Lusala (2019) Movie Review

Lusala – Movie Review


Director: Mugambi Nthiga

Writer: Wanjeri Gakuru, Silas Miami, Oprah Oyugi (Screenplay)


  • Brian Ogola
  • Stycia Waweru
  • Alan Oyugi
  • Alyce Wangair
  • Mkamzaa Chao Mwatela

Plot: Lusala, adopted by an affluent Nairobi family a decade ago is imposed on to leave home and start on his own. Eager and willing at first, he makes the most of his life, until the demons from his past return, and he faces them on his own.

Runtime: 1 Hour 5 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Lusala starts as a young Lusala escapes his abusive home, he gets adopted by a family in Nairobi. Here, Lusala (Ogola) grows up to have a normal life until he must take his first steps alone in life. The family look to support him with this process, only for his past to start catching up with him.

This sends Lusala down a dangerous path as he finds himself getting into trouble and pushing his adopted family further away after everything, they did for him. Only for him to need to challenge himself to make it through this difficult time in his life.

Verdict on Lusala

Lusala is a drama that comes an abused child that gets a second chance at life. He gets raised in an honest family that treats him well and prepares him for adulthood. Only his past comes back to haunt him, showing he is scared to repeat his past to people in the future.

This is a powerful drama that shows how easily someone can fall into an abusive childhood. By not doing anything wrong and still being haunted by it. It shows how other countries don’t have the same laws to protect children and even with the right family, the trauma will still haunt them,

The performance from Brian Ogola is the standout in the movie. He brings to life the lead character, showing the positive side of his life, as well as the nightmare side still causing him problems.

Where to Watch: Lusala is available to watch on Netflix.

Final Thoughts Lusala is a powerful drama about the consequences of an abusive upbringing.

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