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  • Direction
  • Acting 3.0
  • Dialogue 3.0
  • Screen Play 2.0
  • Visuals 3.0

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Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre

PG - Drama | March 1, 2024 Storyline:

In a race against time to avoid a dismal fate, Saro returns to Ojumo with orders to complete a nearly impossible task. Meanwhile, Arolake starts a new life but fate calls and a return to her past seems inevitable.

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Reviewed by Sydney Elike - March 5, 2024

This sequel series fails to do justice to its two major characters, opting to explore numerous backstories and arcs that end up convoluting an overstuffed script.

Saro and Arolake are relegated to the background for the entirety of the series, taking a backseat to new characters while director Kunle Afolayan fleshes out a visually striking universe.

The so-called protagonist has three years to live on earth as he must return the souls of those he resurrected in the first film. Old habits die hard and he falls for the village belle, causing a series of events that lead to a tragic return to Oyo and a sinister foe.

I honestly didn't expect that this Netflix series would impress me and it didn't. Aside from the improvement in cinematography, the commendable acting, a stupendous villain, and a laudable musical score, Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre ends up being a disappointment.

Kunle Remi and Bimbo Ademoye, who made the first part watchable, aren't given much to do here as supporting characters take the spotlight.

The exposition suffers from tackling too many things at once, showing that Kunle Afolayan, a filmmaker who excels with feature projects of different genres, may not be ready for the intricacies of a series.

For me, the standout here is Owobo Ogunde, who portrays the dreaded Bashorun. In a stellar performance, he embodies the antagonist who is intimidating and scary.

The few action scenes are laughable (this is Nollywood, what else did I expect?) and the special effects once again look cheap.

My advice to Afolayan on if he plans to make a second season is don't.

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