Editor: Eric Aghimien (Spike)
Visual Effects: Eric Aghimien
Special Effects, Make-Up and Prosthetics: Hakeem ‘Effect’ Onilogbo
Line Producer: Christian Mordi
Music/Original Music: Bez, Kuvu, Bondo, Jon Oogah/Freeman Okafor
Production Designer: Hakeem Onilogbo and Godwin Aghimien
Producer: Eric Aghimien
Executive Producer: Banji Adesanmi and Eric Aghimien
Director: Eric Aghimien
Imoudu ‘DJ Moe’ Ayonete
Distribution Company: Hills Pictures
Date Released: September 2016
Language: English and Pidgin English(Subtitled in English)
Slow Country tells the story of a homeless teenage mother, who sought refuge in the arms of a drug kingpin, just so she could be able to cater for her son. The kingpin ushers her into the underground world of prostitution and drug trafficking. However, she is soon faced with a serious dilemma when she gets fed up…and tries to break free.
Kome (Ivie) is ready to do whatever it takes to cater for her son Peter (Adebayo). With the help of a ruthless drug kingpin Tuvi (Sambasa), Kome and her best friend Ola (Gina) gets drawn into prostitution and drug trafficking. The pay is quite good. And all seems to be rosy at first; until the ghost of memories past catches up with her.
Her ex-boyfriend Osas (Tope) suddenly shows up, after 7 years of abandoning her. He is now an NYSC corps member teaching in Peter’s school and class, in particular. Osas tries to win back Kome’s heart. But fails at each attempt.
During a deal, Tuvi gets into a brief row with a fellow drug dealer Brasko (Brutus). As he is clearly angered by Brasko’s advances towards Kome. Meanwhile, after several tries and pleas, Kome finally reconciles with Osas. She pleads with Tuvi to allow her leave the underworld, and start a new life. But Tuvi refuses to grant Kome’s plea.
Soon, an angry Tuvi gets to find out about Osas, and consequently rough-handles him. He accuses Osas of trying to make Kome leave the underworld.
At this point, it dawns on an enraged Tuvi that he would not only have to fight off Brasko’s advances towards Kome, but also that of the love-struck Osas, even if it means killing both of them….
I was very impressed with the amount of work put into the props and set design. Every prop in virtually every scene, captured the essence of that particular scene, especially the firearms and ammo used. The set designs were quite impressive. From the scenes in Brasko’s den where the old damaged cars littered the landscape, to the scenes at the abandoned factory where virtually everything around you could literally be used as a weapon. They all lent further credence to the film’s gritty nature. Kudos to the Production Designer.
Tope Tedela showed once again why he deserved to win the best actor at the AMVCA 2014 awards. He played his character Osas with zest. You could literally empathize with Osas, as he struggled to win back Kome, bond with his son Peter, and bravely fight Tuvi to a standstill. Tope Tedela is a great actor!
Majid Michel put up a decent performance, as the throat cancer suffering cop Inspector Dave, who just couldn’t get his hands off cigarettes, for even a minute.
Ivie Okujaye-Egbo wasn’t at her best on this one. This movie was centered around her character Kome. But Sambasa took the shine off her. If she had brought in her premium game on this one, she definitely would have shared the spotlight with Sambasa. Her lines were a bit drawn and slow paced, for an action film; especially in the scene were Kome was being asked by Inspector Dave and Inspector Ogbonna (Victor Eriabie) to snitch on Tuvi. However, I heard she was pregnant at the time this movie was being filmed. So….
The scene were Inspector Dave gives the drug peddler, Charger (Emmanuel Ilemobayo) a hot chase down the streets, was so shaky, it could give an epileptic person an instant seizure, or even cause vertigo. Someone could turn cross-eyed from watching that scene. That scene literally hurt my eyes, man! Lol! It was the only cinematographic blot to the great motion picture that Slow Country is.
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