Synopsis – When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. One of the most powerful young people, Ruby, escapes from her camp and joins a group of runaways who are seeking a safe haven. Betrayed by the adults in power, this newfound family soon realizes that running is not enough — they must use their collective powers to wage a resistance and take back their future.
Release date: 3 August 2018 (Nigeria)
Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Box office: 41.1 million USD
Budget: 34 million USD
Screenplay: Alexandra Bracken, Chad Hodge
You know a movie abouta be lit when you hear the accompanying theme song that comes with seeing this logo.
Anyway, from the moment this movie started, it got me hooked and curious!
It starts with being drawn to something strange happening to a little white girl, that makes you immediately go all;
Err what’s happening to the little girl?
Why did she literally freeze, eyes turn blue, and just die like that?
And then it commences into finding out that some sort of unnamed sickness is affecting only children, including the President’s child.
And you’ll be there like yekpa, is this another apocalyptic premonition?
Anyway, at this point, you really get curious sha; wanting to know more.
Like what is this sickness?
We then get introduced to a Little black girl narrator, the protagonist, (beautiful acting btw) who witnessed the little white girl die in the beginning (and seemingly even half of her classmates who die from this same sickness) who later becomes infected by this same illness too, and becomes confusingly unrecognizable by her own loving protective parents.
She is then whisked away to some serious military training camp facility with the other surviving kids, because they are considered a threat!
Plus since her parents couldn’t recognize her anymore they turned her in.
Now little black girl is then considered a higher threat at the camp during a compulsory test, and is then meant to be terminated per order(s), but maneuvers her way out through hypnosis, with the “sickness-ish power”.
Your interest will be piqued at this point again, because you’d want to keep watching to find out more!
6 years later, movie advances to showing Amandla Stenberg as the grown little black girl, and I mean at this point, I got all goosebumpish tbh, because for some reason you get to expect nothing less from her especially if you’ve seen the movie “Everything Everything, and seen the Trailer for “The Hate You Give” movie, featuring her too.
Anyway, so it turns out that Amandla’s character has developed super power-ish abilities, like most of the other kids, but hers are uber special/rare, which make her more dangerous than the others.
But she’s been able to survive the 6 years in the camp by pretending to be different, until fowl yansh open.
Along the line, after escaping the training camp via help, she meets 3 other “uber cool” kids, teams up with them, and she and the eldest kid start loving up, which can make the agbaya in you can start going all mushy.
Amandla btw, seems to be perfect for all these them boy meet “I’m drawn to you” girl roles, because she does justice to them so far lol, based on chemistry I guess.
Somewhere along the line, we get introduced to the villain aka the President’s son, who shares same rare abilities with Amandla’s character, hence easily fingers her brain and us at a point, into thinking he’s the good one (smh, I knew there was something up with that his creep looking facial expression right from the moment he appeared on screen, pay attention to your instincts guys!)
And the movie goes on and on. (I really don’t wanna give you more spoilers)
But sha, the movie in Cardi B’s voice, literally keeps slapping you with “Don’t get comfortable”, because everytime you are about to get into it, there’s a plot twist that gets you like uh-oh, didn’t see that coming lmao.
Also, these are cool tidbits or should I say theories from the movie though;
1) The world would seem dry and deserted without children
2) Never be ashamed of who you are
3) You can’t be strong if you don’t face your fears
Pretty cool for people who want something positively light!
The End made me CRY!!!
I hated the end mahn!
Because she/it broke my heart sigh!
Still pissed! Sigh.
Everytime you wanna love love in movies or reality, they yank it off your bum.
Looks like there’d be a sequel though,
Should be fun hopefully!
Anyway, the movie was really fun to watch; kept me glued, and tbh in my opinion, even though there were a few loopholes here and there, they were easy to overlook.
Have you seen the movie?
What would you rate it on a scale of 1 -10?
Rating – 8/10
P.S – If you were to choose a colour/power trait, which would you choose?
Orange, Red (Omo mehn), Green, Or Blue?