Phone Swap Nigerian Movie Review
Date of Released: Not Yet Released (2012 sometime)
Story/ Screenplay – Kemi Adesoye
Director/ Producer – Kunle Afolayan
Wale Ojo – Akin
Nse Ikpe-Etim – Mary
Lydia Forson – Gina
Joke Silva – Mama Akin
Ada Ameh – Cynthia
Afeez Oyetoro – Alex
Village Vs City Life
NollywoodForever.Com Rating – 96%
Akin played by Wole Ojo is in a rush to make a company conference in Abuja after finding out about it at the last minute. Mary too (Nse Ikpe Etim) too is in a rush to visit her family in the village in Owerri. Her sister has been terrorising her husband and her father has called an urgent family meeting which she has been summoned to attend. Akin and Mary bump into each other in the airport and in the mêlée accidentally swap each others identical phones. This leads to a mix up with their destinations after they each receive text messages for the other with regards to where each is heading to. As a result of the swap, they agree to help carry out each other’s missions, armed with the information and data on each other’s phones. However this proves to be harder than imagined as new obstacles and complications rise at every turn as they both struggle in adapting to their new environments. Mary has to represent Akin in a company meeting while Akin has to represent Mary in her family meeting and so the adventure begins with hilarious results.
Afeez Oyetoro plays Alex and is hilarious and the bumbling employee who can’t keep his mouth shut. Nse Ikpi Etim did an excellent job as Mary and did justice to every facet of Mary’s character. One scene after she found out her boyfriend was married was particularly emotional. Nse dug deep and really channelled the emotions of a heartbroken women. All the expression was held in her eyes and it was a powerful moment. It must be said that the whole cast did a great job, even the minor characters like Mary’s twin brothers really added to the movie. There wasn’t a weak link.
There is major product placement in the movie courtesy of Glo and Blackberry. The blackberry one is not so noticebale as you see folk flashing and showing off their blackberries in virtually every Nollywood movie out today, but the Glo was screaming bright yellow “WE PAID FO THIS SHIT!” all over the place. Of course the movie would look better without it, but if that is the only way we are to get brilliant movies like this then so be it.
(if you see it you will get it)
Mama Akin asks Mary,
“What do you do for a living?”
“I mek clothes.”
“Oh a fashion designer? Fabulous!”
I loved Mama’s positivity, when any other rich woman would be lamenting that her son has brought home a common tailor, she really saw the good in everything about Mary, even when Mary could not see it in herself.
In an eating scene with Mary’s family Akin asks,
“Do you have any cutlery?”
This was hilarious! Even as I was sitting there I was laughing at the anticipation of what the reaction would be considering they were all launching into the food whole heartedly and rolling amala enthusiastically with their fingers and this prissy boy was expecting someone to bring him knife and fork for amala!
Nollywood Forever Says What?
How did Mary end up in Abuja and Akin in Lagos? Say What? At the ticket desk they both asked for and were seemingly given tickets to Owerri. Say What? So what gives?
While dining out Mama Akin says “why don’t we order?” *BINGO* drinks come over before they order. Say What?
In conclusion I would say that this is movie is one to watch for. I absolutely loved it. Lemme say that again I LOVED THIS MOVIE. It was funny, it was witty, it was heart warming and more. I would encourage you all to go and see it in the cinema when it comes out as well as to pick it up when it comes out on general release. I enjoyed it immensely. This is a movie that can definitely compete on an international playing field. I heard comments from some people that they thought that it went on too long. I would have to disagree. I enjoyed it so much that I didn’t want it to end. The acting was great, I loved the story and the music was effectively used in making characters and scenes stand out. The cinematography was brilliant with crisp pictures and scenes well shot. The editing was on point without the usual Nollywood habit of dragging out of scenes. The viillage and city scenes were nicely juxtaposed and there was a lesson to be learnt MONEY ISN’T EVERYTHING! (well that is it in short) Akin had all the money he desired but didn’t have a fulfilling family life whereas in Mary’s case it was the opposite and she had a happier life than Akin himself grew envious of. In short THUMBS UP!
NB: This movie is still in the post-production stages and not on general release yet so what you watch may differ slightly from what I watched. Whatever you do watch though I can guarantee that you will LOVE IT, and if you don’t then there is something wrong with you. Nolly has spoken