I have decided to review this movie, not only because it is one of the top grossing movies in the Nigerian film industry, but because it was almost anyone could talk about when it was released in 2017.
10 Days in Suncity is the third installation in the Adventure series of Ayo Makun, Nigeria’s top comedian cum film maker. While this movie has received mixed reactions, the applause has been louder. Was this movie worth the applause it got from viewers? Read further to find out what I think of 10 Days in Suncity.
The storyline for the movie was authentic and relatable. It revolves around a young girl named Bianca (played by Adesuwa Etomi) who is looking to make it big in the beauty world. She has a manager named Akpos (played by Ayo Makun) who is also her lover, and who took her from the obscurity of Warri to partake in a beauty contest organized by Otawi Cosmetics. She wins the pageantry and is whisked away by the CEO of Otawi Cosmetics, Otunba Williams, to Sun City, a resort in South Africa, under the impression of shooting a commercial. His real intention was to lure the girl to bed first by chivalry, and when that did not work, manipulation, bullying and downright violence. Akpos finds himself running against time to save his damsel from the clutches of the predator; this he accomplished with the aid of a man whose girlfriend had also been a victim of Otunba Williams.
The cast was also laudable, seeing as there were a seasoning of Nollywood heavyweights and even a dash of Hollywood B-listers. Bianca was played by Adesuwa Etomi, the most talked about Nigerian actress. Sadly, she did not do much justice to the character she played. Bianca was meant to be an unrefined Warri-bred young girl, but every time Etomi spoke, she fell into her comfortable girl-next-door character.
Akpos, Bianca’s manager and one of the major characters, was played by Ayo Makun himself. He was his usual hilarious self, with his Warri slangs that made me laugh my head off. I think the most hilarious act was when he broke a bottle on the head of an assailant in a typical Waffi (Warri) way.
Otunba Williams was played by Richard Mofe Damijo, popularly known RMD. I must confess that he did justice to the role he played. He was well in character as a rich, dirty older man, who hunts down young girls looking to make it big in the entertainment industry.
There were other appearances like Mercy Johnson, who was her usual over-the-top self, Tu Face Idibia, whose cameo appearance I think was unnecessary, Falz the musician, Alibaba the comedian, and other Hollywood actors.
Cinematography was laudable as well, and the picture quality was A-plus. The scenery did nothing but add to the aesthetic quality of the movie. I was taken on a jolly ride around the Sun City, and it was beautiful, to say the least.
I also like the fact that, there was an infusion of fear in the movie. I was scared for Bianca, while watching the movie and this added an edge-of-the-seat element to an otherwise comedy movie.
However, aside from Akpor’s slangs and the Waffi (Warri) behaviour, there was not much of hilarity in the movie. I found most of the jokes told, to be stale and not laughter-inducing. While the infusion of suspense was commendable, the movie became too serious, where it was only meant to be hilarious.
The only grouse I had with the movie was in its lack of continuity. Seeing as this was a third installation in the Adventure series, I was expecting old faces from 30 Days in Atlanta and A Trip to Jamaica.
In all, it was not a bad attempt from someone who is pretty new in the movie making industry.