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(+SYNOPSIS) MOVIE REVIEW- LIVING IN BONDAGE “BREAKING FREE” THIS IS A MOVIE NOT TO BE WATCHED ONCE BUT COUNTLESSLY. HOWEVER, HERE IS THE BIG FLAW IN THE MOVIE THAT EVEN RAMSEY NOAH DID NOT NOTICE…

Well, since I couldn’t stop watching the movie “Living In Bondage- Breaking Free,”  I decided to review it, even though Ogefash Photo Blog is on temporary break till we are able to push for sponsors for the seven major columns of the blog which are quite costly to acquire and then publish….

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So to the review of Living in Bondage…

When you watch the beginning of this movie ehn, you would think the next scene and the next one would follow suit; but it doesn’t. What do I mean? The movie which kicked off with Obinna Omego (Acted by Enyinna Nwigwe) killing his only child- Kosi Omego (Acted by Ignatus Chisom Charlene) with a cutlass presented the movie like one that all the scenes were going to be extremely bloody. But if you ask me, there were no bloody scenes at all, except the scene Obinna jumped from the upper floor of his house and the scene Nnamdi Okeke (Jidekene Achufusi)  stabbed himself; and really those scenes were really not scary or bloody to a large extent, but the sound effect and the skillful use of evening scenes helped to make the film look scary.

The movie is quite lengthy, and the intrigue after two or three scenes dropped, but soon came rolling back. I am so stuck to this movie.  The first place I watched the movie was at my sister’s place Barrister Ayeni and I instantly fell in love with the movie.  I have watched the movie countless times and I must say to you that is reading this review; this movie is certainly not one to be watched once but severally.

I just love this movie especially the latter part of the movie. In particular, that scene Richard (Acted by Ramsey Noah) commanded Nnamdi (Acted by Jidekene Achufusi) to kill his cousin Tobe Nworie (Acted by Shawn Faqua). For that particular scene, I love the sound effect, digital effect, the camera movement, the expressions of the actors “Nnamdi and Tobe” and Richard’s voice over /laughter “…Do it, I said do it….hahahah, do it, don’t be a coward…”. Infact, I keep rewinding and watching that particular scene over and over again. That is actually my best scene in the movie. View the scene at 2 hours 16 minutes of the movie.

 

Wait o, have I told y’all what the movie “Living in Bondage- Breaking free” is all about? No I guess! Pardon me; I am still oozing the pleasure I derived in watching the movie.

So, here goes what the movie is all about…

SYNOPSIS TO THE MOVIE “LIVING IN BONDAGE- BREAKING FREE”

“Living in Bondage- Breaking free” is a sequel to “Living in Bondage part 1 and 2” shot in the year 1992 and 1993 respectively.

The 1992/1993 version of Living in Bondage tells the story of various men who in the bid to be wealthy joined a demonic cult/brotherhood known as the “Six.” Joining the “Six” requires one to sacrifice the wife, children or any of his/her loved ones to get wealth. The major character Andy Okeke (Acted by Keneth Okwonkwo) was also part of this demonic cult/brotherhood. He reluctantly sacrificed his wife- Merit (Acted by Nnenna Nwabueze) as a payback for all the wealth given unto him.  He lived larger than life even though his wife’s spirit tormented him. Andy’s conscience pricked him constantly. One day someone preached to him, took him to the church and won his soul for Christ. Andy repented of his sins and became a new creature. He became firm in the Lord and broke any covenant with the demonic cult. Meanwhile, Andy had a mistress- Ego (Acted by Ngozi Nwosu) who was pregnant for him but never told him about the pregnancy since Ego and family think Andy was still part of the cult. Ego eventually gave birth to a boy and named him Nnamdi Okeke (Acted by Jidekene Achufusi). Before Ego died, she took Nnamdi to her sisters – Eunice Nworie (Acted by Ebere Okaro) and husband’s place- Pascal Nworie (Acted by Zulu Adigwe) where he grew up without knowing his real father- Andy Okeke…

(Sorry, I may not be able to give you more details about the 1992/1993 Living in bondage; I was pretty small when I watched it. But I remember it being scary and about the synopsis already given. If you have more details; kindly share)

SYNOPSIS TO 2019/2020 LIVING IN BONDAGE “BREAKING FREE”

Andy Okeke’s  son- Nnamdi (Acted by Jidekene Achufusi) is now a grown up man; he is in his late 20’s. He desires to meet his father but the Nwories – “Eunice and Pascal (Acted by Ebere Okaro and Zulu Adigwe) who took care of him after his mother’s death don’t want him to meet his father because they think Andy is still a ritualist.

