Starring: Banky W, Suleiman Ibrahim, Rahama Sadau, Adesua Etomi, Kanayo I Kanayo, Michelle Dede, et al.
Although the story ‘Up North’ tries to tell isn’t original, it still manages a refreshing outlook.
Who would’ve thought the north was this beautiful?
I suppose the above is the kind of reaction Editi Effiong and everyone at Anakle Films were hoping for during the early stages of this movie’s production. Luckily for them, that’s exactly what they get.
The cinematography is obviously the best part of this movie. It’s very refreshing. For a moment there, in your head, you’d find yourself refuting all the popular claims about northern Nigeria being evil, war-torn, and full of illiterates, and wish you could visit Bauchi. That’s one of the things a movie should be able to accomplish, make you feel things you never knew you could. And ‘Up North‘ shines there.
The movie also does something patriotic. It paints the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC) in a good light and that’s a big deal. For many, the NYSC scheme is a waste of time, another avenue used by the government to legally embezzled funds. But Up North doesn’t concern itself such all these gossips. No. It instead crafts something beautiful around the scheme, challenging the present and future corps members to be more like Corper Bassey (Banky W), dutiful and thorough in all their dealings with the Fatherland. And that’s a good one.
That’s about all that’s commendable here.
Whoever thinks it’s wise to keep giving Banky W lead roles in mega movies needs to have a rethink. In as much as Banky as Bassey is far from terrible to watch, he still has a lot more to learn. His range as an actor is still limited and watching him flash his Dozie Onwuka charm across different movies is fast becoming as tiring as watching him and real-life wife, Adesua Etomi, star in the same movies, together.
The star of Up North, for me, is easily Suleiman Ibrahim, and even his performance is sometimes plagued by an underwhelming script.
Notwithstanding, Up North is a very beautiful movie. The bright colors and seeming warmth of Bauch State is enough to make you forget these shortcomings, that’s if you even noticed them in the first place. You should see this movie before it leaves Netflix.
Directed By: Tope Oshin
Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5