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‘Òlòtūré’: How Far Is Too Far?

Reviewed by Amarachi Cajetan
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Do I think she pushed it too far? Hell Yeah!
Do I think this movie is underrated? Heck No!
Do I advise everyone and not just females to see this movie? For obvious reasons, yes!

From my title, it’s obvious the above statement revolves around’Òlòtūré’, the currently most talked about Nollywood crime drama which is fast becoming a household name for addressing human trafficking and exploitation of the female gender in Africa, using Nigeria as a clear case study.

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Inspired by Premium Times investigative report on human trafficking and prostitution, the Netflix original is directed by Kenneth Gyang and produced by the award-winning Mo Abudu of Ebonylife Films. It features A-list actors and actresses in Nollywood; Sharon Ooja who plays the lead character ‘Òlòtūré’, Blossom Chukwujekwu as Emeka, Omoni Oboli as Alero, Beverly Osu as Peju, Kemi Lala as Blessing, Ikechukwu Onunaku as Chuks, Omowunmi Dada as Linda, to mention a few talents.

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‘Òlòtūré’ means endurance/patience but this visual had me lost in translation. Patience where? Endure how? Wow!😱 So this how our beloved aunty Òlòtūré on her own accord shot herself on the foot… huh? Like really? I don’t even know how to go about this piece without giving you any spoilers but I’ll try😉.

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Imagine one moment you have a budding career; your life seems to be co-operating with you like you have everything aligned in your favor and then you woke up one morning and decided you need more excitement in your life. Hmm….Aunty!….Uncle!🙄 Wisdom which is profitable enough to direct should teach you better not to test ‘Fate’ because that bitch is so unpredictable. Her mood swings like a motherfucker! You’re likely not to get what you envisaged.

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Young and ambitious, I get it! But not knowing when to stop is what I cannot comprehend😪. The lead character Òlòtūré had me sitting at the edge of my chair while she played with my feelings during the course of outdoing her role as an undercover prostitute in a bid to expose a human trafficking syndicate. And like her co-player Emeka, describes her as having more bravery than sense, I totally agree😐.

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Unfortunately, Òlòtūré got more than what she bargained for. The mouth cannot explain what her eyes saw. The violence, the exploitation, the physical and mental abuse the ladies had to face on a daily basis were beyond her expectation.

 

No Spoilers, Just Lessons!

Know When To Stop- Like I told my circle when we had ‘Òlòtūré’movie review at our club, WE NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO STOP! Every decision you make is not just about you. It has a way of affecting a lot of lives connected to you. I know someone somewhere reading this piece right now will say “But it’s my life, I can do what I want with it”. I know it’s your life but please, Brother…Sister…do the right thing with it, make better life choices. Imagine the decision Ehi (Sharon Ooja) made to keep pushing it which ended up affecting a lot of lives around her – Her friend, her friend’s sister, her lover, her family, her friend’s family and on and on the train kept going.

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Success Is Not Always the Best Revenge- Yes we get it; an undercover agent needs not leave any stone unturned yeah? That aside, I could see through Ehi’s eyes, she wanted revenge in form of success and somewhere in her head, she was determined to achieve it so badly not minding what was at stake. The rape fuelled her crave for vengeance even more; relating it to real-life context, I bet she couldn’t wait to grab Sir Philip (rapist) by the balls and say “got ya!” she really wanted to prove a point but apparently, in this case, success was not the endpoint for her😒.

The Cast

First, I’ll like to say that the lead character, Òlòtūré played by Sharon Ooja deserves an accolade. She delivered her role brilliantly; it was a breath of new air seeing her on our screens play a daring role other than her trademark ‘baby girl’ role.

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Wait! Did I mention already that they could not have cast a better set of actors for this movie? Best believe it. Well, this is how I feel about the main characters in ‘Òlòtūré’;

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  • Òlòtūré/Ehi (Sharon Ooja) – The young, ambitious, and naïve working-class ladies. Can’t wait to get a big break in their career. They always get in over her head.
  • Emeka (Blossom Chukwujekwu) – The senior colleagues that fall in love with the young, pretty junior staff in his charge. They are also ambitious and looking for a big break. Their emotions always end up getting a better part of them.
  • Linda (Omowunmi Dada) – The unlucky ones who never getaway.
  • Alero (Omoni Oboli) – Aunty wey sabi (knows all). The wicked and greedy madams that think they know and have seen it all. Most times, they are ex-prostitutes too.

  • Beauty (Adebukola Oladipupo) – The very young innocent ones that have no idea what life has in store for them.
  • Chuks (Ikechukwu Onunaku) – The abusive old school pimps
  • Sir Philip (Patrick Doyle) – The highly aced politicians with sick fantasies.
  • Linda’s Mother (Eunice Omorogie) – The clueless mums that have no idea what their kids do.
  • Jubril (Yemi Solade) – Our ever incompetent NPF!

