"Beyond Blood" doesn't fail at pulling off the 'romantic thriller' genre. While its duration could make you want to leave the cinema hall, its suspense would have you sitting down and anticipating the end.
Directed by Greg Odutayo and produced by Debbie Odutayo, "Beyond Blood" is a family drama about self discovery.
The movie focuses on Moji (Kehinde Bankole) who, after a series of uncontrollable events, decides to run away from her fears.
A humanitarian, Moji is engaged to Benji (Okey Uzoeshi), whom she breaks up with somewhere along the line.
In a bid to escape an 'arranged marriage,' her fears and problems, she sets out to the USA TO find her brother and black sheep of the family, Tunji (Deyemi Okanlawon).
There she meets a 'friend' of Tunji, Akin (Joseph Benjamin) who offers to help her find her brother.
The movie which can be called one of the most star studded movies ever features Carol King, Shan George, Segun Arinze, Bimbo Manuel, Francis Nwochei, Deyemi Okanlawon, Kehinde Bankole, Joseph Benjamin, Okey Uzoeshi, Wole Ojo, Ijeoma Grace Agu, Uzor Osimkpa, Ifeanyi Kalu and Marion Bott .
The movie features a cast worth applauding. Bankole did a great job at interpreting the central character Moji. From her body gestures to her facial expressions, Bankole once again proves how much of a great and deep talent she is.
Every actor in the movie brought in their best - from Bimbo Manuel and Carol King as the typical African rich parents, to Ijeoma Grace Agu as the dying HIV patient.
Okey Uzoeshi created a character worth remembering. While it might be easy to for viewers to forget every other character, the name Benji is one you won't forget in a hurry after seeing movie.
Okanlawon and Joseph Benjamin interpreted that perfect bad/good guy you just want to love.
The chemistry between all the actors is commendable, especially that between Moji and Akin). With their banters and jokes, the actors found a way to make the long wait worth the while.
Yes, the long wait!! "Beyond Blood" is one of those cinema movies which turns out to be long and a little bit dragging, having you wish you had a fast-forward button somewhere close-by, so you could just get to the end already or just set a faster pace. At some point, it almost felt like a telenovela taking the whole time to develop.
Another thing worth loving about the movie is the twist to Benji's character. It was unexpected, and of course had people conversing, and who doesn't love a movie they can talk about after they exit the cinema hall.
The Greg Odutayo movie has a distinct and unique storyline. While it's not an everyday Nollywood storyline, it's still one most people can relate to.
The production quality of the movie is absolutely perfect. From cinematography to sound, casting to acting and directing, the movie paid absolute attention to details.
Considering how good the movie is, we can forgive it of some mistakes. Example, Moji's father said he gave Moji everything she always wanted, including Oxford, while Moji had earlier mentioned that she met Benji while in Harvard - how?
I personally think its ending was quite predictable. It gave us the ending every Nollywood movie lover would want - the happily ever after 'oh I thought you were dead' end.
I would have loved it more if it had ended after Moji returned to Nigeria, and her friends paid her a 'cheer up' visit.
All in all, it doesn't fail at pulling off the 'romantic thriller' genre. While its duration could make you want to leave the cinema hall, its suspense would have you sitting down and anticipating the end.
"Beyond Blood" is a film that takes viewers through a 2-hour plus entertaining journey, with detailed performances by some of Nollywood's talented actors.
Is it worth your time and money? Yes! It's one family action drama that shouldn't be missed.
Watch trailer and check out photos from premiere below;