Plan B Kenyan movie poster

Brilliant. Simply brilliant. Plan B gets it right on almost every aspect of a movie. The only shortcoming might be that it is a rather short movie clocking in at just 60 minutes. Pun very much intended. That being said the way the story is told and the way the characters bring it to life makes it feel just as long as a Hollywood blockbuster.

The Plot

So the plot goes a little something like this. An up and coming fashion stylist, Lisa (Sarah Hassan) is dumped by her boyfriend for being too nice. Ouch! That and the fact that Ethan (Lenana Kariba), the boyfriend is moving to France. Lisa does not take the heartbreak well and instead of getting some ice cream and running to her best friend as the cliche goes, she winds up all alone and tipsy at a club. Dele (Daniel Etim Effiong) makes a move on the intoxicated Lisa and the rest, as they say, is biology.

Later on, Lisa realizes she’s pregnant and cannot for the life of her recall her one night stand. However, she gets a breakthrough when she notices a familiar face on the cover of a magazine. Lo and behold it is her one night stand and is apparently standing at the helm of a multinational technology firm as the CEO. This is where we are properly introduced to Joyce (Catherine Kamau), Lisa’s best friend. Joyce comes up with a scheme that you just have to watch the movie to see unravel.

The Secret Sauce of the Movie

Lisa

Sarah Hassan Plan B movie poster

Plan B owes virtually everything to the stellar performance of its cast. The acting is award-worthy. The makers of the movie really put some thought into character development and the directing to bring these characters to life is superb. Audiences can relate to each character especially Lisa. We witness a girl who is dumped for being too nice transform into a strong woman who is no longer afraid to ask for what she deserves and is unwilling to settle for less. But the real magic trick on display here by Sarah Hassan is how she still manages to portray that nice little girl at the beginning of the movie that goes on to win the heart of Dele.

Joyce

Catherine Kamau Plan B movie poster

Catherine Kamau’s performance as Joyce is also another highlight of the movie. Catherine Kamau blows away Kenyans with how she transforms from arguably her most famous character, Selina in the drama series Mother in Law to Joyce. In the former character role, she mostly faces persecution from her mother in law and does well to portray a suffering character who tries to juggle the roles of being a wife and dealing with the proverbial mother in law from hell.

In Plan B she is quite the opposite. She is upbeat, funny, and does not take herself too seriously which allows her to play the classic best friend to the main protagonist in a romantic movie. The only criticism in Catherine’s performance is she may have had a few false starts on some of her lines and maybe one or two instances where she did not quite finish her rapidly voiced sentences.

Dele

Plan B scene shot with Lisa and Dele

While each and every member of the cast does an amazing job these two women really stand out. All the same, we cannot go without mentioning Daniel Etim Effiong’s portrayal of Dele. The suave character is easy to love and hate in equal measure as he transforms from a wealthy playboy to well, a still wealthy but more romantic man.

Moral of the Story

Plan B’s plot and characters are sure to draw in audiences because of the social issues highlighted in the film. What makes Plan B a masterpiece is how it manages to highlight deep and controversial social issues without being too obvious about it or without compromising the story itself. For example, when Lisa found out she was pregnant with the father possibly gone with the wind, little was said about abortion. Doubtless, this is a thought that crossed the minds of literally anyone who watched the movie.

The issue of wealth inequality also comes to the fore as Dele and Lisa are world’s apart financially. Joyce does a good job of highlighting the wealth gap between the two main protagonists by continually exclaiming at almost every instance there is mention of money. In fact, if it was not for Joyce we probably would not have known how “financially challenged” Lisa was. Her boyfriend is off to France and she seems willing and capable to move to France with him. She is drinking at a club where the likes of Dele hang out. She is never fazed by the figures Dele spews out as hush money.

Verdict

All said and done, Plan B is a benchmark movie that hopefully sets the pace for future local movies. The camera work is good and notably does a good job of setting the scene. Oblique overhead shots of the city set the scene in most of Dele’s scenes. Shots of sun rays making their way through tree branches and leaves prepare us for most of Lisa’s scenes. A little camera trick to contrast the two protagonists. The music for the movie is also quite good featuring some local songs.

Lowladee

Credit goes to the talented LowlaDee aka Dolapo Adekele for giving us Plan B. At only 28 years old (at the time of this review) the young filmmaker proves that indeed dreams are valid. A solid 9/10 from us here for the movie Plan B! If the red color of love has you inspired check out our review of this red hot Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

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