By Japhet Alakam
In an era, where the values and norms of the average Nigerian has been thrown into the dustbin and ill gotten wealth is celebrated with award of titles, the urge for people to make it at all cost has forced many into all sorts of crime.
How can this be checkmated and the good old days of culture of hard work and accountability enthroned.
This has been the nagging question in the minds of many, and in his bid to draw the attention of all to this menace, seasoned Nigerian film producer/director, Walter ‘Waltbanger’ Taylaur came out with a new film tagged ‘Gbomo Gbomo Express’ . Gbomo Gbomo, as memorable as the title sounds, is a film rich with many messages, and apart from the moral message imbedded in it, the movie which seeks to quench the thirst of many who have been starved of real movie had its first advanced screening last week at the Filmhouse Cinemas, Apapa and also hit some selected cinemas last Friday.
Soft spoken Walter ‘Waltbanger’ Taylaur who has tried his hands so many years as a director/producer of short films, in this dark comedy Crime Caper that has all the key elements of good movie, with an incredible cast that features some of the best hands, in the 95 minutes film, portrays the excessive greed, lust and craze to make it at all costs of the young generation.
The star studded film shot in Lagos, features an ensemble cast, and co-stars Ramsey Nouah, Gideon Okeke, Osas Ajibade, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Gbenro Ajibade, Alexx Ekubo, Ikechukwu, Shaffy Bello–Akinrimisi, Kenneth Okolie, Omoye Uzamere, Niqua Johnson, Shakar EL, and Ben Thomas.
And as expected the actors/actresses showcased their creative ingenuity throughout the period the film lasted with good interpretation of the scripts to the delight of the audience. It was entertainment at its best as the audience laughed and appluaded the creative efforts of the director.
With a good storyline, the film centers on the kidnapping of record label boss, Austin Mba and Cassandra, a beautiful socialite, after a celebratory night out at the club.
Things get increasingly complicated for the amateur kidnappers led by Francis, who has trouble keeping his girlfriend, Blessing and crazy sidekick, Filo, in check, as they shakedown Rotimi, Austin’s partner, to pay the ransom.
Speaking about the movie, the producer/director Walter said “Gbomo Gbomo Express began as a brilliant script and has become an even more brilliant film, thanks to a lot of hard work from our homegrown Crew and incredible performances by a stellar Cast,”
“Our aim was to make the most entertaining Nollywood film of the year, so expect to be thoroughly entertained and to feel an urge to go back and see the film again and again.
On the message, he said “there are a lot of messages but we don’t try and spell them out.
“The film encompases high taste which we all crave for, we have for example the hustler, the guy who wants to blow, we have the couple who are engaged and want to stay together and better their lives, we also have the rich hustler who wants to get richer, so Nigerians will find themselves in each of the characters identified with.”
For those looking for a place to be, Gbomo Gbomo has provided another mirrow to all on what to do, whether to tow the steps of evil or to do the right thing.