By now, youve in all probability heard all the excitement across the sequel of Nollywoods iconic, Residing in Bondage film. Final weekend, on November 2nd, I acquired the possibility to attend the premiere of the film and with out giving freely any spoilers, listed here are my ideas.

First, let me begin by providing you with some context. The unique movies premise was easy: Andy Okeke (Kenneth Okonkwo), a hardworking younger man down on his luck, sacrifices his loving spouse Benefit (Nnenna Nwabueze) for unimaginable wealth. The catch is that her spirit haunts him and he by no means actually will get to get pleasure from that wealth; therefore, he’s dwelling in bondage.

Noble Ezeala shares his Opinion on Anticipated Movie ‘Living In Bondage – Breaking Free’

It’s a type of films that you just virtually dont need anybody to the touch. It was an ideal story and held a lot nostalgia, you cant assist however really feel anybody who makes an attempt to re-create it, will break your childhood reminiscence. After which just a few years in the past, I heard Charles Okpaleke (the Government Producer) and Ramsey Nouah,announce they’ve acquired the rights to the movie. My skepticism radar went up however having watched it now, all I can say is boy, did they ship!

Residing in Bondage: Breaking Free tells the story of Nnamdi Okeke (Swanky JKA), Andys estranged son. Equally down on his luck, circumstances lead him to take the identical path as his father (although he is a little more nave about it). Ultimately, he realizes just a little too late that the trail he’s on can solely result in damnation. In his debut main position, Swanky delivers a laudable and plausible efficiency as a relatable younger man with large desires who falls into the laulau way of life entice many younger folks at the moment discover themselves in. His character is lured in with alternatives, not simply the cash, and he quickly he isn’t capable of separate himself from the truth of what he turns into part of. His relationship with Andy was fascinating to observe seeing as he was by no means talked about within the unique story. The relation is an effective way of connecting the unique with the sequel by displaying how the characters, these most weren’t within the new film, had been nonetheless so related to how we acquired to this sequel.

A really fascinating character within the story is Kelly (Munachi Abii). As Nnamdis love curiosity, I couldn’t assist however examine her to Benefit, Andys doting spouse from the primary Residing in Bondage. Benefit was an angel in life and an angel of vengeance in dying. By no means sullied, at all times good. She cares for Andy deeply and rebuffs advances from rich males for her religion on this love. She trusts Andy a lot until the belief leads her to an early grave. Kelly, on the opposite hand, isn’t any angel. A minimum of not like Benefit. Shes a pointy babe who is aware of higher and it was gratifying to observe how she navigates the craziness that turns into Nnamdis life. Her character is a little more advanced and also you by no means get to really feel a way of pity for her all by the film as a result of she is neither helpless nor nave.

Noble Ezeala shares his Opinion on Anticipated Movie ‘Living In Bondage – Breaking Free’

One other character central to the success of Breaking Free is that of Richard Williams (Ramsey Nouah) who’s the chief of the occult group; The Six. In his celebrated profession, Nouah has performed every part from the rambunctious baby who disobeys his dad and mom to completely different variations of the heartthrob who goes after the lady and (normally) wins. Not since Harmful Twins, nevertheless, have we gotten to see him play such a deliciously evil character. Richard Williams instructions consideration with his allure and his presence. The way in which the character is portrayed will not be clich within the slightest.

After years of telling tales that contain secret cults, Nollywood administrators appeared to settle on the presentation of cult leaders as clearly maniacal characters. Richard Williams, nevertheless, embodies the type of charisma that I think about a person who runs a satan cult would want to recruit extra members. Maybe because it was his debut directorial position, Nouah was capable of current the character true to his imaginative and prescient and, as such, created a Nollywood villain worthy of 2019. He was understated, however you at all times felt a way of unease when he was on display. Even right down to how his powers had been used; there was no cartoonish thunder coming from his fingers, however you may inform precisely what was occurring. There’s a scene the place he has a battle with Andy, and it’s so well-executed that it jogged my memory of season four of True Blood (the season with the witch). In all, he was a well-thought-out and executed character from begin to end.

