MOVIE REVIEW: “Patrick Syndrome,” produced by Seyi Obembe


Reviewed by Ajibare Abioye

Hey folks! You’re welcome to the review of Patrick Syndrome written by Seyi Obembe. It was directed by Adeoye Omoniyi, shot and edited by Akin Alabi and features a star-studded line-up of actors like Seyi Obembe himself, Juliana Olayode, Iybee Senior, Doyin Hassan, Abiodun Morakinyo, Sam Ajibola, IfeOluwa Seyi-Obembe, Ayo Ajewole (Woli Agba), Olamide Oladimeji (Dele Omo Wooli) and a host of others.

Ajibare Abioye

Patrick Syndrome lives up to its billing of belonging to the DraMusiComedy genre. Its story is an excellent one told in a high picture quality using beautiful settings, and shares profound truths from the Holy Spirit about fulfilling God’s purpose for your life, workplace wickedness and has something on the choice of a life partner.

For the music aspect, Patrick Syndrome has really good scores well spread across the span of the entire movie, though they felt short because they were really melodious and sometimes served as transition to other scenes. This movie then did something really priceless at the end credits: it listed the titles of each song used in the film and went further to state their composers and performers; that was very professional. Many times, the audience falls in love with certain soundtracks in movies and we begin to wonder what their titles are and how to get them. Here, we’re given some of that information and I think the producers could go a step further by creating a digital music album that comprises all the original soundtracks used in Patrick Syndrome either for purchase or free download, so that fans can have access to them.

If there was one thing I desired for Patrick Syndrome, I only wished it was longer, because this film, I tell you, was no mean feat. Patrick Syndrome invests time, energy and resources into the creation of elements that are enough to make it a two-hour movie conveniently: apart from the dramatic and musical aspects I’ve mentioned, I’d assert that every character brought in for that comedic touch, such as Sam Ajibola, Woli Agba and Dele Omo Woli all owned their scenes and delivered their humorous lines and actions with remarkable accuracy. What got me further amazed was that for a scene or two, Patrick Syndrome looked like it was going to explore the Spy film genre, apart from the Science Fiction elements it uses in its background. So, believe me when I say that this movie is a fantastic work of art. There’s something done with The Final Contest and I’d like something similar done here too. Permit me to elucidate.

I first came across The Final Contest on YouTube as a 124-minute movie, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Last year, I encountered a DVD version of it that was nearly thirty minutes longer than the first and it had new scenes. My respect for the producer went through the roof because I observed that the new scenes weren’t missed in the YouTube version, though those scenes filled in a few gaps in knowledge. My point in saying all this is that the producers left the room for improvement open even after mass DVD production, trimming scenes where necessary and possible to give the audience greater value for their time.

On the flip side, maybe much later and through the same or another medium, an extended version of Patrick Syndrome could be made available, where the plot would be more steadily built: we’d see more of the village missionary and how much the pandemic affected the Ewenla community, the TedX scene would be given greater power, considering the magnitude of that platform, we’d know why Dr Patrick went to meet Woli Jerubaal, how the MD became a child of God; all these and there would be a better ordering of events that would make for a richer watching experience.

The movie ends on a very inspiring note, and then, after the dust had settled, I asked myself, “What is the Patrick Syndrome?” according to the movie. Simply put, it’s a manifestation of the power of God. I highly recommend it for your viewing pleasure and blessedness.

Alright, we’ve come to the end of the review of Patrick Syndrome. Have you seen it? What did you think about it? What is the Patrick Syndrome? Please, let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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