Nollywood ace actor, Jim Iyke, is set to release his debut film as an executive producer. The film titled Bad Comments is set to be released in Nigerian cinemas on 27th August 2021.
Bad Comments is a fast-paced fusion of drama and thriller, with a blend of momentary comedic reliefs. Inspired by true-life events, it mirrors the life of celebrities and how their careers can be at the mercy of propaganda circulated by social media trolls.
Bad Comments follows the life of film star Frank Orji (Jim Iyke) who finds his flourishing film career go down the drain following an edited video clip of him in a fight finding its way to the internet. The once-beloved actor becomes an object of ridicule as friends, colleagues, business associates, and staff quickly disassociate from him.
He goes down an emotional bend and turns to his dark side following excessive bullying by internet trolls. On a quest to bring down those who have ruined his career, he employs the services of a cyber hacker, a bodyguard and assisted by his efficient personal assistant, Hilda (Osas Ighodaro), they track down the internet trolls and serve them a taste of their medicine.
Viewers can be assured that they will be left glued to their screens as the race begins to unravel the mystery shrouding a particular troll. Interestingly, Frank finds love in the unlikeliest of places and the uncommon plot twist at the end is potent enough to provoke ecstatic reactions from an audience.
Bad Comments stars Jim Iyke in the lead role, supported by other ace actors such as Osas Ighodaro, Sharon Ooja, Chinwetela Agu, Patience Ozokwor, Ruggedman, Ini Edo and Timaya, among others.
Speaking at the end of the press screening, an excited Jim, expressed satisfaction about the reaction that the film elicited at the private screening.
“What we intended to achieve is telling a story that resonates with each and everyone in the room; such that when you watch Bad Comments, you can either relate directly with a character or know someone who has had a similar experience. And with the reaction in the room today, I am convinced that we achieved it,” he said.
When asked if the lead character’s reactions were influenced by his personality, Jim responded,
“One can never tell how far they would go in defending themselves or their loved ones if they are subjected to such attacks, capable of hurting their mental health.”
Shedding light on what inspired the story, director Moses Inwang, famous for films such as Merry Men 2, Alter Ego and Lockdown, explained;
“This film is partly inspired by our friend’s experience – a notable celebrity. He was devastated by the impact of a troll’s attack on social media and we pondered on what a possible reaction would be. I hinted Jim Iyke and he took interest in it, and so, we teamed up to make magic.”
Moses who also worked with Jim Iyke while shooting Merry Men 2.
“I first spoke to Jim about the idea in an elevator while returning to our rooms after a hectic day on set. Months later, he called me up to ask about it and that was when I recognized that there was potential in the story because Jim is not easily fascinated.”
Distributors, FilmOne Entertainment, are optimistic about the performance of the film when released. Speaking at the screening, Head of Distribution Ladun Awobokun was enthusiastic.
“It is amazing to see the quality of stories emanating from our creatives, and that are being developed into big screen content. Bad Comments is a precise example of how stories should be told and gives hope to the quality of export we present to the global audience. I can’t wait to see the massive reception it would get from viewers,” she said.
Bad Comments opens in cinemas across Nigeria and Ghana, from Friday 27th August 2021.