Trust Mary from ENaija TV to provide you with a review of the much awaited “Gangs of Lagos” film, which was produced and directed by Jade Osiberu and is currently available exclusively on Prime Video.
Starring Tobi Bakare, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Pasuma, Chioma Akpotha, Bimbo Ademoye, Zlatan Ibile, Iyabo Ojo, Tayo Faniran, and musician-turned-actor Chike, Gangs of Lagos is co-produced by Kemi Lala Akindoju.
You know, we had high expectations for Gangs of Lagos, especially in light of the fact that Jade Osiberu always breaks records with the caliber of films she produces, including Isoken, Sugar Rush, the Trade, and Brotherhood. However, Gangs of Lagos fell short of our expectations.
Gangs of Lagos seemed like a kid creeping behind the Brotherhood movie, which is still the best action Nollywood film to date, even though the characters gave it their all.
The story of Gang of Lagos centers around a trio of pals named Obalola, Gift, and Ify who had to individually find their own way in life while growing up in the busy streets and neighborhood of Isale Eko in Lagos. They were raised in Lagos’s raucous and energetic Isale Eko neighborhood.
However, it needs the viewer’s patience to wait through to the conclusion. We witness the effort put in to take a closer look at thuggery and politically related gang culture in Nigeria, researching backstories that many have historically neglected.
The narrative opened with a narrator describing the three childhood buddies and their development. From that point on, the story wasn’t really compelling. It was slow and difficult to follow.
Gangs of Lagos turned out to be a gritty and interesting watch in the last 30 minutes of the movie, which is why it really takes the viewer’s patience to sit through.
However, we weren’t thrilled by Adesua Etomi’s Yoruba; it was more fluid when she was younger, leaving us to question what happened to it as she got older. By the way, the young actors in “Gangs of Lagos” are fantastic.
We could clearly feel Chioma Chukwuma’s emotions in that heartbreaking church scene.
From our expert movie reviewer Mary O at ENaija TV, we rate it a 5/10 for its powerful and hard-hitting visuals, production, and relevance to the recent events surrounding Nigeria’s 2023 presidential and gubernatorial elections; specifically, how youths on the streets are used to commit murder and play dirty games for the kingmakers who dine and drink with their own children while living the good life.