Blood Sisters (2022) review: Extraordinary Nollywood thriller

A Nigerian crime thriller, ‘Blood Sisters’ follows two best friends, Sarah and Kemi, as they get caught up in a precarious situation leading to the mysterious disappearance of Sarah’s fiance Kola. It is currently streaming on Netflix.

Story

Guests are gathered to celebrate the engagement of Sarah and Kola but an unforeseen occurrence puts a stop to the celebration, followed by a series of unfortunate events for everyone, especially Sarah and Kemi.

Kola, on the day of their wedding, compels Sarah to change her attire as it seemed inappropriate to him. Kemi, Sarah’s best friend, notices and questions it.

Meanwhile, Sarah’s ex-lover Kenny shows up at the venue, begging her to not marry Kola and come back to him.

Akin, Kola’s best friend, deals with the situation as Kola sends Uncle B to teach Kenny a lesson.

Infuriated, Kola meets Sarah in private, interrogates her and hits her, claiming he feels betrayed. 

At dinner, the couple pretends that nothing happened, but Kemi notices Sarah’s discomfort and gets curious. That is when Kola’s sister Timeyin is introduced as she is fresh off rehab from abroad.

Later, Kemi discovers that Sarah is being abused by Kola and asks her to break the marriage and confront Kola about it.

Sarah is reluctant but gives in and talks to her mother about it. Her mother asks her to wipe her tears away and continue with the wedding, and to realise that so much more is at stake than her.

On the wedding day, Sarah meets Kola in private to break the wedding off. Kola is enraged by this and tries to choke her.

Luckily, Kemi walks in and saves Sarah, but Kola is adamant to kill the both of them. Kemi ends up killing Kola to save their lives.

Trying to flee the country and save themselves from more misery, Kemi and Sarah get caught up in their life as fugitives from thereon, while many secrets of the Ademola family are discovered.

Performances

Nancy Isime and Ini Dima-Okojie, Kemi and Sarah respectively, carry the suspense and unpredictability of the show, while giving the viewers a genuine portrayal of all their trials and tribulations.

Kate Henshaw, playing the head of the Ademola family, Uduak, gives off a crooked and vile aura, convincingly portraying her character’s villainess.

Gabriel Afolayan and Kehinde Bankole, playing the roles of Femi and his wife, are cast perfectly as their body language makes it easier to villainise them at first and later their bond grows with the audience as they continue watching.

Ramsey Nouah, who played the role of Uncle B, draws the audience in with his serious facial expressions and his hitman bodyguard nature.

The actors owned and embodied their characters and accompanied the viewers on the ride of an emotional rollercoaster.

Positives

Blood Sisters has captured, in its four parts, major social issues while also giving the audience some thriller to look forward to.

One twist after another gives the web series unpredictability points as it keeps the audience at the edge of their seats with every turn it takes.

The dialogues do not seem forced or cliche and make it all the more believable for the viewers.

There is more representation on Netflix as it finally ventures into Nollywood and rightfully enhances the creativity of Nigeria’s film and TV industry.

The themes explored in Blood Sisters are relatable and close to the audience worldwide, making it a clever basis for a thriller.

Negatives

The details about the relationship between Sarah and Kola, apart from the abuse, have not been explored enough.

The writing somewhat borders on the melodramatic in certain instances.

The ending leaves the viewers with an unnecessary cliffhanger, which could have been a great conclusion in another case.

Verdict

Blood Sisters was suspenseful, and unpredictable and narrated an enthralling story, while also addressing major issues, innovatively. While being a bit melodramatic, the web series does not disappoint with its plot and performances and is worth a watch.

Rating: 3.5/5


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