ATM Masters

ATM Masters

ATM Masters – 2011
Story – Oby Udeogalanya
Screenplay – Val Emeka Ejiofor
Director – Bolorunduro Micheal
Producer – Nwawulu Arthur

Starring:
Artus Frank – Tony
Vitalis Ndubuisi – Christopher
Junior Pope Odonwodo – Harry
Nwanyanwu Philip – Joe
Vivian Vion Egbon – Ngozi
Oby Udeogalanya – Ifeoma
Victor Okonkwo – Chibuzor
Patience Siaka – Nelly

Themes:
419
Family Pressure
Gender Roles

NollywoodForever.Com Rating – 60%

Synopsis:

Tony played by Artus Frank is a recent graduate and his family in the village are very proud especially when he returns from the city looking like he is living large. The reality of the matter is that he goes to live in the city with his friend Harry played by Junior Pope, but despite applying for many jobs he cannot find anyone to hire him. It would appear that his credentials are so impressive that employers believe him to be overqualified. After much disappointment in his job search Tony gets involved in 419 and strikes it lucky.  He comes back shortly afterwards to take his brother Chibuzor (Victor Okonkwo) and sister Ifeoma (Oby Udeogalanya) to join him.
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Family Pressure
The family are putting pressure on Chibuzor to find work, as he finished the NYSC six months ago. It is not as though he does not want work but is unable to find it. It is even worse that they revel in Tony’s success without even knowing what he does and calling Chibuzor a failure and treating him badly. This is how children can fall into bad behaviour and illegal activities. They do not focus on how the wealth is gained but simply on the wealth itself.

Gender Roles
The father of the family is adamant that “training a girl in the university is a waste” he hold very old school traditional beliefs about a woman’s role, however Tony does not see it that way and promises to train her. We see the difference in outlooks by generation.

Casting
The movie was well casted. Even the minor characters acted well. I loved the interaction with the girls in the village it was very realistic. I have not seen Oby Udeogalanya in any movie before but she did a great job especially considering that she a new actress.

Nollywood Forever Says What?
Why is Tony rolling around with a Ghanaian flag in his car when he is supposed to be Nigerian? Say What?
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Conclusion:

I would recommend the movie. I enjoyed watching it. The story made sense and it was well acted. I particularly liked the believability of the family interaction. It kind of reminded me of Boy’s Cot but it couldn’t quite top it. I watched part 1 and 2 and the movie didn’t finish so when I watch the sequel I will update.

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