Walter Taylaur’s crime drama Gbomo Gbomo Express is returning to Netflix. The film, a spinoff of the series Married to the Game, was one of the first Nigerian films on Netflix, most of which have been yanked off for a newer set of releases. Now, the streaming giant is bringing some of them back.
“Happy to share that Gbomo Gbomo Express will be one of five Nigerian films making a return for its second run on Netflix,” Taylaur shared on his Instagram page. “Guess the initial two years wasn’t enough for Oliver Twist. Shout out to the entire cast and crew. We made a modern cult classic.”
Gbomo Gbomo Express centers on the kidnapping of Austin Mba, a record label boss, and a beautiful socialite he meets at a club. While trying to get Austin’s business partner, Rotimi, to pay the ransom, things get complicated for the incompetent kidnappers.
The film, written by Taylaur and Scot Eritemu, stars Ramsey Nouah, Gideon Okeke, Osas Ighadaro, Gbenro Ajibade, Shaffy Bello and Blossom Chukwujekwu.
In film critic Oris Aigbokhaevbolo’s not-so-merry review, he praised the camerawork while faulting the performances of some key cast members. “As for the acting, Ighodaro is competent as a drunken brat,” he says. “She may not even be acting, as she doesn’t have to do much or be less of the moneyed middle class than she is in real life.”
Nollywood Reinvented was less merry: “By the end of the movie though, there really isn’t much of an investment between the viewer and the characters. The characters are easily forgettable and so was the movie.”
Watch Gbomo Gbomo Express on Netflix when it comes out.