Muna

2019

3/5

Summary

Muna’s desire to provide a better life for herself and grandmother leads to shady characters that will change the trajectory. She lands into the hands of traffickers. The experience turns her once golden heart into one driven by stone-cold revenge on those who stole her innocence. In her grand plan, love was never on the agenda. When secrets and betrayal complicate her strategy, she has a tough decision to make.

Production: KevStel Productions

Direction: Kevin Nkem Nwakwor

Starring: Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Adam Huss, Robert Miano, Onyeka Onwenu, Gold Ikpomwosa, Onyeka Onwenu, Folarin Falana (Falz

Release Date: 6 December 2019 (Nigeria)

Genre: Action

Run time: 83 mins

Rating: 3/5

Review

The movie produced and directed by Kevin Nkem Nwankwor features VIPs in the Hollywood industry like Adesuwa Etomi-Wellington, Adams Huss, Robert Miano, Onyeka Onwenu, Ebele Okaro, Sharon Ifedi, Mayling NG, Steve Wilder, and Nigerian rapper, Falana Folarin aka Falz amongst others.

The movie was shot in Los Angeles, she had earlier teased the release of the movie on her social media handle. Banky Wellington on the other hand, who is her husband even teased about the movie sharing that he can’t wait to watch the movie till end.

Muna is shot both in Nigeria and the USA. The Nigerian bit had every bit of the Nigerian DNA while the American bit was every way low budget American. Funny enough, the moment the movie switched from Muna being little and in Nigeria to Muna all grown up and abroad, the problems the movie experienced really then started.

 

The acting was not as bad as the leads. Adesua Etomi playing Muna and Adam Huss playing her love interest, Tony, did well, but they did suffer and stutter intermittently due to the quality of the others on display. The portion where Muna met Tony at a bar was a bit of a letdown. It was too direct and unnatural a scene and that in itself was a problem. How can one walk into a bar in all of the forms of a disguise and just walk up to the target? It makes no sense.

There were also many other issues that led to problems in this movie. For instance, the point where Muna hijacked a taxi was absolutely unnecessary and contrived. There was no reason. And even when later on, the filmmakers tried to use it, it didn’t rule out that the scene never made sense.

This movie lied with its trailer and didn’t deliver the supposed tricks and thrills it offered in there. Muna didn’t use those sweet skills displayed. The sword moves in her training were not used for anything. It was just training. Eye candy to leave us salivating and get us to the cinemas.

Editing was also weak. A lot of it was cringe-worthy with disjointed portions of the movie rife. The sound was bad and the soundtrack was worse. The dialogue was mighty corny and sometimes vague. There were times that they sounded great but few and far between.

I think the number one problem with this movie is the haphazard nature of its own creation. A lot of it comes across as inorganic. Many things were not followed through as they should have, therefore there was really nothing deep about the movie. The audience could tell.

Meanwhile, there have been social media reactions about the movie, it’s quite thrilling and has a lot to be expected from it.

‘Muna’ unveils Nigeria’s first action sequel which is in collaboration with Hollywood.

The plot of the movie entails how she ‘Muna’ was abducted at a very young age and sold to slavery, it’s easy to figure that the sequel passes a message to.

It follows the protest to halt against ‘Human Trafficking’

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