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White Waters...finally out!

Discussion in 'AFRICAN MOVIE REVIEWS' started by moviewizard, May 23, 2008.

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  1. moviewizard

    moviewizard Well-Known Member

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    Yes there is a strike and no movie is being released in the market for now but i was able to grab a newly released copy of White Waters at Numetro stores at La palms shopping mall in Lekki and would post reviews when i see. This is the second amstel malta box office movie after Sitanda and i believe in these guys...they have a standard that is beyond the reg..
     
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    No be only idumota/iweka rd boys dey strike?
    I'm sure that has nothing to do with Nu-metro or project nollywood guys and shouldn't prevent them from releasing their movies.
     
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    BTW,what is Dove Media doing these days,mw?
     
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    Hmm..cant wait!

    I havent seen the last one o(what was it called again?) and i havent seen Sitanda still-does anyone know how i can get hold of them, biko?
     
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    I HAVE WATCHED!!! And what can I say but that it is WORTH the watching. White Waters is good. All the characters did good, Joke's acting was phenomenal (as could only be expected I guess), the coach did very well and that "massive" guy, well maybe I should say his acting was "masive". Dem try.
    The Locations Manager should be applauded. I don't know whether any better locations would've suited the film White Waters than that of Nassarawa & Plateau states which they used. Come see BEAUTIFUL sceneries.
    Abeg let me not go on and on untill others have watched & I will leave the synopsis to MW I guess but ME I LIKE White Waters.
     
  6. proudlyifreke

    proudlyifreke NR Sports Analyzer 2008

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    Moviewizard,u better run come post the review here or else...!!!
     
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    cnt wait 2 watch it
     
  8. moviewizard

    moviewizard Well-Known Member

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    I really havent heard anthing about them, not even in the media. Ever since Ope Banwo one of the top shots got sacked,the story of Dove became history. Maybe they had other problems to deal with that we do not know of.
     
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    moviewizard Well-Known Member

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    U mean Sitanda? If you dont get them in any of those movies stores i bet the only solution is to send someone who is coming to naija to buy it...but i want to believe u should be able to get it, so many peeps abroad bought it.
     
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    moviewizard Well-Known Member

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    I finally watched this film (yes film, its a film not a home movie) and i was blown away, for someone who has seen too many cut and join productions, it becomes so hard to resist the feel of this wonderful picture.

    WHITE WATERS

    Produced by: Amstel Malta Box Office
    Directed by: Izu Ojukwu (numero uno)
    Stars: Rita Dominic, Joke Silva and OC Ukeje (winner of Amstel malta box office 2)

    Storyline: Melvin is dim, slow and finds it hard to pass his exams to the extent that his younger ones get ahead of him. His step father considers any more money spent on him as a waste of money cos to him he is a failure and so he backs his hands off little melvin. Melvin's mother in a bid to save her marriage takes melvin to the village to stay with his grand mother (Joke Silva). Despite his inadequacy, melvin's grandma loves her first grandchild. melvin then lived all his life in the village, dropped out of school all cos he couldnt cope. Most of the time when a child fails to measure up, there is either a psychological or emotional problem, any of which could have been as a result of weaknesses in their parents or the way they were handled at those impressionable periods of their lives. Things weak children need are acceptance, love and gradual push that could make them become confindent by the day which in turn makes them grow into a better person of their own.
    The coach of the athletic team in the local community is
    able to spot the real talent in Melvin even though no one does, he convinces the others and gives Melvin the grand shot at fame and fortune,though its not easy and Melvin is forced to also learn that success is a gradual process and every man will fall inorder to rise again in the pursuit of it.



    VERDICT: This movie was touching, the message came across, Izu has gone haywire with this one and i hope he gets better by the day. If you are looking for regular nollywood faces asides Joke Silva (who did brilliantly) and Rita Dominic (who didnt let down as usual) then u are not gonna get them as the other actors are relatively unknown and they gave good accunts of themselves.
    Melvin was played by Oc Ukeje who won the second edition of the reality shw after Azizat Sadiq and this was the movie that won him Best Upcoming actor at AMAA and he deserves it...i like the fact that every thing about this movie was unique, not ur usual nollywood stuff. Some of the shots were breathtaking and this is a collector's item.
    The movie was shot in the mountains surrounding the waterfall Farin Ruwa, in Nassarawa State of Nigeria.

    A MUST WATCH!!!!
     
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    I have saved some screen captions and would upload it later today or tommorow.
    The movie to watch now is White Waters, its the best Naija production in a long long while...
     
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    Sounds like a Forest Gump excerpt...Will look forward to it though...
     
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    proudlyifreke NR Sports Analyzer 2008

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    With Izu Ojukwu directing,even if it is Amaka Ugala,Fred Ibiote,Emeka Uzo and Angela Essien that acted there,you know can look forward to it! lol
     
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    MW,expect me for ur house!
     
