So, even though, Nodash’s third act goes about this weirdly, I don’t think he should be crucified for that. Try to ignore the few inconsistencies with the acting and sometimes crappy editing, okay?

So, I’ll paraphrase a point I made earlier:
‘The Delivery Boy’ tells a story that is smart, compelling, intriguing and full of suspense.

With an awesome story, a decent screenplay, and addictive characters, portrayed tastefully and leave you asking for more, why can’t we have a sequel? Is it because of that debatable climax, or because the movie was never meant to last long in the first place?

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Insecure: So Much Heavy Stuff Happened In This Season’s Finale, Which Shocked You Most?

This is a recap-review of Insecure s04e10 – season finale

Insecure has done well for itself this year. And like all good things, this season has come to an end, too.

Really heavy stuff happened in this season’s finale, some of which I saw coming. Which ones, you might ask? Let’s get into them, see if I jog your memory.

1) Andrew sweetly breaks up with Molly because she almost never makes compromises for him or their relationship. Guess who she turns to?

2) In Molly’s defense, Isaa, too, was heartbroken, so Molly calling her was a much needed escape for the both of them. But, is that healthy? Always bonding over tragedy?

The showrunner (Prentice Penny) says Issa and Molly are the true love story of the show, so they had to bring them back together, but I ain’t I that shit.

I really hope all this hasn’t been about both ladies finding their way to each other because they eventually realise all men are scum. Think about it for a second?

3) Why was Issa heartbroken?
Turns out we were right all along (see? 😁) Condola, aka Canola oil, is indeed pregnant, and Lawrence ‘bobo firecracking strokes’ is the father.
Shocked? I’m not. All those fire moves he’s been giving were sure to catch up with him sooner rather than later 😉.

It seems this is a deal breaker for Issa. Things may not be the same for their old-new relationship when the show returns. Hopefully, they get to work things out for their sake and that of the innocent baby coming.

4) Issa choose Lawrence over Nathan, but she’s still friends with the latter. Right now, I’m sure a part of her is wishing she could’ve found out about the baby early before turning Nathan down. Is she at a lose-lose, or do you think there’s a version of the future where she gets together with Nathan?

5) Poor Tiffany. Post-partum isn’t something that’s often talked about, but that doesnt mean it isn’t real. The show tries to shed some light on this topic and I think that’s cool. Hopefully, Derek continues to be there for his wife, even as her friends (save for Keli) have less time to deal with her shit and theirs simultaneously.

6) Where the fuck is Chad and when do we find out what happened to Latoya?!!!

Rinzy’s Rating for the Season: 4/5

‘Da 5 Bloods’: A Spike Lee Joint On PTSD, War, And Hard Emotions. A Win. – A Review

The premise of ‘Da 5 Bloods’ is pretry simple; 4 war vets return to the site of the Vietnam war under the guise of recovering the corpse of their late platoon leader, but are also there to secretly retrieve the large chunk of gold bars they buried years ago.

“Gold does strange things to people, even old friends,” Tien, a minor character, says as she hands a disguised gun to Otis, one of the titular Bloods; this was just before he and the rest of his squad depart for the Vietnamese jungle. That singular action was more of a warning for we the viewers to brace for impact than it was for Otis to lookout for potential betrayal on the field. The gold did lead to explosive revelations for all of them, just not in ways I was expecting. I thought that was good.

This Spike Lee Joint delivers one of the best movies this troubled year has seen. It’s calm yet smartly stirs trouble as its peng story unveils itself, illuminating, explosive, well-directed, graciously scored, and radically timely in the face of the BLM movement going on around the world now. It gives me hope for 2020; we’ve got 6 movie months to go. There’s still hope, guys.

Poster for ‘Da 5 Blood’

Heads up! Expect gory, real-life shots popping up throughout this movie. It can feel like a distraction, if you’re not so immersed in the movie, but I enjoyed them. I found myself looking forward to the next one.

Delroy Lindo and Jonathan Majors as father and son are the heart of this film; in a way, they’re also its chief muscles too, aesthetically speaking. Delroy, in particular, portrays PTSD at its rawest and how carrying around unresolved baggage can wear one out. Even though we don’t see much of him in it, Chadwick Boseman’s Stormin’ Norman is its heart, ably supported by Clarke Peters’ Otis.

I can’t be the only one who thinks Clarke Peters looks like Morgan Freeman, right?

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5

Directed by: Spike Lee

Insecure HBO: Can We Put Issa, Lawrence, And Nathan Together? Please.

This is a review-recap for HBO’s Insecure s04e09

After rooting for Issa and Lawrence to get back together last week, I found myself hoping she and Nathan would hook up in this episode. I mean, I wasn’t the only one feeling that intense sexual energy , right?

Right? 👀

One more episode to wrap up the season and things are still messy as hell on this corner of HBO! Molly finally spilled what’s been going on her mind to Issa, it almost seems like our girls are done for good. Could this truly be the end of Molly & Issa? If you as me, I’d say let’s wait till next week to find out.

Molly and Issa on HBO’s Insecure

PS: Ahmal is hilarious AF! I think the show will do well with more screentime for him next season.

PS, again: Issa and Lawrence are in a really good place, but she and Nathan still have unresolved feelings for each other. On this note, I don’t think I’ll mind if they can agree to have a threesome-kind-of-relationship. Wouldn’t that be something? 😄

PS, again, again: Kerry Washington directed this fire episode. Awesome job, girl! 🔥

What was your favourite moment from this episode?

The Agents Of SHIELD Are On A Field Trip To The 1930s For Its 7th And Final Season!

This is a recap-review of Agents of SHIELD Season 7 Premiere episode

(SPOILER Alert! – If you’ve not seen the season 7 premiere of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, you should leave and go talk about #TheMatter with your friends. 🤧

Daisy and the rest of what’s left of the Agents of SHIELD have travelled back in time to the Prohibition Era (USA, 1930s) to save SHIELD in its early days. What they didn’t know is, to do that, they’ll have to save Hydra, too, as both organization’s destinies are intertwined.

That, ladies and gentlemen — with a near-perfect LMD Coulson, Daisy and Deke still giving us f*ckable vibes, a new version of Jemma without Fitz, and Chronicum scums literally stealing and erasing people’s faces– is how you kickstart a season!!! 🥳🥳🥳

2013 feels just like yesterday, but AoS is in its 7th and final season, which means we’ll be saying goodbyes to another beloved show, soon. 😫

I’ve got two words to describe this show – Resilent and Resourceful. It refused to give up even when most people hated its first season and didn’t want to give it another chance to get things right, and it made the best of the scrap the MCU (studio edition) left for it and kept on crafting spellbinding stories season, after season.

I’ll really miss it when it ends, and I can’t wait to enjoy the adventure the ’30s will unfold.

What about you? 🙂