New on Netflix is Oloture, a Nigerian crime-drama which deserves all the attention and commands it in all the right ways. The film is dark, realistic and almost never strays from what is important – precisely why it is probably one-of-a-kind. I have not been exposed to too many Nigerian films but this one definitely has left me wanting more. The film is directed by Kenneth Gyang and the screenplay is written by Yinka Ogun and Craig Freimond.
This is a disclaimer because Oloture has gone lengths and beyond to uphold the ugly undercurrent of exploitation in the world of prostitution and human trafficking. This is not for the ones that get anxious at dark and gritty details but definitely an important film which needs to be watched by all.
The cinematography needs to be applauded for – it instantly transports you to that world of cheap alcohol, scary, murky bars and pubs, where you can smell the smoke and the liquor from all the vicious, aggressive and sordid men. It is a scary world and Oloture has a perfect team of cinematographers who have brought out each and every aspect in full measure.
Oloture has a unique way of creeping on you and making you forget that this is fiction, it is so real and so uncompromising. The message is clear and straight from the damn shoulder. This story shows some horrifying details from the world of prostitution and how human trafficking has left an indelible mark on humanity.
Horrifying and real
So, what is Oluture all about? Oluture is a titular film where our protagonist is a young journalist who goes undercover to dig out some imperative truths concerning the world of prostitution and human trafficking. She is brave, determined and nothing deters her from uncovering all that she is here for.
What I find giving Oloture credit for definitely has to be how the story takes you beyond the apparent observations. It goes deep into the story, into the cause, and never takes a step back when it comes to unflinchingly show us what it is about to offer. It gets straight to the storyline and sometimes, it becomes too much to take it all in because the narration, along with the cinematography, is harsh and ghastly too.
There are plenty of nail-biting moments in the film, with Oloture taking over as an undercover prostitute accompanied by women in the flesh trade. As our protagonists keep up with the double role, trouble brews more and more. It keeps you hooked and makes you want to know more about all the contrived vices that go on in the business.
The protagonist is played by Sharon Ooja, she delivers a laudable performance as Oloture. The supporting cast, albeit some cliches, also provide above-decent performances. As we tend to reach the end of the film, there are moments where you’ll wonder about the reason behind such strong realism. Maybe because Nollywood has consistently churned out productions which spoke of prostitution and human trafficking, this specifically wants to set a benchmark with the cinematography.
Watch it, but fair warning, this might seem disturbing for the faint-hearted. Oloture does not have a pleasant story to share and the cinematography has just complimented the same thought. It looks like a promising film and at times also shows that it was probably made on a humble budget. Barring those gritty, dark and uncomfortable shots, Oloture definitely has potential and you need to give this a shot if it aligns with content you prefer to watch. The subject and theme is important and should not be overlooked. However, at portions, you might feel as though there is repetition of the same narrative but that is not too overwhelming either.
Oloture is streaming on Netflix.
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