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Weekend Getaway

Weekend Getaway is a 2012 Nigerian romantic drama film directed by Desmond Elliot, starring Genevieve Nnaji, Ramsey Nouah, Monalisa Chinda, Ini Edo, Uti Nwachukwu, Alexx Ekubo, Bryan Okwara, Beverly Naya and Uru Eke. It received 11 nominations and eventually won 4 awards at the 2013 Nollywood & African Film Critics Awards (NAFCA).[3][4] It also received 2 nominations at the 2013 Best of Nollywood Awards with Alex Ekubo eventually winning the award for Best Actor in a supporting role. The film was a box-office success in Nigerian cinemas generally because of its star-studded cast.[5]

Weekend Getaway
Weekend Getaway poster.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Directed by Desmond Elliot
Produced by
  • Emem Isong
  • Ini Edo
  • Monalisa Chinda
Screenplay by
  • Bola Aduwo
  • Kehinde Joseph
  • Uduak Isong
Starring
Edited by Victor Ehi-Amedu
Production
company
Emem Isong Productions
Distributed by
  • Royal Arts Academy
  • Silverbird Distributions
Release date
  • March 29, 2012 (2012-03-29)
[1]
Country Nigeria
Language English
Box office ₦22,895,273 (domestic gross)[2]

CastEdit

Critical receptionEdit

The film was widely met with negative critical reviews. It has a 20% rating on Nollywood Reinvented, who criticized its originality, story and predictability.[6]

Wilfred Okiche of YNaija did an extensive review. He commented that while the star quality was there, they didn't have much of a script to work with. He noted also excessive product placements, poor editing, and bad acting.[7]

NollywoodCritics spoke on the negative correlation of the various story lines and commented "Genevieve is a Secret agent, Ini Edo is a Maid in Manhattan, Monalisa Chinda is a Sugar mummy, Ramsey Noah is from Cinderella Story..."[8][9]

Efe Doghudje of 360Nobs on the other hand gave an average rating of a 6 out of 10 stars, calling the film "cute and kind of funny." The reviewer thought the acting was good in some spots but in many ways not believable. Uti's "scene with Genevieve which was supposed to be smart, witty, sarcastic and sensual lacked such intensity of acts like Jinx and James Bond (Hallie Berry and Pierce Brosnan) or Mr. & Mrs. Smith, secret service agents (spies whichever suits you) with an eye on the prize."[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Movie Premiere of Weekend Getaway". TheNet Ng. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Top 10 Films in Nigeria in 2013 and the worrying trends". Talking Drum Entertainment. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "NAFCA 2013 Nominees". Information Nigeria. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "NAFCA 2013 Winners". Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Weekend Getaway breaks Nigerian Box Office Record". BellaNaija. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Weekend Getaway on Nollywood Reinvented". Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ynaija Review for Weekend Getaway". YNaija. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Weekend Getaway review". Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Weekend Getaway Review". Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Movie Review Weekend Getaway". 360Nobs. Retrieved 10 April 2014.