Release Date: April 2, 2017
Director: Biodun Stephen
Producer: Biodun Stephen
Screenplay: Biodun Stephen
Starring: Kunle Remi, Bolaji Ogunmola, Mofe Duncan, Emem Ufot
Genre: Romance/ Drama
We are introduced to the protagonist after whom the film is titled, Sobi, a handsome young casanova played by Kunle Remi. About fourteen minutes into the movie, we learn that a Mystic is a type of cocktail which the female lead enjoys and after which she is thereafter named. The acting so far is really good, the rapport between Sobi and his friend played by Emem Ufot seems believable, with Kunle Remi playing his role in a charming, relaxed manner and Emem mostly providing comic relief.
We are left wondering if this is another ridiculous Nollywood twin movie as we are presented with the lead female who seems to be living two completely different and opposed lifestyles. One side of her personality is Aida, a conservative wife and mother of two who travels for “work” and the other is Mystic, a sexually vibrant, confident bar-hopper who encounters the male lead on one of such nocturnal outings.
She takes control of the evening and teases him, leaving him hanging as to whether or not she likes him. It is this reticence on her part that draws him in and cause him to develop strong feelings for her.
She enhances her air of mystery by refusing to give him any personal information about herself. This seems to be the perfect punishment for Sobi after all his years of hard work as a philanderer. Inevitably, both her personalities begin to bleed into each other, causing complications. No spoilers here, so I’ll leave you to watch for yourself. Suffice it to say that it is not the usual annoying Nollywood production.
Considering how cringe-worthy most Nigerian child-actors usually are, the two little girls give a sterling performance, even though the older is a bit too smiley when delivering her lines and the other looks younger than her purported six years.
Bukola Ogunmola plays the conservative role a whole lot better than the sexy one, often leaving a bad taste in the mouth as she struggles with her obviously fake foreign accent, her eyelids blinking unnecessarily under the weight of her false lashes.
I feel like Makeup went OTT with the face beat, but I rationalized that it was probably to highlight the marked difference in the characters of the alter egos, and perhaps a woman in this kind of situation would also want to protect her secret by looking as unlike her everyday self as possible whenever she explores life on the wild side.
Whoever handled the costumes did a good job. Swear down, some of the outfits on the male lead had me wishing I had a man I could buy them for.
The movie handles advert placement rather well, promoting businesses, ROKTV and musical talent.
Special recognition to the music on this one which, for the first time in my life, compelled me to Shazam a song from a Nollywood movie. Most of the songs used are original songs performed by actual artists, so there is only one annoying soundtrack, which is saying a hell of a lot.
All in all, it is not a terrible movie, which explains why I felt moved enough to write this review albeit two years after the release date. I totally recommend this film to all Nollywood lovers.
I still love you guys and I hope you love me too, despite the neglect.