THROW BACK- MOVIE REVIEW: ORACLE


The movie ‘Oracle’ had the Igbo-eastern setting. It was an horror-thrilling movie. One film those that are easily jumpy may not be able to watch alone especially in the evening. There was nothing unclear about the scenes, each scene was self-explanatory. The ending of the movie could have been better, or there should have been another part to conclude the movie well. What would happen to Odimkpa (Peter Edochie) is still hanging in the air. The actors put up exceptional acting. It was more like they were not aware of the camera and that the whole event happened for real. There was smooth transmission in the dialogue. The use of two languages added flavour to the film, but they could have translated on the screen for those who don’t understand the language. The film was fairly long, but long enough to keep you glued to your seat and anxious to watch what would happen next. The film made use of a lot of characters which made it realistic and added more flavour to it. A proper arrangement of each scene, one could tell if it was day, noon, night, the next day or months later.

Costume wise
Excellent!

Sound wise
It is capable of creating an effect on the viewers as the sound used while mourning would make you doleful. Each sound employed emphasized the nature of the scene; a great special effect especially in the part where they wanted to steal the mask even to the point that stole it, the bleeding tree, the part where the sharp arrow killed one of the actors (Enebeli Elebuwa); one could deduce that something was wrong from the sound.

Just thinking
• In the last scene, one would wonder why the lead actor smiled before the oracle cut off his rope, though it kind of made that scene funny.
• When Odimpa asked his men to get Ukadike, we don’t know what happened afterwards, I think there should have been continuity.
Confusing scene(s): Nil
Thumbs up: There was so much creativity in terms of the mask, Ogbakiri god and the bleeding tree.

Overall rating for Oracle
• STRUCTURE: Good Beginning, Good Middle, Bad Ending
• SOUND: Good
• DIALOGUE: Flawless flow
• CHARACTERS: Familiar faces
• SCREEN PLAY: Somewhat( because of the ending)
• SHOTS: Bright shots
• LOCATION: Good location. The perfect one for that kind of film.

• REMARK: Regardless the few discrepancies, it is one film people certainly need to watch. Though, it was not properly concluded. When you watch this film, you would certainly be hungry to travel to your hometown, not to mourn o, but to celebrate as well as start-up a business.
• RATE: 7/10

Author:

Born in the 80’s, Ogefash picked up writing early in her secondary school days at International School, Lagos. She took it professionally after her university days at the University of Lagos where she graduated from the Department of Mass Communication. She is a writer of several short stories some of which have been published in the magazines. Some of her popular stories are: A Night to Remember, The Special Gift, Haunted, Preparing Ahead of Time amongst others. Her novel "Looming Danger" published in December 2015, was highly recommended by people. She has worked with several media outlets some of which are Spur Magazine and Upcoming Magazine. With her love for children, she took up the task of supervising and taking care of children at the After School Department of Heritage School before her resignation. Her unique strory telling and song teaching skills endeared her more to the kids she worked with. Oge is a goal getter, a pace setter and always strives for excellence. She likes to impact and solve problems in a creative way in a challenging position. She has in-depth knowledge in reporting and editing. She is a seasoned writer and very passionate about her work. Interestingly, her blog is the first in Nigeria to start reviewing Nigerian and foreign movies and also write the plots scene by scene. Ogefash blog is also the first to give a detailed analysis about music and artistes in Nigeria and abroad. Ogefash says "I don't keep male friends because they always want to have sex with me. I don't keep female friends because they are always bitchy and envious. I only keep people I can call more than a friend!" Ogefash has an affinity for TV reality shows. In 2018, she represented Nigeria in the PanAfrican TV reality game show "The Maltavator Challenge" powered by Nigeria's number one malt drink packed full of energy giving vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6;Malta Guinness. The show brought together four African countries Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and Coted'ivoire who competed for the grand prize of 20,000 dollars. Undaunted by any task in her field, Oge is highly energetic and creative. She is a rare gem and a gift to this generation.

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