I went to see ‘out of luck’ for quite a number of reasons; I had seen the trailer sometime which thought it was ‘dope’ and for the cast which I thought was brilliant, also to compensate myself for not seeing the department and when love happens which were blockbusters that happen to have been produced by the same person as ‘out of luck’ and lastly because I had read that the ‘screenplay was brilliant with no loose ends’, a remark that sparked my interest since i recently started working on my first script and I thought I could learn a thing or two.
The movie revolves around a young lottery operator (Tope Tedela) and his girlfriend (Linda Ejiofor) as their lives are turned upside down when a local gangster (Femi Branch) insists he be paid out on a lottery he did not win. Their attempt to pay the gangster takes them on a thrill ride from the slums of Lagos Island to the mansions of Ikoyi and back again. This movie has what I may call an ensemble cast with each actor being as brilliant and important as the other, Niyi Johnson (which i hadn’t known till this movie) and Chigurl did justice with comic relief while Femi Branch, the notable villain stood out for me. The direction by Niyi Akinmolayan was as good as it could get though the last faceoff scene could have been better executed. The screenplay which was written by Chinaza Onuzo was also not bad with ‘no loose ends’ but I didn’t quite get how you pass on your admission into a university like UI to your brother – This was a Katniss Everdeen move but this time, for something good. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but even if this happens or has ever happened, the story could have at least done a little explaining, making it more believable and how in heaven will a Nigerian go back to a bar in the slum with his rich brother when he knows his biggest problem is still very much at large and frequents there? That felt cheesy. Then again I don’t know whose fault this is but the scene showing the admission forfeiture had the brothers looking like kids too young to be considering university admission. The picture quality was smooth just like majority of ‘New Nollywood’ films but the sound quality wasn’t as good and the camera shots were shaky.
Overall this movie was quite interesting but would have been better if just a little more attention was given to a few minor details. Average viewers may not necessarily point out the minor faults in the movie so if you still haven’t seen it, try, it is worth your money.