In the Nigerian Movie Industry, there is a cliché that every Christian movie is “Mount Zion Films Production”, but that fallacy would soon be something to be glad about even if no movie can fully explore a subject.
Some time ago I was opportuned to watch what I term the “Best Produced” Mount Zion Movie I have watched in a while: “THE IGNITION”.
STORYLINE: The Ignition the story of a Christian bachelor with a faulty car, Shola (Damilola MikeBamiloye) who falls in love and gets engaged with Ngozi (Chioma Nwangwu) an epileptic Christian sister of a different tribe. It was a smooth ride until her ailment becomes the constant potholes he has to endure while friends and public opinions are bumps that come against his faith and convictions.
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Christian
Directed By: Joseph Yemi Adepoju
Written and Produced By: Damilola Mike-Bamiloye
Director of Photography and Sound: Joshua Mike-Bamiloye
Edited: Kunle Odekunle
Executive Producers: Mike and Gloria Bamiloye
Runtime: 1 hr. 53 min.
PRODUCTION: Mount Zion Films Production.
AS A CHRISTIAN: I was pleased with the fact that we could come
from a different perspective with respect to storytelling and we could fill the void that that exist in the industry as regards relationship and not be silent about what affects virtually most singles and married couples. I was glad that MZFP could step the bars higher and giving Christian writers, film makers and actors the motivation to look up to excellence as a culture. I can’t go without noting the fact that Mike and Gloria Bamiloye have done a great job grooming their children to be professionals of higher standards in this generation. It goes a long way to show posterity and futuristic projection.
As a LOVER OF GOOD MOVIES: I was really impressed by the production, scene arrangement for the sake of suspense and funny lines and acts, use of casts, subtitles and translations were perfect, picture quality, lights, and soundtrack background music and of importance was the fact that the story line was funny without losing content or going draggy, there was beauty in the simplicity of the cover photo and when you watch it, you will see how the name is a perfect embodiment of the movie. It was really funny. I laughed a lot… I also had some emotional time too.
AS A CRITIQUE: I think MZFP should change their intro. It can be better. The scene at Alfred’s (Damola Salako) house, where Wilson (Richard Omidiwura) got news that his house was on fire: Edit in and reality of story was too plastic. First it was “Channel TV”s on the screen, then a call after their discussion, then a switch in newscaster voice and this time a news station on TV without a Logo? The borders of the munched Video placed on the screen didn’t fit into the screen of the TV properly and the camera wasn’t static so it was easy for a critic to easily see the flaw in the editing. He would have just gotten a call or simply done a breaking news rollover on screen… it was unrealistic for a Nigerian TV Station to stop a scheduled program just to show a fire incident live, as if they knew there was going to be a fire outbreak.
The next scene (Work Place) was also too unrealistic: How can your house be razed by fire totally by “your wife” and you will be at work next day? Who does that? Considering the emotional trauma you should be going through even for your child. And where did he even get the cloth to come out the next day? Anyway, Dry-Cleaners help us save some shirts I assume.
Ngozi’s brothers (Father Pentecost and Emmanuel Nwabueze) should have done better with their use of the Igbo language; they weren’t so convincing… aside her father (Mike Arubuike) who really portrayed what an Igbo man looks like. I must also ask what they are doing in the village. Their dressing in as much as they want to portray Igbo, which has been done through the sound track should at least be recent. It’s just like having ladies tie wrapper around their waist and breast nowadays.
After the breakup between Shola and Ngozi, The time frame wasn’t indicated for us to know how long it took her to move on. And the getting back together of Wilson and his Wife I think should not have been on the phone. I have some issues I term “personal” and would need some reasons and answers to: Daniel (Kayode Babalola) said “when I saw her, I knew she was the one”.
So the question becomes: Is there ”A one”? Or is there “The One”? In the issue of marriage and I ”Personally” think marriage is a “choice” affair and that the only thing you must make sure of is that the person is born again… any other thing is the person ' choice. And I am not also questioning God’s power to heal, but how logical is it for a pastor to advice someone to marry an epileptic hinging it on the fact that he married an S.S (Sickle Cell) Patient.
Like I said, no movie can fully explore a subject, that’s why there is always a benchmark of excellence to reach and a hurdle of expertise to surmount. It was a beautiful movie; I laughed, learnt, got ministered to and had a great time even as I wait for my own relationship, I hope she finds me… or I find her… (you need to see me smiling) You should also check it out too…
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