In 2014, comedian AY Makun hit box office pay dirt with 30 Days in Atlanta, a laugh a minute, jumbling clash of skits that despite its artistic limitations, connected with audiences in ways unheard of for a Nollywood film opening at the cineplexes and ended up crossing the previously unheard of 100 million dollar mark at the cinemas.
A sequel became imperative and two years later, viewers who still recall the fish out of water caper original with some measure of fondness have been punished for their fidelity by the unimpressive let down that is A Trip to Jamaica.
If you had any high hopes in the first place that is. Truth be told, the trailer that showed up to promote the film ahead of its release date was a clanging clutter of big names, choice locations and little else.
Robert O Peters returns to direct AY but everyone seems to be in it this time just for the big bucks. Peters has not improved much since his last outing and it shows on screen. The first 20 minutes are essentially a repeat of 30 Days in Atlanta’s opening scenes as AY’s Warri bred Akpos, accompanied by his latest conquest, Bola (Funke Akindele) take a trip to Atlanta after he has proposed to her publicly on state television. A seemingly simple scene that involves two actors strolling through airport security is handled by Roberts in a manner so lacking in imagination that it falls on the actors to sustain int ...