Render to Caesar

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Render to Caesar
Render to caesar poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Desmond Ovbiagele
Onyekachi Ejim
Produced by Nnamdi Oboli
Omoni Oboli
Desmond Ovbiagele
Written by Desmond Ovbiagele
Starring
Music by Michael Ogunlade
Cinematography Johnny Askwith
Edited by Steve Sodiya
Production
company
Mighty Man Entertainment
Release date
  • March 28, 2014 (2014-03-28)
Running time
120 minutes
Country Nigeria
Language English

Render to Caesar is a 2014 Nigerian crime thriller film written and produced by Desmond Ovbiagele, directed by Desmond Ovbiagele and Onyekachi Ejim. It stars Wale Ojo, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Omoni Oboli and Bimbo Manuel with Special appearances from Kehinde Bankole and Femi Jacobs.[1][2] The film was initially slated to be released in the second quarter of 2013[3] but was pushed back due to delayed post production; it was however released on 28 March 2014.[4][5] The film which was supported by Microsoft, Trace and FCMB[6] tells the story of two friends who return from abroad to join the Nigeria Police Force, only to be faced with an impossible mystery case involving a criminal, Caesar (Lucky Ejim) who has been terrorising the city of Lagos for quite sometime.

Although the film received mixed critical reviews, it won awards for "Best Original Screenplay" and "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" at the 2014 Nollywood Movies Awards .[7] It also received awards for "Best Screenplay" and "Best Sound Design" at the 2014 Best of Nollywood Awards.[8]

Cast

Release

Render to Caesar premiered at the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos on 28 March 2014.[4][5] In 2015, it was shortlisted for the main feature film competition at the 24th edition of FESPACO in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.[9] It was also an Official Selection at the 2015 San Diego Black Film Festival,[10] as well as the 2014 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF).[11]

Reception

Critical reception

Render to Caesar has been met with mixed reviews. Sodas & Popcorn gave it a rating of 3 out of 5 stars, it cited that the film has plot holes, says the technicalities are flawed mostly as a result of "lazy job". It concluded by stating: "For a genre which hasn’t really been explored in the Nigerian movie scene much, it tries to be unique by bringing in witty dialogues and a good degree of continuity, until pieces of the big puzzle (which are supposed to add up) fail to do so. Render to Caesar is an experiment, which even with its many flaws, in the end is a big step forward".[6] Wilfred Okiche of YNaija says: "Render to Caesar wants to be many things at once. A crime thriller, a police procedural, a love story and a twisty film noir". He pointed out that although the film has its good moments, the moments are often ruined with bizarre turn of events, easy predictability or ridiculous plotholes. He added: "The special effects are not as spectacular as they could have been, the acting isn’t as fine as it should and the screenplay, with its twists and turns isn’t as impressive as it fancies itself". He concluded by saying the film seem more like an "experiment" than a "confident production".[12]

Wilfred Okiche commended the film for its brilliant portrayal of the Nigerian Police force. He cited Ejim as the outstanding act in the film, but also stated that there is no chemistry between Omoni and Gbenga on screen and that their romantic scenes turn out to be one of the down sides of the screenplay.[12]

Accolades

Render to Caesar received 9 nominations and won 2 awards at the 2014 Nollywood Movies Awards. It also received 3 nominations and won 2 awards at the 2014 Best of Nollywood Awards.

Complete list of Awards
Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
Best of Nollywood Awards
(2014 Best of Nollywood Awards)[13]
Best Screenplay Desmond Ovbiagele Won
Best Actor in a Leading Role Gbenga Akinnagbe Nominated
Best Sound Design Michael Ogunlade Won
Nollywood Movies Awards
(2014 Nollywood Movies Awards)[14]
Best Director Desmond Ovbiagele Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Desmond Ovbiagele Won
Best Actor in a Leading Role Gbenga Akinnagbe Nominated
Best Cinematography Johnny Askwith Nominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Lucky Ejim Won
Best Editing Steve Sodiya Nominated
Best Sound Design Michael Ogunlade Nominated
Best Music Soundtrack Michael Ogunlade & Seun Owoaje Nominated
Best Rising Star (Male) Lucky Ejim Nominated

See also

References

  1. ^ Odulaja, Adedayo (February 2013). "Omoni Oboli, others break barrier with Render to Caesar". Daily Independent. Daily Independent NG. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  2. ^ Cole, Mistah (18 February 2014). "New Poster and Trailer for RENDER TO CAESAR Starring Gbenga Akinnagbe & Omoni Oboli". 360 Nobs. 360Nobs.com. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Trailer: Render to Caesar". Golden Icons. Golden Icons. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Crime Thriller, 'Render to Caesar', Premieres in Lagos". Nollywood Mindspace. Nollywood by Mindspace. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  5. ^ a b Dikko, James; Bada, Gbenga. "PHOTOS: Omoni Oboli, OC Ukeje storm Render to Caesar's premiere". Movie Moments. Movie Moments. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  6. ^ a b Sodas and Popcorn (2 April 2014). "Sodas & Popcorn – Movie Review: Render To Caesar". Bella Naija. BellaNaija.com. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  7. ^ "2014 Nollywood Movie Awards: Full List of Winners and Review (Part 1)". 360nobs.com. October 21, 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Best of Nollywood Awards 2014 Reverberates from Port Harcourt, Rivers". Encomium Magazine. October 17, 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  9. ^ "FESPACO 2015: the complete list of the movies in competition". Africa Top Success. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Films & Descriptions". San Diego Black Film Festival Official Website.
  11. ^ "Render to Caesar". PAFF official website.
  12. ^ a b Okiche, Wilfred (1 June 2014). "Movie review: Render to Caesar makes a credible, spirited effort". Ynaija Magazine. YNaija. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Best of Nollywood Awards 2014 Reverberates from Port Harcourt, Rivers". Encomium Magazine. October 17, 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  14. ^ "2014 Nollywood Movie Awards: Full List of Winners and Review (Part 1)". 360nobs.com. October 21, 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.

External links

  • Render to Caesar on IMDb
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