Adesua Etomi in Sugar Rush

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Truth be told I was very sceptical about buying the tickets for the movie ‘Sugar Rush, first because it is Nigerian and second…you know the rest.

But check me out now, a former big-time doubting Thomas of Nollywood films turned a fan itching for more of this kind of productions. Need I say that watching Sugar Rush is a decision I dont regret.

Judging by the recent traffic the movie has gathered in short space after its debut on December 25, 2019, I’m guessing you must have seen the trailer. Directed by Kayode Kasum and produced by Jade Osiberu, Sugar Rush is about three sisters and their ailing mother. The trio played by Bimbo Ademoye, Bisola Aiyeola and Adesua Etomi-Wellington have their characteristics a far cry away from each other which makes the movie more interesting. The only thing they have in common is their bloodline.

The movie takes us on a journey of how the sisters come in contact with a large sum of money and end up entangled in a deep heated mess with some Crime Lords and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mere thinking of the scenes in Sugar Rush while writing this review, I am already laughing. Comedy was well delivered! The Characters acted their roles graciously. Asides the three sisters, characters like BB-Naija’s Tobi Bakre, Banky W, Omoni Oboli, Toke Makinwa, and Mawuli Gavor were well aligned in the movie.

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I also commend the graphics and editing that was invested in the movie. Very commendable!

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The end of the movie might be a hard pill to swallow for some die-hard critics because it included a bit of JUJU Magic but overall, It is a good movie.

What did I learn? I can’t even say. I was too busy laughing and trying to get over the habitual display of the girl next to me on the floor being dealt with a burst of uncontrollable laughter.

Hollop! Regardless of Sugar Rush propensity to make you laugh your ass off, it doesn’t mean the movie was all bants, It had serious moments too. I would rate it a 7.5/10



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Now about the current, most talked about Nollywood movie that raked N152M in less than two weeks, unbelievable right? Well speaking of none other but Jadesola Osiberu’s ‘Sugar Rush’

Best believe the movie puts an end to pejorative statements like “I don’t really like Nigerian movies”,  “I can’t spend my money to watch a Nigerian movie”, and blah blah blah…

The movie which stars famous actresses like Bimbo Ademoye, Adesua Etomi-Wellington and Bisola Aiyeola who are referred to as the ‘sugar sisters’ is a perfect blend of upgraded film-making nuances and old school preternatural abilities which was very facile and went down smoothly.

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Anyone looking for a rib-cracking laugh, an idea on what exactly not to do if they stumbled across a million dollars, or how to catch the eye of a money bag in human form should definitely watch Sugar Rush.

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The story centres around three struggling young ladies with a sickly mother who stumbles upon a windfall and are happy their troubles are over. But boom! their money trails lead the money hounds right up to their doorstep. Amid the tribulations to secure their lives, they realize that there is no easy way to come by great wealth unless one was born into it.

Personally, I enjoyed every single statement and action by Bisola Aiyeola who played the character Sola Sugar. Her style was very natural. She was as extra as her character needed to be, as open and giving as a hot babe with dreams of living on Banana Island in a home with a pool needed-to-be, bottom line, she was the backbone of fun in the movie!

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The fusion of culture and modern features was remarkably well done. Nigerian languages and slangs were portrayed nicely. The graphics, photography and cinematography were clean and clear. 


The accident and violent scenes appeared very real. It had the viewers grabbing their armrests while screaming “Yay!”. Scenes like when a cast got literally thrown out of a glass window or smashed into a table looked so real as opposed to previous Nollywood productions where its usually evident that some form of trickery or finagling had been performed.

Sugar Rush without dubiety shows how fast and far Nigeria’s movie industry has improved. It also inspires a thirst for more productions like this: Hilarious acts and suspenseful plots mixed into volatile scenes.

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Of course, there’s always room for improvement. There was a particular scene that was a bit confusing. It was supposed to be funny but it didn’t really come across as funny. If you have watched sure you can recall when two of the sugar sisters were surrounded by dead bodies yet they still had a conversation for nearly 2 minutes. It didn’t seem like something average people who aren’t used to seeing dead bodies would do. It was quite unrealistic.

Also, towards the end, staunch critics might claim the storyline kicked off with the typical Nigerian style which revolves around superstitious acts, disappearance, incantations, and all sorts. However, that is the Nigerian style and besides, it didn’t look too fake. 

The entire movie was composed of many pleasurable scenes. It performs a sufficient job at entertaining the viewers. Overall, Sugar Rush (2019) is a good recommendation, I’ll rate it 90%.

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