Movie Review

Movie Review: Blood Sisters

A Netflix original limited series produced by EbonyLife founded by Mo Abudu

The Movie Cover

PLOT

The power of a woman cannot be underestimated especially when in charge of a vital role that has her life involved, this movie show cases the commitment and tenacity of women, the love and support they share, their struggles and how they won their battle along side those who believe in and trusted them. It show cases the use of power in different life aspects, humans with different perspectives or approach to life or situations, truth and life itself as a whole meal one cannot finish but leave behind.

Blood sisters tells the story of two childhood friends turned sister as mentioned in the movie, who watch out for each other in all aspects and all forms. Kemi Sanya (Nancy Isime) and Sarah Duru(Ini Dima Okojie) were involved in a life changing event on the day of Sarah’s wedding engagement ceremony. Sarah was engaged to Kola Ademola(Deyemi Okanlawon), the head of the family’s business. A pharmaceutical business owned by the Ademola’s family. He dictates it all for the company, his family and also his relationship. He is an abuser, who humiliates the women in his life with the support of his mother who believes every woman wants him for his money.

Sarah Duru is engaged to Kola, despite the abuse, she was going ahead with the wedding despite the red flags from the relationship and the warning from her friend, Kemi. Few minutes to the engagement, Kemi persuaded Sarah to call off the wedding, in an attempt to discuss with Kola, he resort to abusing her again which led him to strangling Sarah, out of defence, Kemi, in the quest of saving her friend’s life, shot Kola with a gun. This is where the main saga begins. This made the sister be on the run for their lives for they know what could become of them from the hands of the Ademolas, especially their mother, haven killed their Golden son. They fled for their lives as all was put to risk to keep themselves from been apprehended while the chase never stops

Blood Sisters is a limited series of four Episode with different opening and joined story lines. It is filled with lots of suspense and brutal scenes.

  1. It’s a Bloody Affair
Engagement Day

Kola was murdered out of defence In this scene and was buried in a shallow grave, by Kemi and Sarah . The two sisters couldn’t tell but hide the secret within themselves while trying to go ahead with the wedding.

As it was noticed that Kola was missing, his friend was ask to make the announcement of his missing friend, Kola. Like Uduak said, “someone has to make the announcement.” She was indeed not happy with the wedding coming. The party was then dissolved.

The first episode tells the story of Kola’s Older brother Femi, who wants to have him dead out of jealousy of him running the company, with the help of his wife, an assassin was hired to kill him which was unsuccessful.

2. Run Sisters Run

Deliberation on how to abscond

The two sisters had to run for their dear lives. The police investigation had a case, when Kola’s body was found In a grave. The sisters ran out of their home for slum in the quest to leave the country, all thanks to Kenny( Ibrahim Suleiman) who was Sarah’s lover. It was glaring in this episode how Femi(Gabriel Afolayan), Kola’s elder brother and his wife, Olayinka (Bankole Kehinde), always wanted the role of Kola to be theirs. Though they had a failed mission to assassinate Kola in Episode 1, but they are glad, he is no more, this is out of jealousy. Timeyin(Genevova Umeh), who was their mother’s last child became a threat to them, she was forced to a strict rehab

3. The Hunt

Inspector Joe informing Akin what he is not aware of

The search for Sarah and Kemi continues as more secrets are unraveled about the Ademola’s family. They, Sarah and Kemi were faced with lots of escape challenged and almost lost their lives along the line. Kemi confessed to Akin (Daniel Etim Effiong), Kola’s best friend, who barley know much about his friend. And in this episode, Akin realized the kind of beings his friend was

4. The Catch

Timeyin, the show stopper of her mother’s show

The gathered puzzles were put together to solve different problems, both from the Ademolas’ and the sisters hunted for. Timeyin, the last child of the Ademolas unravelled the secrete of their mum, she put an end to the show her mother has been running for years.

Theme

Love

The meaning of love should not be over emphasized. Love should not be limited to a side, it should be shared and expressed to all. The love between Sarah and Kemi is beyond friendship which makes them blood sisters. Kenny’s love for Sarah made him lay his life in trying to save her for he was there for her in all hustles. I call the Love Upside down(lust), Abasiama expressing his love to Kola even after lots of battering, sexual and domestic abuse before marriage. The love between Yinka and Femi is unexplainable, they both could kill just for their bod to remain as they want it.

Betrayal

Timeyin has always had the betrayal of her mother, Mrs Uduak, who even said to her face that she is disgrace to her while she was trying to confide in her. Akin felt betrayed by not knowing who truly his friend is. It is no news that the force betrays the citizen they serve. They’d refuse to carry out their duty but rather play politics to power on what the authority informs them to do even at the expense of the life of the innocent. Akin felt betrayed by his friend, he never truly know who he was till his death.

Standing For Truth

Inspector Slo Jo Obasanjo( Wale Ojo) was the saviour of the movie who saved the blood sisters. He realized the truth and taped out lots of investigation even at the expense of his job online. Akin made it known to Officer Slo Jo that Kola was an abuser, after peaking with his ex girlfriends and visiting his secrete room.

