Movie Review: To Freedom (2023): A good story that rattles you, but drags a bit

Synopsis: To Freedom (2023) tells the story of Tobi, a very loving husband, who is torn apart when his wife Shola goes missing after a regular market run. This takes a toll on him until he gets unexpected information that changes his life forever.

To Freedom: The Cast 

  • Daniel Etim Effiong    
  • Beverly Osu    
  • Osas Ighodaro    
  • Eso Dike Okolocha    
  • Jide Kosoko    
  • Elvina Ibru     

The Crew

  • Directed by: Biodun Stephen
  • Produced by: Kminds Productions
Review of To Freedom (2023) movie

The Review

This is a story that starts out straight and normal, and draws your heartstrings. You feel really sorry for the protagonist’s ordeal. You begin to hate the other characters for how they are making him suffer, and just like that, the twist shows up and you don’t believe what you are seeing.

To Freedom is a good story, with a great twist and a few cast members. Daniel Etim Effiong is a super star. It is also a stroke of genius to cast the same person as protagonist and antagonist, the unveiling of which takes you completely by surprise. Daniel carries the movie on his bare back. He is a great contrast to Osas Ighodaro, who I have said repeatedly needs to better immerse herself in Nollywood. Osas has spent years in Nollywood, and she still refuses to code switch her accent to fit the roles she gets. In To Freedom, she does not express the range of emotions expected of a person being abused by their spouse.

I struggle to see the chemistry between Elvina Ibru and Jide Kosoko, both great actors in their own rights. They don’t really work together in this production.

While the story is good, unfortunately, the movie drags so much, taking so long to establish the plot and build the story. And while it does not rush to resolve the conflict, I would have preferred it faster paced. I found myself yawning multiple times.

This is a good story, with a good and unexpected twist. I just wish the weight of the movie did not rest on the shoulders of one person, Daniel Etim Effiong.  

Nollyrated Score: 3/5 (Okay Production)

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2 thoughts on “Movie Review: To Freedom (2023): A good story that rattles you, but drags a bit”

  1. It drags on so much and Shola’a eyebrow was like something else!! NPF as ever being as dubious ever.
    The abuse scenes were hard to watch.
    Obsessive man with too much money ????????????????

    • It is usually like that. Men who are prone to being obsessive and abusive to their spouses are usually wealthy and powerful. They can do and undo and they are the most dangerous type of abusers. At least a broke man who is an abuser can easily be dealt with.


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