Synopsis: In the 6-part limited series, ShantyTown, a group of courtesans attempts to escape the grasp of a notorious kingpin – but political corruption and blood ties make freedom a near-impossible goal.
Shanty Town: The Cast
- Richard Mofe-Damijo
- Sola Sobowale
- Nse Ikpe-Etim
- Nancy Isime
- Lilian Afegbai
- Toyin Abraham
- Ini Edo
- Ali Nuhu
- Chidi Mokeme
- Peter Okoye
- Zubby Michael
- Shaffy Bello
- Uche Jombo
- Regina Daniels
- Mercy Eke
- Dimeji Ajibola: Director
- Taiwo Adebayo: Associate producer
- Judith Audu: Associate producer / line producer
- Ini Edo: Executive producer
- Uche Jombo: Associate producer
- Chichi Nworah: Executive producer
- Charles Okonkwo: Executive producer
Shanty Town: The Review
Shanty Town is an ode to blood, gore, violence, and very little sex, and it shows that Nollywood is truly pushing the envelope. The production focuses on a theme that we have seen quite a bit. A powerful politician is the real brain behind the drugs and prostitution rings in the slums, but 3 episodes in and I was still struggling to understand what the plot is. The use of suspense and mystery is over flogged, and I almost got bored with the build-up.
I am so glad to see Chidi Mokeme; he practically carries the series on his bare back. Ini Edo gives a fair performance, but she is not fully in the flow and her acting seems forced. We love our Zaddy, RMD, but he is not a convincing drug lord. He is too polished for the role. As good as Nse’s acting is, I think should have completely let go of the perfect English. Her upbringing flies in the face of the environment. I understand Ini’s English: she is working undercover. This is Peter Okoye’s debut acting, so, I do not have an opinion yet on his acting, but this outing is not a stellar performance.
Hearing the Ibibio language featured prominently is refreshingly different from the usual, but a lot of the scenes and acting leave a lot of loose threads.
The fight scenes are not totally believable and attempt to replicate Hollywood a little too much. We don’t fight like this. I don’t know if it’s an Indian style of fighting, Chinese or Nigerian. The costumer gives the Dame such lovely costumes, but Chief Fernadenz’s clothes look too much like Gen Z clothes. He is a respectable member of the society, a chief, his costume ought to reflect it, and those beads on him are too cheap and in a very obvious way.
One of my main challenges with Nollywood movies and series is the fast resolution of conflict. It just grates to have such a long build up and then a rushed resolution. It insults the intelligence of the viewer. Shanty Town does a decent job of not rushing the resolution; however most of the resolution is talked through. This is a decent production, but there is a lot of room for improvement.
Nollyrated Score: 3/5 (Okay Production)
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