Bassey (Banky W) from a wealthy Igbo family has everything in life already planned for him by his parents but he seems to have other plans of his own. After his studies abroad, he returns to Nigeria on the order of his father to take over the family business and settle down with a pre-arranged girl from another wealthy family to solidify his family’s business empire. But a rebel in him defies all these plans and tries everything he could to frustrate his father’s authorities on many things.
And when it was time for a year compulsory youth service, his father ensures he is posted to Bauchi with a conviction that the tough life he’s going to face up north, in a terrain he’s not conversant with, would tough him and make him have a rethink.
But on the contrary, the outcome of his father’s experiment on him shocks Bassey himself and even the daddy. But the audience would enjoy every moment of it for even the dad declares ‘Bauchi has made a man out of you better than I did.”
First the good part. Tope Oshin, the celebrated movie producer has been consistent in producing award winning movies. As a matter of fact, she recently grabbed almost all the juicy award categories during the Best of Nollywood Awards, BON, 2018 edition for her movie ‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’. Up North is a good script; it’s a kind of story that could in some ways heal the country by exposing that what used to be feared about the northern part of Nigeria been dangerous was just a perception. The north, especially Bauchi where the movie was shot, are full of receptive and tolerant people. The movie also paraded the beautiful culture and landscape of the state.
Up North is also a movie that take into consideration the age of social media and the positive impact it could achieve.
Generally, it is a movie with good social intentions but somehow and somewhere, some things went missing. There are lots of missing scenes which would leave the audience trying to guess how things got here. It’s like counting the numerals like 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10! What happened to 4, 5, 6, 7?! In particular, the relationship between Bassey and Mariam, a widow he falls in love with.
Then too many close up shots and as if that wasn’t enough, the Sound Sultan’s Motherland doesn’t fit into the storyline at all.
But one thing you can’t take away from the movie is the sound design which is excellent.
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