BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
93 Days, the Steve Gukas -directed Nigerian Ebola chronicle opens in cinemas today.
The film has stayed in the news since auditions were called for roles in the movie, disappearing briefly only to find a way back into our consciousness when the Adadevoh family issued a disclaimer and distanced themselves from all that had to with 93 Days. The noise surrounding the film doubled as it joined the Nollywood train to Canada l for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
After a big deal of a premiere at a church in Lekki, Lagos, it is time for you to decide if you should walk into the nearest cinema space to watch the film.
Now, here’s why you should.
1. This is a very well-researched biopic. You can see how much effort went into the pre-production of this film.
2. 93 Days was as close to real as possible. Apart from the representation of the actual people involved with actors, almost every other thing about the film is real. The hospital, the quarantine centre, the dispatch ambulance drivers… It takes you back to those gory weeks when it looked like Nigeria was doomed.
3. The film is a beautiful artistically and technically. The selection of the actors and their subsequent delivery makes 93 Days brilliant. Bimbo Akintola was near-flawless in her carriage of Ameyo Adadevoh. Danny Glover‘s presence in the film turns out to not only be a ploy to gain international eyeballs. He brought elegance and finesse into this movie.
4. It’s a big deal of a story told in the most simplest of forms.
5. In a country that barely keeps records, the film is a much-needed documentation for decades to come.
OK, here’s why you probably shouldn’t see the film. It’s very emotional. If you find yourself tearing up at every opportunity or if you actually lost a loved one during those dark days, watching this film might be the most difficult task you will undertake this year.
Fact is, we really need to start making biopics. Good ones. Like 93 Days. And personally, going by the films hitting the screens in the latter part of the year, I’m extremely excited for the next awards season.
Kudos to everyone involved in the film.