MOVIE REVIEW: Checklist: A visually stunning film with an unbelievable plot that ruins it

Apr 23, 2024 | Entertainment | 0 comments

Bimbo Ademoye, Ebisan Arayi, Ayoola Ayolola, Saidat Balogun, Stephen Damian, Mawuli Gavor, Evelyn John, Jimmy Odukoya, Linda Osifo, and Beverly Osu star in ‘Checklist’, a 2024 Nigerian romantic drama film. The movie offers a romantic journey of self-reflection on what one truly desires in a partner.

‘Checklist’ follows Efe and her close friends, Isoken and Idara, as they embark on a relatable journey of love. They grapple with their expectations and societal pressures as they search for true love. The movie’s central plot is fueled by women’s biological concerns, social pressure, and the longing for a committed relationship.

A comedy-drama, ‘Checklist’ focuses on love, friendship, betrayal, and desperation. The movie presents stunning visuals and aesthetics, but the storyline has room for improvement, appearing unrealistic and predictable. For instance, the character’s ability to find love within a week’s vacation seems far-fetched, and the sudden revelations about the men’s orchestrated efforts to match the checklist criteria feel contrived.

The film opens with Efe and Isoken playing snooker as they discuss why they don’t get lucky in relationships and why the men keep breaking up with them. Frustrated and devastated, the girls devise a checklist to help them get it right.

Efe wants a funny, happy-going man with a muscular physique and a bed-breaker. Isoken desires a physically appealing man, while Idara prefers a good cook with refined tastes and a linguistic specialist.

As the week unfolds, revelations surface, unveiling Jackson’s marital status and the men’s orchestrated efforts to match the checklist criteria. These ‘revelations’ are pivotal moments in the movie, challenging the characters’ expectations and forcing them to confront their desires and redefine what truly matters in matters of the heart.

The movie, despite its limitations, successfully explores the complexities of modern love and the power of friendship to overcome even the toughest challenges. Though it may not have fully met expectations as a romantic film, the carefully selected actors delivered commendable performances, adding depth to the characters and making them relatable despite the unrealistic storyline.

Verdict: It’s a 6/10 for its attention to aesthetics and ability to manage resources to achieve something.

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Oluseun Martins Omole, aka “Seun Omole,” pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Omole participated in a widespread scheme to defraud thousands of victims in the United States and elsewhere of thousands of consumer electronics and other goods totaling more than $12 million. Omole entered his guilty plea before U.S. Judge Katharine H. Parker.

From at least February 2018 through March 2023, Omole participated in a criminal enterprise based in Nigeria (the “Enterprise”), orchestrating various scams to defraud thousands of victims in the United States and elsewhere of more than $12 million in consumer electronics, including smartphones, smartwatches, laptops, and tablets, among other items. The scams perpetrated by the members of the Enterprise included romance scams, online marketplace scams, and employment scams, collectively known as the “Fraudulent Electronics Scams.”

During this period, Omole owned and operated a business corporation named Tobylink Impessions, Inc., a/k/a Tobylink Impressions, Inc. (“Tobylink”), which claimed to be a distributor, reseller, and supplier of satellite communications equipment. In reality, Tobylink served as a vehicle through which Omole received thousands of fraudulently obtained goods from victims of the Enterprise before repackaging and shipping those items to various co-conspirators located in Nigeria. Throughout his participation in the conspiracy, Omole received and sent more than $12 million in consumer electronics and other items to other members of the Enterprise in exchange for the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars in fees that Omole charged other Enterprise members.

Omole, 57, of Sugar Land, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. As part of his plea agreement, Omole agreed to pay restitution in an amount to be ordered by the Court and to forfeit an amount of U.S. currency to be ordered by the Court, as well as various consumer electronics and other goods seized by law enforcement.

Congress prescribes the maximum potential sentence in this case. It is provided here for informational purposes only, as a judge will determine any defendant’s sentencing. Omole’s sentencing is scheduled for July 30, 2024, before U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman.

Mr. Williams praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and thanked Homeland Security Investigations for their assistance with the investigation.

The Office’s General Crimes Unit is prosecuting this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry J. Fang is in charge of the trial.

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