Writer: Samantha Iwowo (Screenplay)
Starring: William R Moses, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Dayton Sinkia
Plot: Based on True Events. A story about the 1st oil well drilled in Nigeria and how the impact has affected a small Nigerian Delta Village (Oloibiri) and the lives of those involved.
Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: The Shocking Truth
Story: Blood & Oil starts after oil is discovered in a small Nigerian village of Oloibiri, the locals under a man known as Gunpowder (Mofe-Damijo) look to control the people, while businessman Powell (Moses) wants fair working conditions on everyone working for the transport of the oil.
Where the oil wasn’t controlled properly the first time, it led to the locals becoming sick and dying, this has led to the tension growing between the two sides when the new investment arrives with the locals not wanting to risk the lives of their own children.
Thoughts on Blood & Oil
Characters – Powell is the businessman that wants to run an oil business in Nigeria, he wants a honest business, with safe working and environmentally friendly towards the neighbourhood, unlike the previous people that run the company, he finds himself on the run after the locals want nothing to do with him. Gunpowder runs the local area, believing the oil will in fact be his to control, he rules by killing and forcing people to give him what he wants. He is feared by most of the locals in the area. Azu works for Powell, he has seen the consequences of the oil in his country and is torn between which side to be working on.
Performances – William R Moses is the America figure in the film and does a good job which is mostly trying to do the right thing. Richard Mofe-Damijo does bring us a character that does strike fear into the audience with just how dominate he makes his character.
Story – The story here shows how one Nigerian village is dealing with the latest oil discovery and soon we see just how the different sides react to the latest look at investment. This does show us just how the oil business will make people do the craziest things for greed, we see how relationship between outsiders had become strained because of the actions of the people beforehand. We see how this behaviour is still happening in the modern times which shows how oil is only going to drive people to do crazy actions.
Action – The action in the film comes from the militant behaviour of the Gunpowder and his men that use their guns to control people.
Settings – The film is set in Nigeria in one village that shows how the people here have been affected for years and turned the mentality of the people in the area.
Final Thoughts – This is an interesting look at how the mentality of people when it comes to oil and the potential money that could come from controlling it.
Overall: Interesting look at the oil industry.