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    You are welcome!
     
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    ddizzle Aunty!

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    Will check it out abeg my cali folks where i fit buy naija movie for here....
     
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    I have watched this movie like seven times already and i keep loving it. Am sure it would get to the market proper when their "strike" is over. I cant remember when last i got hooked to a naijamovie like this one to the extent of watching over and over....am addicted!
    I tried uploading the screencaptions i saved but it wont go...said something like images too big or so...i uploaded them on my blog and here is link
     
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    moviewizard Well-Known Member

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    No one has seen?

    So no one has seen this beautiful movie yet? Its already in major stores everywhere so am wondering why. Hello somebody!
     
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    moviewizard Well-Known Member

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    Loneliness gets a drop of White Water

    Here is another review on white waters i found, although i dont quite agree with some stuffs, i just think its unfair to be heavily harsh on a movie that fills so many vaccum that our very popular movies empty. I think regardless of its few flaws its an incredible movie and i still dont know why no one has seen this. It might seem discouraging reading a review like this but its also good to know that people have diverse opinions and think deeper than the other and some people just critique just based on that fact and so they must find fault even where there is none...so guys here is the review



    Loneliness has a new name, Melvin Williams (O.C Ukeje), is rejected by his parents because of his inability to ‘pass’ in school.

    He was sent to his grandmother (Joke Silva), in Amori village, and, over the years, shuttling to the village Doctor to get his Grandma’s Asthma drugs helped develop a gift which he would, under the mentorship of Coach Samson (Kpt Tony Akpom), harness to become a champion, something definitely new to him.

    Withdrawn, meek and mute, until he is gradually brought out of his shell by Nolah (Rita Dominic), a long jumper, whose encouraging words and ‘secret place’ gives him the mental release to face the world and overcome reproach and rivalry from Banji (Alex Jibril), a cocky star sprinter who wants to get Nolah by any means.

    An underdog/sports/romance/coming of age drama, Director Izu Ojukwu does a good job piecing together the different fabrics of these genres to make a decent movie.

    Making use of a relatively new cast mixed with the experience of the ever golden Joke Silva, and Rita Dominic who was miscast for her role because she plays a long jumper since she doesn’t exactly look athletic. O.C Ukeje impresses in creating a lovable protagonist, he justifies his Amstel Malta Box Office crown in his first lead role here.

    Save for his slight but noticeable northern accent, Alex Jibril’s portrayal of the arrogant Banji, a Yoruba (deducing from the name) was nice. A simple story about determination and overcoming stereotype and rejection, White Water is message-laden but the screenplay could have been better.

    While a decent sports movie should be a first around here, White Water plays out like the typical Hollywood underdog story, complete with the girl, the rivalry, the victory and a whole lot of predictability, except with little humour, save for the scene where girls were mimicking Banji at the sports centre.

    It was obvious from the moment he ran his first race that Melvin was going to become a champion, if we had to wait an hour to see it happen, it had better been worth it.

    Within that hour, Melvin, unwanted in the group, is set up to have stolen from Nolah by Banji, who feels threatened because she is attracted to Melvin. It is all too obvious that Banji must have been responsible for that.

    Shot in the environs of Nassarawa and Plateau states, a location which gives it its award-winning cinematography, the ambience is beautiful and the picture is truly crisp and breathtaking.

    But while it is rightly rewarded by AMAA as the best cinematography, White Water doesn’t get it all right.

    The local government sports centre, where most of the races take place, looks like a secondary school with a big field and no sports facility, not something the local government Chairman should be proud of, and expects results from a national sports festival.

    Most of the athlete extras were just jumping up and down, doing nothing really. The use of a real sports centre with real athletes, really training, could have redeemed that. The D-days, the states and national sports festivals, where all the local governments in the state and subsequently all the states in the federation meet should be a somewhat big event that should at least attract a little crowd.

    The state championship was so sparsely populated, that even school inter-house sports competitions pull more crowd than that. The National Sports Festival also suffered, although a bit less, in this regard, a closer look would discover that two separate footages of the spectators were used.

    You can see spectators leaving the stadium when Coach Samson is celebrating Melvin’s victory in a race that would crown the winner the ‘fastest man in Nigeria.’

    These may, however, be forgiven as challenges of shooting a live action sports event. But when the stadium announcer introduces Banji as Banji Odukoya, while the television displays his name as Banji Bello, one feels low of a movie that won the AMAA for best Sound.

    White Water doesn’t really depart from the stereotype ‘Nollywood’ romance movie but goes a step further to include ingredients of other untapped genres.

    Coupled with the beauty of the Farin Ruwa waterfalls and Massange and Ampidon villages, this movie seems to kick-start a new era in the Nigerian movie industry, an era where new, untapped horizons in film are explored like Izu Ojukwu does here.
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  20. ddizzle

    ddizzle Aunty!

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    bros i never watch am o...i go order am today no vex..
     
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