[Movie Review] "Hoodrush" Featuring O.C Ukeje And Ijeoma Grace Agu

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M.Y.: Yo wassap movie freaks! Welcome to Sodas and Popcorn!

Terdoh: Quiet bro. Some of us are trying to unwind.

M.Y.: So I can’t welcome guys to their favourite Nigerian movie review blog again?

Terdoh: Ugh! Can we just review the movie?

M.Y.: Fine…fine. Today, ladies and gentlemen and the Unknown, we’re reviewing Hoodrush!

Terdoh: *straight face* you’re really happy today.

M.Y.: Hey, it’s not every time we find a review worthy Nigerian movie you know. Hoodrush is directed by Dimeji Ajibola and features OC Ukeje as Shez, Bimbo Akintola as Alhaja, Gabriel Afolayana as Tavia , Chelsea Eze as Shakira, and Ijeoma Agu as Kelechi to name a few. It’s basically a story about two brothers Tavia and Shez who are very talented musicians. Trying to make ends meet, they both go down two completely different roads in their methods of becoming successful. Tavia wants to win the grand prize in the prestigious African musical talent hunt show and Shez seeks solace in the hands (and maybe legs) of Alhaja, a rich woman who seems to have more up her sleeves than we can see. The story takes a different turn when Shez makes a dangerous discovery and finds out that…

Terdoh: Eyss Eyss! Don’t tell them the entire movie na! You want to give away spoilers? Don’t worry guys. M.Y. doesn’t talk this much in real life.

M.Y.: Haha! Please. Let’s discuss the script.

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The Script

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M.Y.: This was a very beautiful script filled with lots of suspense, intrigue, emotion and a lil bit of good ol’ action and my least favourite, “the singing”

Terdoh: Ugh! The singing…

M.Y.: In my opinion, this movie would have been perfect with a lot less singing, except for Kelechi’s song to motivate our dear Tavia and then Tavia’s auditioning. There were some flaws also, the sound production was not good enough for me. It was so obvious they were lip synching and you could hardly hear the conversations during the club scenes. Asides these lil flaws, it was a beautiful script.

Terdoh: I think every grown person hates musicals. I grew up watching those gay individuals dancing in the meadows and singing to the skies on Disney and I always thought “What is wrong with this one? You’re owing school fees and you’re there singing.” so I’m not clinically inclined towards musicals. When I heard the movie was a Nigerian musical I automatically wrote it off, but I gotta say, whoever wrote the script really pulled this one off. It had unexpected turns I did not anticipate. But…

M.Y.: But what?

Terdoh: The singing yo…

M.Y.: *rolls eyes*

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The Directing

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M.Y.: Dimeji Ajibola did a great job in this movie. For a relative new comer in the industry he smashed it. The locations, actors, the script, the twists and turns in the story they were all awesomely executed and I will be sure to look out for more of his movies in the future. But I have one lil’ problem sha…

Terdoh: Just one?

M.Y.: Do like Kanye and let me finish. Anyway, I said it before and I am sorry to say it again, some of the songs and performances were not just cool for me, at all. You need proof? Okay, I’ll give you. What the hell was that performance Shez and Alhaja did in the bedroom to appease her for coming home late?

Terdoh: Are we gonna talk about the over acting Negro who I believe didn’t know he won just an audition not the actual African icon competition?

M.Y.: Haha!

Terdoh: There were many awesome scenes though. The flashbacks were beautiful, the sex scenes were top notch, the fight scenes were actually believable, even better than some Hollywood struggle scenes, so yes. Amazing stuff…

M.Y.: Chelsea Eze can’t kiss to save her life though.

Terdoh: I couldn’t disagree less.

M.Y.: Nevertheless good job sir.

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The Acting

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Terdoh: Everyone in this movie put up a really lovely performance.

M.Y.: Yes, but most of all, my best act in this movie was Bimbo Akintola, it’s been long I saw her in any role but seeing her performance in this one reminded me of the lovely ones she’s carried out in the likes of Diamond Ring and Dangerous Twins both movies directed by the legendary Tade Ogidan. She played the role of the villain in this movie, and she did that pretty well.

Terdoh: She was gangsta yo!!!

M.Y.: Her reaction to Shez’s entrance into the club with him and Shakira holding hands was just perfect for me. Big ups to her.

Terdoh: Like I was genuinely scared for Shez’s manhood yo. But on two serious notes, the acting in this movie was as good as you can get from Nollywood. I was expecting much less, so I was impressed. This thing about low expectations…

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Our Verdict

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Terdoh: This is a tough one for me. Imma let you handle this.

M.Y.: I went into the theatre like a soldier just deployed to the war front, heart racing all over the place and for what reason? Just because it is a Nigerian movie…This should not be the case. We should be past the level we are at right now in Nollywood. You guys have got it in you, this movie in my opinion proved that and comfortably earned a Popcorn and Soda from me (please refer to our introductory post for rating systems). I must also note another Nollywood production that impressed me this year; Phoneswap. I laughed from the beginning till the end of the movie. Big ups to Kunle Afolayan for that wonderful job.

Terdoh: So that’s it folks, this is a movie I recommend you watch. Yeah, I’m not saying go with high hopes, but you will be impressed. This movie was amazing.

M.Y.: See you guys next week, when we will be reviewing Skyfall.