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 Yes, you’ve just seen Oluture through my eyes! Convinced? Well, I didn’t want to do a review on this movie, but “Seductive Mystique” (Naked Minds inside joke🤭) made me. Y’all know how convincing she can be lol.

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If you haven’t seen Oluture, I recommend you do it. And if you’ve watched it, I’ll like to know your take on the film, ranging from the lessons you picked, your favorite characters, cinematography, and yeah yeah, the end of the movie. I came across a lot of remarks concerning the way it ended. The majority of comments I’ve seen so far championed that the end didn’t give the needed closure. Hmmm… you feel the same way? Do you think Òlòtūré went too far? would you have done anything different in her shoes? Let’s talk. I’ll sit in the comment section with my bottle of cold Hibiscus flower juice aka Zobo while waiting for your view on ‘Òlòtūré’ Leggo😄😄👇👇

 

 

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Bubu
Bubu
14 days ago

First off, we have to give kudos to the Nigerian movie industry, because lately they have been making us really proud and putting out great contents. This movie was so put together, from the cast to the stage, and it caught my attention after I heard it was a real life event that centered around Tobore Ovuorie, a senior investigative journalist who works with the Premium Times, that bravely went undercover to expose human trafficking, but witnessed more than she could imagine. I’m glad her end wasn’t as that of Oloture (Sharon Oja) in the movie, but the sad reality… Read more »

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Admin
14 days ago
Reply to  Bubu

Wow! Feels good to know the part of her not making it didnt happen in real life. *sigh of relief* 😪😪

I agree with you, the movie was well put together, kudos to members of the crew. Now I’ll just go read more about Tobore Ovuorie, her life seems interesting.

Ines
Ines
14 days ago

Yeah, read uh p on the actual story, it’s that touching too. I have the link to the actual publication by Premium Times

King
King
14 days ago

Let me go see the movie then come back 😉

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Admin
14 days ago
Reply to  King

Okieeeesssss hurrryy!! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Aji
Aji
14 days ago

Nice review! Makes me want to watch the movie…. I’ll be back when I do. 😁

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Admin
14 days ago
Reply to  Aji

😆😆😆 this proves that many of you haven’t watched the movie 😪😪. The post is here anytime though 😆

Paul
Paul
14 days ago

Babe had more courage than sense… the end i think prepares us for a part 2. I am impressed with Keneth Gyang on this project and thanks to Netflix for giving us this original

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Admin
14 days ago
Reply to  Paul

I am impressed too but unfortunately Kenneth Gyang revealed there will be no sequel 😪😪… According to him, it’s life, shit happens, it doesn’t all have to be rosy. A part of me thinks he’s joking though because I’ll really love a sequel 😪😪

Ines
Ines
14 days ago

I want to choose to believe that he is joking too. He has to give us a sequel

Stephanie Osunkwo
Stephanie Osunkwo
14 days ago

Ok lemme start by saying, the ending vex me kpaaaa danu!!! Like what’s the script writer’s aim… Message passed anyway, overacting at some point but message sent. So what’s my take? Oloture, like this critic says was a brave but senseless person trying to prove a Point… when she found out alot of what she already knew what stopped her from pausing and maybe restrategizing how to get them to book. It then brings me back to the “NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE” as usual for their lackadaisical attitude to taking up an urgent assignment and swinging into action. This was played… Read more »

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Admin
14 days ago

You are right! While she was running alongside Linda’s sister, I was seriously hoping someone or a group will intervene. How do you see a lady getting beat up and do nothing? This is Nigeria! Kudos to Kenneth Gyang for telling this side of our story. Journalism can be a scary profession. In this case, I like that Oloture enjoyed the job and even when she was given an instruction to abort mission, she still persisted. It would have been more infuriating if she wanted to back out and her superior threatened her to continue. Everything was on her accord,… Read more »

Ines
Ines
14 days ago

I feel you Stephanie. It was just mind blowing to see that no bystander could help out. It shows how humanity in our nation has degenerated so bad that everybody just plays “mind your business”. You know, if you raise your voice, you could get killed and indeed, nothing will happen.

Ezeugo 1
Ezeugo 1
12 days ago

Tried my best to avoid this review because of spoilers but you tried not to spoil it that much.👏 Nollywood is coming up. Cinematography is what interest me in any movie asides storyline and they did well. Mo abudu always outdoing herself. A simple GPS would have sufficed. I’ll rate the movie 8/10

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Admin
12 days ago
Reply to  Ezeugo 1

You seee😆😆😆 Amara did a good job at not spoiling it. 8 is a great score.

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