DELIVERY BOY MOVIE REVIEW
By Morris Abdul Newton
Dir: Adekunle Adejuyigbe
Starring: Jammal Ibrahim, Jemima Osunde, Charles Etubiebi, Jude Chukwuka, Chris Iheuwa, Kehinde Fasuyi.
Many times we wait and wait for something that will blow our minds in Nollywood and then end up with nothing worthwhile after a good long time of hustle. Blockbusters and big-budget movies stroll along and exit with limp feels on the audience. At the moment, I’m sure a good number of the audience has learned not to put their trust in those so-called big budget movies anymore. If it comes, it comes. What we might have to do now though is probably just look on to certain names to deliver on quality, even without the big budgets. We will also only hope that these few get the kind of budget these other folks delivering disasters are privy to.
Having written the end of this piece, let’s now start from the very beginning. Having won some awards and aired on many festivals across the continent and globe, ‘Delivery boy’ finally hits the big screen.
Adekunle Adejuyigbe also known as Nodash; writer and director of the film and his Something Unusual Studios, finally decided it was time to let everyone who has a bit of cash view his piece. This film was touted as “the best thing to have come out of Nigeria”, “something totally different”, “Not the regular Nollywood movie” etc. My people, mouth had been made and the challenge was very well accepted.
The synopsis is as follows;
Amir, a young orphan raised in an extremist group, runs away on the eve of a suicide mission, taking his bomb vest with him. He has a mission of his own.
He runs into Nkem, a young prostitute escaping a lynch mob for a crime committed while trying to get money to save her dying brother who is lying helpless in the hospital.
Before the night is over, whilst being hunted, they traverse the underbelly of the Nigerian metropolis as they search for their identities, their stolen pasts, money, and any semblance of peace they can find.
So armed with this idea of what I was going to see, I strolled to the cinema to watch the film deliver or stumble on its promise. Hmmm…
Let’s just say, I think Nodash has done better with the quality of pictures he delivers as a Director of Photography rather than as a director and DOP at the same time. We might say that the pictures tally with the kind of movie ‘Delivery boy’ was meant to be but that wasn’t all that mattered. We’ve had monstrous cinematography from him to assure me that he could have done better with this one. That notwithstanding, it was still standard.
True to its promise, ‘Delivery boy’ had a refreshing story. Something very different from the stories we tell on a regular in Nollywood and the story still found it’s very Nigerian/world roots. It’s pretty important to tell our stories, right? With issues plaguing the world nowadays dealt with in an entertaining and conscious manner, I couldn’t help but stay engaged for the sixty-plus minutes in which the movie ran.
The new actor on the scene, Jammal Ibrahim, alongside the more popular ones did justice to the acting bit. In truth, there wasn’t a dull moment with them. The deathly stare and purposefulness in the eyes of Amir (Jammal Ibrahim), the poignant battle that Kazeem (Charles Etubiebi) brought and the sassiness and vulnerability delivered by Nkem (Jemima Osunde) left us with much to savor in this sad tale of terrorism, indoctrination and abuse. Kudos to the fact that the actors made it as engaging as it was supposed to be. Even the language use was exceptional, unlike in some other movie I had seen earlier this year. Except for minor lapses here and there, this film delivered in the acting department.
The sound wasn’t as dodgy as the average flick around here delivers. It was as a matter of fact fair. And so it seemed that the most important deliverables were adequately catered for.
What I liked and disliked most about the Delivery boy was how short it was. The movie was so tight on story that it was over just as it began. Sort of heartbreaking. It was like taking a man’s life when it is sweetest to him. The good thing is that the film still adequately ran its cause.
Despite its not so large budget input, this one delivered on its deliverables and I love it. The hype wasn’t for nothing.