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When I saw that this cast contained a mixture of recognizable Hollywwod names such as Isaiah Washington and Vivica A.Fox, and Nollywood stars such as Genevieve Nnaji and Stephanie Okere, I had high hopes for this movie. However, the film turned out to be a big disappointment. I should have suspected that this film was going to be thrash when I saw that it was MTN that financed the movie, an act they kept on reminding us of throughout the movie with their blatant advertisements. One scene actually made me want to throw up.
Washington plays a cancer doctor coming to grips with the the death of his daughter. Adding to his burden, is his alcoholic wife played by Fox who holds her husband responsible for their daughter's death. The good doctor, in his desperate quest to save a boy dying from cancer, meets a Nigerian doctor who has strange healing powers.The Nigerian doctor is Doctor Bello delivered by Jean Louis in an intense performance.
Unfortunately the same cannot be said of Isaiah. Ever since his faux pas on a gay person which led to his being fired from the Grey's Anatomy, Washington has rarely appeared in a movie and it shows. If there was ever an actor sleepwalking in his role, it was Isaiah Washington. His performance was so terrible that I felt myself cringing with sympathetic embarrassment at the man who has shown some competence in other movies such as Out of Time with Clooney and another drama with Eastwood. Vivica A Fox, another Hollywood D list has been was not better.
On the Nigerian side, Genevieve Nnaji the so called Nollywood Queen was not allowed to showcase her talents as an actress. She was almost invisible in her scenes. Unlike Stephanie Okere whose bubbling character made her dominate the screen.
The story itself was apiece of thrash. What started as a poor version of Grey's Anatomy, then escalated to a watered down version of a medical thriller pitting a young doctor against corrupt medical corporations then degenerated into a boring Indiana Joneseque journey of looking for a miraculous healing potion on a Nigerian mountain.
Apart from a hilarious cameo from Jide Kosoko, the film was a waste of two hours. It promised much and delivered less than little.
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