God Calling Review: Starring Zainab Balogun, Ademola Adedoyin, Richard Mofe Damijo, Onyeka Onwenu
God Calling Review; Directed by BB Sasore
Cast: Zainab Balogun, Ademola Adedoyin, Richard Mofe Damijo, Onyeka Onwenu, Tina Mba, Nkem Owoh, Eku Edewor, Chidinma Okebalama, Patrick Diabuah, Karibi Fubara
Nothing is subtle in God Calling, and this is perhaps the film’s biggest failure. Marketed and sold as a faith-based thriller, the film throws every possible gimmick at the audience to get them to leave its presence imbued with faith-filled perspectives and lessons. A lot of the gimmicks are individually effective and some definitely stick, but they quickly become too much making the film lose its direction and end up much weaker than it started.
The opening act of God Calling is superb as it fleshes our characters and draws out dynamics that make the story richer. Some great CGI make the inciting incident(s) so much more compelling, giving God Calling a great launching pad to make an incredible impact in its later scenes. Unfortunately, things start going sideways as the movie progresses, and all the potential built from its amazing trailer to its great start gets mostly lost.
God Calling review
Effectively, God Calling is about Sade, and her family, who suffer a terrible loss that leads to a series of close encounters with God. Simple as this may seem, God Calling makes several detours that add unnecessary fat to the story and make it confusing after a point. The blame for the eventual failures of the film cannot fall on the actors who give their best in every single scene, and so it must fall appropriately on a story that seems to have been made to test the extent of CGI and set design ability.
Zainab Balogun is exceptional as Sade, giving a performance that continually pulls the audience back into the narrative. Onyeka Onwenu and Karibi Fubara as mother and son have one spectacular phone call scene together in one of the opening scenes and they continue delivering individually through the length of the movie. Tina Mba, Nkem Owoh and Richard Mofe Damijo land the tasks they are given with all the expertise expected of them although a bulk of the scenes they appear in add nothing to the story.
God Calling review
Sound is also a problem in God Calling with echoes featuring in quite a number of places, which seems at odds with the care that is taken with CGI, set design, cinematography and even lighting.
God Calling has a lot of unrealized potential, which could probably have been netted with more subtlety in passing its message. Still, with top-notch CGI and a heartwarming start, it is a story that manages to get its message across, and it will not lack admirers on these two counts.
From us at Sodas ‘N’ Popcorn HQ, God Calling earns a Popcorn and Hotdog (3 stars).
This review was written by our film critic, Obianuju Okafor
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