While I would have loved to start the week with another movie, time forced Crushed by ace Nollywood director, Lancelot Imaseun on me.
Had I cast my poor self to another 2 hours of purgatory in the name of entertainment? Well a look at the rating:
Crushed chronicles the life of a newly married couple, Eno and Ekpen shortly after their marriage. An obsessed lover from Eno (Lillian Esoro)‘s past comes back to haunt her after five years.
Mark (Sambasa Nzeribe), the deranged ditched lover will stop at nothing to get Eno back including killing anyone who stands in his way.
From the poster, you would imagine that this is a thriller right? For me, that’s quite exciting after weeks of ROMCOMS (Romantic Comedies) however, after seeing the movie, I think I might want to flush it down with a tall glass of Wives on Strike or even The Wedding Party.
Not to say that the movie wasn’t good, just saying it wasn’t fantastic and I have got a few reasons to back that up.
For one, the publicity for the movie was beyond poor. In my previous post, I mentioned that the trailer of the movie wasn’t released till a few days to the cinemas release.
To worsen matters, the actors featured in the movie made little almost inconsequential attempts to publicize the movie till release date was upon us . I got a bit of talk from the director but considering his low followership status on Instagram, very few people were eager to see the movie.
I wasn’t entirely surprised to be the only soul watching the movie earlier today
Was Crushed actually a Thriller?
Wait, what’s a thriller without suspense? I had imagined from the poster to get a bit of an adrenaline rush but to my disappointment, I laughed almost hysterically at the very nerve wrecking screams of the character, Eno.
Fact One- The character Eno cried in well over 6 scenes in the movie but not one single tear found its way out of her eyes!
One particular scene got me shaking in my pants (nothing close to fear). Eno was hysteric after seeing Mark looking at her through the side glass of another car. Just as a security man approached, Mark I would suppose, disappeared using magical powers and when the security man turned away (I bet even Sambasa laughed at that move), he hurriedly plastered a note (with a sticky tape) on the glass with the inscription “I am Back”.
Dear Lancelot Imaseun (DGN), an obsessed psycho who goes around with a toothpick stuck in his mouth is distasteful and not scary. Every time my eye stumbled on the toothpick, I imagined Sambasa settling over a large plate of Isi Ewu pepper soup and not attempting to murder anyone.
Also, I doubt it is juicy to see sweaty people in movies except they got off from jogging or having some rounds of sex. The actors especially Sambasa reminded me of how badly I needed to have a shower.
On the bright side,
The movie did well with film tricks. I particularly noticed the scene where Eno’s mother hit her head on the center table. Was truly believable.
Was Crushed a change in Nollywood’s narrative?
No way except you would consider that for once, it wasn’t a Romantic Comedy.
Is the Movie Worth my money?
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