Trust

The sister Sarah and Kemi has so much and believe in each other to have stayed strong and stayed true to themselves trhough hurdles they went through

Power Politics

Power was played, used and abused in the Ademola’s family especially. Mother Uduak was the ruler and controller while she made her golden son, Kola the frontline before his untimely death. She was justice carried out by herself without investigating the true matter. And the Police in charge of the case, who already had their pockets filled except inspector Jo, carrying out a hunt of criminals only for justice to be carried out by and individual and not through the court. This is REAL POWER ON DISPLAY

Sex and Romance And Sensual

The older Ademola, Femi, and his wife played a major role in this theme, they bond through roman and sex is far beyond imagination. Sex becomes their meal and drink to balance their diet. No matter the burning fire and going on trouble, sex and sexuality is the solution to their problem. Yinka, Femi’s wife always had the remote and available G-Spot for Femi to get him down to erotic romance. They became irresistible and inseparable. Their bond is beyond explanation.

Stockholm Syndrom

“Stockholm syndrome is a psychological condition that occurs when a victim of abuse identifies and attaches, or bonds, positively with their abuser” read more on :

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Abasiama is the topic is Stockholm Syndrome in this movie, despite the abuse she receives from Kola, she still pleads and cries to stay and marry her instead of Sarah. She believes she’s attached to Kola and wants to remain with him despite the toture she goes through, despite she knows how demonic he is and the kind of mother he has.

Cheat and Jealousy

Mrs Uduak cheated on her husband, Mr. Ademola even though he was realized in the movie, picture wise. That’s to Timeyin the show stopper who leaked her mother’s secrete and led us all into her real world and life. It was gathered that Mrs Uduak was jealous of her husband, she claimed she made her husband, Mr Ademola to become successful in Life, but she was not recognized for it. This made her not love the children she bore for him. She then cheated on him which resulted to Kola being born. She loved Kola more than her other children, Femi and Timeyin. Mr. Ademola upon realizing this, Mrs Uduak had to cover for by killing him. Timeyin knew this and kept it a secret.

We could tell the jealousy of Femi on his younger brother, Kola, he always wanted his position. This jealousy made him hired an assassin to kill him on his engagement day, though it was not successful. He always wanted his brother of line so he could step in as the King of the Ademola’s family business.

Failed Parenting

Timeyin kept her mum’s secrete for years, though she knows her mum shares no love or bond for her, this made her go into drugs. She resulted into drug abuse and she was abused for this when Femi and his wife wanted her out of the way so they could get what they wanted of the family’s business. She confined in her mum but she did not listen to her rather took her to a strict rehab where she’s never listened to.

Blackmail

The Photographer and Kemi

This theme has to be the shortest in the movie, I mean, funny but a serious issue. Sarah and Kemi were both blackmailed by the photographer while taking out the remains of Kola Ademola, while in the parking lot. The Photographer requested a ransom for the pictures he took, but his greed led him to his untimely death.I mean, may be intentionally done or not, the sisters needed their lives to be saved a their names to be cleared.

Mother Uduak

The Majestic Mother Uduak

I decided to make her a theme, she played a major role in the movie. who would ever think of why she never liked her other children? Who ever thought Kola was a bastard of the Ademola’s but born by Mrs Uduak? who could ever think she had a relationship outside her marriage? She’s got a lot and lot going on and her children took after her, even though she never liked it. She had her replica killed, other replica didn’t matter. She knew hope devilish her son, Kola, was, yet she believed in him and wanted to remain forever.

The Power Of A Woman

I emphasized this in the beginning of my writing, it is as good as this movie portrays the life of women, their struggles, their mistakes, their problems, if they took lessons from it, if they survived it. Let us start with the abuse of Sarah by Kola and how Kemi talked her into taking a stand. To how Sarah’s mum wanted her to go ahead with the marriage despite the suffering of her daughter because of money, then she realized her mistakes when it was late and commended her daughter to be strong. Kemi, helping her friend get out of abuse by self defence and staying by her till the end. Yinka, giving her husband the “Sexual and Sensual” courage to take on the family no matter what. Timeyin, the show stopper, she lit and put out fire, she killed it all at the end, this and many more shows the power of a woman in all life aspects. it cannot be diminished.

Conclusion

The truth, is there ever a kind of friendship like that Kemi and Sarah? Friendship of till death do us path, even marriages nowadays don’t like that long especially in that kind of trouble. And the course of Kemi cannot be defined, one would thing she wants to give up on her friend and in the next second, she’s looking out for her safety while she herself, Kemi, is in a greater trouble.

I could go on and on in writing more about this movie: Blood Sister, the movie is just perfect the way it is, I have no conclusion it goes on and on like it should never end. All the cast pulled their acts perfectly fine and well, even UncleB (Ramsey Noah) who barely speak much in the movie, had a great show in the movie. nothing is bad, nothing in nothing in the movie. This is also one and part of the great coming New Nollywood.

Kudos to the crew, all pulled great act in putting it all together, it comes with great suspense and pure story, that is true t watching and hearing. And the wardrobe is more that expectation, especially Mother Udauk. She looks like she was always going to the RED CARPET in every outfit. This is a completed work that has put Nollywood to the top of its game.

Movie Review by: Nimota Idera Dauda-Ajao of neematdiary

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