When you think of Nollywood and the thriller genre, its easy to imagine a dingy room, a badly made up male looming over a sweaty female or male sef complete with those nerve wrecking, uniquely Nollywood suspense sound tracks.
The makers of Date Night took a bold step in choosing a narrative totally different from what’s currently the norm around this part of the world and for that, they deserve SOME ACCOLADES.
Femi Ola (Deyemi Okanlawon) is a psychopath who takes women hostage, rapes them and kills them at will. Nemesis catches up with him when a date he thought would favour his whims turns sore. Lota (Adesua Etomi), a goal obsessed sociopath sets out to find her sister; Ogechi who was last seen in the company of Femi Ola. She manipulates him into taking the date night home and manages to torture and eventually rescue her sister from the dangerous claws of the murderous Femi Ola.
The movie which was directed by currently trending director, Daniel Oriahi portrays the downside world of a sociopath (Lota) and a Psychopath with the supposedly worst kind of Compulsive Obsession Disorder. In concurrence to one of the dialogues of the movie, “If Femi Ola and Lota had met at different situations, the movie would have been a romantic psychological thriller (if there is any genre of the sort)”.
The dialogue in Date Night was filled with just the right amount of wittiness that forces you to pay more attention to it than you would a Nollywood movie. The smart talk about Greek and Yoruba mythology and how ironically the fate of the characters are wrapped around the ideologies also makes for an exciting bit to look out for.
Despite the sophistication of the language used in the movie, it was a pleasant surprise to meet with a bit of vernacular here and there to balance the uniquely ours equation.
On Character interpretation, it’s almost impossible to deny the fact that Okanlawon and Etomi are amazing actors. Both actors are amazing and they brought all of that good stuff on board this production.
Quick Date Night Facts- The movie interestingly executed its story with a total of four casts; Deyemi Okanlawon, Adesua Etomi, Ogechi Peters and Anwuri Ijenebe.
This wouldn’t be the first time Nollywood has tried its hands with a slim cast but in 2018, it’s a big deal!
Suspense was satisfactory same as cinematography however some scenes appeared long, unrealistic or straight out of a Hollywood “Horror Film”. Take the final scenes as case study.
Undoubtedly, Date Night was entertaining and definitely not a bad watch but it could…
Have done better with PROPS. The set designer made a sad attempt at recreating Christian Grey’s “Red Room”. The Date Night‘s “cruelty room” located hopefully in the garage of the grand mansion occupied by Femi Ola was a drastic contrast from the fascinating decor of other parts of the apartment. The room boasted of funny looking pieces of items that one could hilariously call sex tools, odd even funny splashes of paint on the wall. Say no more…it was the Nollywood classic “Dingy Room” complete with the famous early 90s red light.
The costumier SHOULD BE SERVED A QUERY! Common! There appeared to be an obvious lack of creativity as it regards the costuming of members of the cast. The ripped tank tops, tights and Etomi’s corset were an eye sore. Then over to audio problems.
The soundtracks – obviously to heighten tension was a tad bit too extra. In one scene, there were at least three different sound effects. It became problematic as the movie progressed.
Finally, Date Night isn’t a grand screenplay but if you have read any of the above, it is definitely worth your time at least to see how well our filmmakers have done with exploring other genres.