Journey To Self: Fruitful Or Pointless!

Review by Augusta Okon

journey to self
Movie Title : Journey to Self
Cast: Ashionye Michelle Raccah, Katherine Obiang, Nse Ikpe Etim, Dakore Egbuson Akande, Tosin Sido
Director: Tope Oshin Ogun
Genre: Drama

Five friends… a childhood bond… the sudden death of one… puzzling letters left by the dead… thorns in the flesh each secretly endures… sets each on a journey to self. Uche’s (Tosin Sido of The Figurine; Araromire, Tinsel) death, causes the remaining quartet, Alex (Dakore Egbuson Akande), Rume (Katherine Obiang), Nse (Nse Ikpe Etim of Phone Swap, Mr & Mrs), Regina (Ashionye Michelle Raccah (Doctor’s Quarters, Tinsel) to converge at her house. The dead through her trusted housekeeper leaves series of letters, which subtly unveils what they fear most in their faces.

Regina suffers domestic violence meted on her by her husband played by kalu Ikeagwu. Alex out of fear of being alone indulges her younger boyfriend played by Chris Attoh (Single and Married, Tinsel) who capitalizes on her weakness and manipulates her into carrying out his biding. Rume grapples with the fact that her husband is gay, Nse clothes herself with the workaholic garment to cover her barrenness. The dead also reveals her loveless marriage, which bound her with chains of sorrow and pain. Tempers fray with head on accusations and counter accusations missiles being launched intermittently at concerned parties as the Journey to self soon becomes an onerous task…

The movie boldly attempts to unveil the challenges faced by the women folk via the experiences of these friends such as domestic violence, matured spinsters dilemma, childlessness in marriage, shocking revelations in marriage, and the life of a wife in a matrimonial cage. Picture quality, editing, and sound track (which gratefully popped up during a lulling period) met one’s expectation, but its directing executed by Tope Oshin Ogun (Till death do us part) was pleasantly wry.

The dominant use of the interior in shooting scenes rather than a fine blend of interior and exterior, the over stretchy focus on certain scenes, intermittent absurd delivery of letters by the housekeeper which sets them on the journey to self, the bland moments, the low level of creativity used in interweaving the scenes to holistically form the story, sadly equates the movie to a half baked chocolate tart!.

Rating : 2
Rating Guide :
5 : Classic
4: Very Good
3 : Good
2: Fair

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