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A review of The Figurine

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Hi guys, I wrote this review of The Figurine for something I was doing and I thought I’d share with you guys. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, maybe it’ll get you to see it and if you’ve already seen it, maybe you can agree with me and it’ll get you to see it again.
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The Figurine is a Nigerian thriller released in 2009. It was written by Kemi Adesoye and produced and directed by Kunle Afolayan. At the 2010 African Movie Academy Awards, The Figurine was nominated for 10 awards and walked away with 5 awards under its belt.
The movie tells the story of Femi(Ramsey Noah), Sola(Kunle Afolayan) and Mona(Omoni Oboli) who have been posted to Araromire,an ancient village named after a deity which is a figurine carved from a cursed tree, for their National Youth Service Corps. The figurine brings good fortune for 7 years followed by 7 years of calamity, destruction and bad luck to anyone who touches it. Femi and Sola are best friends while Mona is Sola’s girlfriend who Femi is in love with and plans to propose to at their NYSC camp. Femi and Sola discover the figurine of the goddess Araromire in a shrine near their camp and despite Femi’s warnings, Sola takes it home with him. To Femi’s dismay, Sola marries Mona. Life after camp for them is followed by 7 years of goodluck, wealth, health and happiness. Suddenly, things start to turn around for the worse and they begin to link it all to the figurine and the legend of its powers. They try to get rid of the figurine but it keeps coming back. Just when it’s too late, they discover that it was all the doing of Femi in a bid to win Mona back. Or is it? The movie ends leaving the viewers to make of it what they will.
The figurine shows the lengths people will go to and how much people will sacrifice for love as shown in the way Femi did everything he possibly could and threw caution to the wind just to be with Mona.
It is not a typical Nollywood movie. The story is fantastic and it leaves you guessing and wanting more.
There could not have been a more perfect cast. I have never seen Ramsey Noah act better; he was believable and he captured all of my attention. Omoni Oboli interpreted the role beautifully; when she laughed, I believed her, when she cried, I felt the emotion.
This movie is a win for Nollywood and is definitely of international quality. The picture quality is great and I absolutely loved the soundtrack( it was stuck in my head for weeks).
It shows the rest of Africa and the world how Nigeria is in terms of our culture,society and beliefs. For example, it mixes pidgin English, spoken widely in Nigeria,with Yoruba and English. It also shows how much belief Nigerians have in the supernatural and how much they accredit to it.
It mirrors Nigeria in many ways and does not hide the bad parts. For example, it highlights bribery.
I love how the movie ends with a question; “what do you believe?”. It gives you the license to make the ending you want.
I definitely believe it was all the doing of Araromire.
Aside from a minor problem with the subtitles, which may just be a problem with the copy I watched, this is by far one of my best Nollywood movies.
The Figurine is absolutely a must-see!