#BounceMovie Review: Alter Ego Starts A Conversation But Leaves It Hanging
After a 3-year hiatus, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde returns to the screens in this sexually-charged film Alter Ego, that starts a discussion but leaves several unanswered questions.
The hype for the film started last year, when its first promotion started with an initial trailer released in 2016, splashing its raunchy scenes with Wale Ojo and Kunle Remmy at viewers.
This was followed by the release of a sexy poster which had only Omotola on it.
Fast-forward 2017, we finally get to see the movie which teased our senses for months ahead.
Presently in Nigeria, reports of children being raped makes the pages of newspapers, but no one ever really understands what they go through, including the trauma which the victims experience and this is what Alterego tries to explore.
The producers were clearly trying to stamp the return of Omotola as she's present in every scene of the movie, so much so that the story-line gets somewhat left behind.
In the Moses Inwang directed flick, Omotola plays the role of Barrister Ada Igwe, a single lady devoted to having sex offenders pay for their crimes while protecting young girl from sexual predators.
After she was raped as a child, Ada develops a split personality as a coping mechanism for the post-traumatic stress she suffers.
The PTSD brings forth a dark and wanton side in Ada - which is an obsessive need for sex, that drives her to sleep with her employees and at some point, her brother -in-law, Daniel (Kunle Remi).
It also leaves her wary of personal relationships, until her path crosses with Timothy (Wale Ojo) a billionaire philanthropist whom she clearly respects. This is where the problem starts, as their relationship leaves unanswered questions.
Alter Ego fails to address how Timothy’s presence make her a better person or helps her fight the sexual addiction.
Also embedded in the good cinematography and appropriate soundtracks are scenes that take too long and sometimes bore the viewer to the point that important points in scenes are lost in the length.
The sex scenes though largely well executed do not quite cross the risque line as may have been suggested by earlier promotions.
Asides Kunle Remi's naked buttocks, the movie generally plays it safe and tries to maintain some form of decency with all the romping done under the sheets - a far cry from what was sold to teeming fans who must have been fantasizing about the actress.
Moving on to the plot, the film builds a background and a proper story-line for Omotola's character, Ada, but fails to do same for most of the other characters, perhaps on the pretext of boosting her return into the Nigerian movie industry.
But acting is a team sport that needs everyone to push the story forward, but this one went down hill, largely because of a lack of sub character development.
Tina Mba, for one, could certainly have done with more screen time.
Also while Omotola's acting showed a tinge of rustiness, she quickly picked up pace as the movie wore on while Wale Ojo owned the screen every-time he appeared and gave a top notch performance.
Also worthy of mention are Jide Kosoko, Madam Kofo and Elvina Ibru, all of whom gave a stellar performance.
On the flip side, some of the stretched scenes made errors noticeable like the Toyota SUV used by Ada in the movie which had a Nigerian Police plate number, and the trial judge addressing a lawyer in his court as “barrister.”
The final scene in the movie is also one that could have been left behind and one can only speculate as to its significance.
On the whole, Alter Ego does its best to address a very poignant issue in the society which certainly needs more attention, but doesn't quite finish the conversation it starts.
Alter Ego is still showing at cinemas.