Noble Ezeala shares his Opinion on Anticipated Movie ‘Living In Bondage – Breaking Free’

A small but noticeable setback with the Residing in Bondage sequel was that it felt as if the older characters from the primary film had been a bit under-utilized. After 27 years, it’s unbelievable that Kenneth Okonkwo, Kanayo O. Kanayo (Chief Omego) and Bob-Manuel Udokwu (Mike) had been capable of reprise their well-known roles as soon as once more. Nonetheless, it will have been nice to see their characters develop a bit extra on this new story. On the finish of the primary Residing in Bondage, Andy goes mad and is ultimately healed after confessing to Deserves homicide and repenting. In Breaking Free, he continues this arc as a Pastor preventing to maintain his son from committing the sins of his father. Chief Omegos character stays a scary cultist who brings his son, Obinna (Eyinna Nwigwe) into the household commerce and whose identify rings worry within the hearts of these within the know. Mikes character, nevertheless, seems like he was solely inserted within the film for nostalgia worth as he doesn’t add a lot to the story apart from his presence.

A part of what made the primary Residing in Bondage so iconic was the worry issue derived from its particular results. As one may count on from a film in regards to the occult from that interval, the particular results ended at showing and disappearing ghost Benefit and a whole lot of ominous music. Breaking Free introduced these particular results into 2019 with flawlessly used expertise. The ghost within the film was harking back to the 92 title, as she appeared most unexpectedly and haunts her father, Obinna Omego, by merely standing there. There was additionally a really well-done scene within the cult the place the deity they worship enveloped a girl in a cloud of smoke that got here out of a gap within the floor. There was no cheesy-ness to those scenes, and it added a lot in making the story much more compelling. This modernity unfold into the videography and cinematography because the film has gorgeous scenes from throughout Lagos (not simply Lekki-Ikoyi Hyperlink Bridge) and Dubai the place Nnamdi is taken to be additional seduced into the approach to life.

It was fascinating to match this to the best way Andy is wooed within the first Residing in Bondage because it reveals how instances and perceptions of a rich way of life have modified during the last 27 years. Moderately than lavish home events with highlife kings blowing praises at us, we now get pleasure from journeys on non-public plans to unique places the place we social gathering on boats with beautiful girls.

Noble Ezeala shares his Opinion on Anticipated Movie ‘Living In Bondage – Breaking Free’

From the plot alone, it will seem to be Breaking Free is a fundamental rehashing of the previous story. Nonetheless, that’s merely not true because the screenplay, written by Nicole Asinugo and edited by C.J. Obasi, strikes right into a 2019 narrative by creating extra advanced characters, who are usually not simply good or simply evil, and focusing on how ill-gotten wealth traps you. Nnamdi is quintessentially a very good man who loves his household and desires to make one thing of himself. He doesn’t got down to comply with the trail he does, however ultimately finds himself in it and is nearly helpless to the results. In a world the place persons are going quickly mad in public, consuming Ghana burger, and doing all types of evil issues to realize wealth, it’s nonetheless such a related story that must be advised time and again.

So far as sequels go, Breaking Free is a triumph for Nollywood. For one, it’s the first main sequel manufactured from a Nollywood film. In the previous, sequels have been introduced in Nollywood because the continuation of the film which couldn’t all match on one tape/disc. With this new path, we could also be seeing Nollywood comply with in Hollywoods footsteps by bringing again different classics. I’d personally get pleasure from seeing the ‘Mami Wata‘ films of the 90s, like Nneka the Fairly Serpent and Karashika, retold for 2019 by compelling writers and administrators who could make them related for todays viewers. It’s a welcome transfer away from the ten million wedding-themed films that adopted The Wedding ceremony Occasion and a foray into extra explorative storytelling.

Residing in Bondage: Breaking Free hits cinemas tomorrow, November 8. Be sure to go see it!

Writers bioNoble Ezeala is a educated Lawyer and is the previous Editor of The Luxe Digest. In his spare time, he holds a spot on Speed up TVs Shade Nook and enjoys watching previous Nollywood flicks.

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