Headgone: Directed by Dare Fasasi, producers Lanre and Dare Fasasi
Starring: 2face, Alibaba, Basketmouth, Basorg Tariha, Sound Sultan, Akpororo, Eniola Badmus, Wale Ojo, I.K Osakioduwa, Peter Fatomilola, Papi Aluwe, Saka, Segun Adefila, Tunde Obalana and more.
The brothers, Lanre and Dare Fasasi, after spending more than a
decade as 2 of pop music’s most consistent acts, turn their sights to
filmmaking with Head gone, a star studded slapstick comedy that is big on promise but small on delivery. From their Naija Ninja production stable, Head gone is produced by Lanre (Sound Sultan) and directed by Dare Fasasi (Baba Dee).
It isn’t so much a credible, coherent film as it is a weird mishmash
of events, people and actions- both sane and insane that finds it
footing in many ways but still loses a lot of its punch. Head gone
may well have been better received and definitely would have seemed
more of a novel idea had it not come so soon after AY Makun’s funnier 30 Days in Atlanta.
In some ways- the depth of performances, the attempt at creating an
organic plot that flows towards some sort of conclusion, the directing,-
Head gone is a better film than 30 Days in Atlanta.
But in other ways- the erratic editing, tacky scene changes, dubious
overacting and lesser laugh a minute opportunities, it is the inferior
A shifty medical officer, his clueless nurse (Eniola Badmus) and
hopeless staff driver (Sunday Omobolanle) are on their way to a
secondary tier psychiatric centre with a bus load of patients suffering
from one mental condition or the other. They make a careless decision
and somehow, the bus is left unattended to and the patients; among whom
are a dangerous schizophrenic, an obsessive compulsive, and a retired
army officer suffering from delusions of grandeur make a beeline for
freedom, mixing freely with the general populace.
To cover up this scandal, the health workers fill up the bus with as
many people as they can pick up on the way- both sane and insane,- and
cause far reaching repercussions upon arrival at their destination.
The film makes an attempt to follow through on some of the escapees
as they are involved in various madcap encounters. Throw into the mix,
IK Osakioduwa playing the least convincing doctor ever put on film.
Impressed by an elder colleague whose skills he is about to benefit
from, Osakioduwa gushes to a nurse “He has done so much for the
industry.” Nowhere in the world would a doctor ever refer to the
profession as an industry.
There is also the sub-plot of some prison warders who are ferrying a
hardened criminal to a secure location but somehow lose control of their
prized possession. And a tangential scene where Sound Sultan appears in
All the comic skits somehow add up to a whole that is not quite
palatable. The end product is made more bearable by the sheer wattage of
stars present to light up or chew up scenery as the case may be. Of all
the heavyweights present, no one chews up scenery better than comedian
Akpororo, who plays a compulsive thief shepherded into a mental
institution. He overplays every facial tic, exaggerates every walk in
order to milk the last laugh from the audience. His style works
initially but quickly begins to drag.
Other players stay in their own lanes and play off each other
smartly. The story comes to a sort of climax where secrets become open
and the bad guys get their just desserts. There are no good guys in this
meddlesome mix but there is an ending that hints ever so slightly of a
As long as the laughs come harder and faster in the inevitable sequel
than they do here, then there may be redemption yet for this property.
– The writer, by Wilfred Okiche tweets from @drwill20