Nnamdi just like his father- Andy when he was of his age, is also ambitious. He desires the key to good life. He wants to drive luxury cars and live extra large. One day, after Sunday service, he stumbles on Nneka Omego (Acted by Ndidi Obi) who offers to introduce him to her husband- Chief Emeka Omego (Acted by Kanayo O Kanayo) who was also running for the seat of the governor of his state. Nnamdi hooks up with Chief Omego who connects him to Richard Williams (Acted by Ramsey Noah); Nnamdi is oblivious of the fact that his connection to Richard means connection to the dark lord who requires the sacrifice of their loved ones.

Nnamdi soon starts living large through the help of Richard Williams. Little did he know that the payback for the wealth given to him was a sacrifice of the one he loves.  Day in day out, Nnamdi is enticed with lots of money, cars, wrist watches and people at the top. He used to have a slim account which had only “Five thousand three hundred and forty seven naira (5347)”, but it became fat with about “100s of millions of naira.”

One day, Nnamdi’s father- Andy Okeke (Who by the way was introduced in the 45 minutes if the movie) who is now a priest and runs his own church gets to find out  that he has a son- Nnamdi through an inquisitive blogger- Uzoma Chukwu (Acted by David Jones) who wants to bring down Richard Williams (Acted by Ramsey Noah)  and his entire cult members after his in-law Obinna Omego (Acted by Enyinna Nwigwe), who was also part of the cult used his own sister and niece for ritual.

When Andy Okeke finally finds his son- Nnamdi Okeke, he immediately warns him about Richard, his demonic cult and the dangers of still sticking around him. Andy implores Nnamdi to be careful so that he doesn’t retie the knot he has successfully broken with the cult. But Nnamdi shawn him thinking he wanted to play father suddenly when he was never there for him as a child……

Nnamdi kept the closeness with Richard and his big friends, and his wealth kept on increasing. Months after, payback day came and it was time for Nnamdi to give back to the dark lord of the demonic cult. When the dark lord requested for the one woman he has ever loved- Kelly (Acted by Munachi  Abii) and later his bosom cousin- Tobe (Acted by Shawn Faqua), he then regretted not listening to his father…

Now, he wants to pull out, but Richard won’t allow him do that without paying back for the riches they have given to him. He has to either sacrifice Kelly or Tobe.  Would Nnamdi sacrifice any of them? Or would he sacrifice himself? He must pay for all he don chop…Find out in the below clips…

REVIEW CONTINUED

Woh what a lengthy movie! But it is worth watching though. I am still wondering if that first scene was necessary. Richard said the cult members need not chop off the head of anybody; all they need do is bring the name of the person they want to sacrifice to the altar. So, how come Obinna Omego (Acted by Enyinna Nwigwe) had to chop off the daughter’s head?  Why did he not take her name to the altar? I guess they just wanted viewers to think the movie is going to be bloody like the 1992 version; which wasn’t really bloody.  After the first scene, they couldn’t keep up the tempo, except the club scene though. They had to quickly add a club scene after the bloody scene to make it lively and hold down viewers. What y’all think?

That club scene really got me laughing non-stop. Nnamdi and his friend really acted that scene well. Their expressions matched their dialogues; they really made that scene interesting to watch.

VIEW SOME OTHER FUNNY SCENES.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT “LIVING IN BONDAGE- BREAKING FREE” MOVIE 2019/2020

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Location: I love the fact that they were realistic about apportioning locations to the characters; this is really rare in Nollywood. They looked for accommodations that matched the status of each character and not just put all the characters whether rich or poor in a gigantic mansion. For instance, at the beginning of the movie, we saw how Nnamdi was struggling;  so it would have been unrealistic giving him a big duplex to live in. So, kudos to the location manager! Also, Pascal and Eunice Nwories’ house was not something too expensive; it matched their status. Kudos again to the location manager!

CHARACTERS/ SCENES

The characters interpreted their roles flawlessly. They acted like people who were not aware of the cameras right in front of them.

The name mention was good but could have been better. On many occasions, we heard the name Nnamdi, Tobe, Kelly, Richard, Omego and so on. Name mention is pivotal when shooting a movie as it helps viewers easily identify the characters.

Moving on, some scenes were unnecessary, especially in the first 1 hour of the movie; they would have been better off if shot thesame way they had done in the scenes where Nnamdi was setting up his office.

Dialogue

I love the dialogue employed by the characters in the movie; very interesting. Their interesting dialogue equally made the film interesting to watch. I love their transition from English Language to Igbo Language and back to English.  However, I have an issue with the non-translation of the Igbo spoken by some of the characters to English. They should have paid someone to translate those parts…

If you paid proper attention to their dialogues or activities in each scene, you would tell that the characters always reveal what is coming next, or the pictures tell what has happened or what would happen next.

There were however some not so connecting dialogues, and that is the dialogue between Andy Okeke and Uzoma the blogger. Their dialogue was really off for me…

CULTURE:

The movie brought out the Igbo culture; dance, dressing and Language. But the Igbo food and hairstyle was missing in action…

Cinematography: All techniques employed in each scene of the movie revealed the superb cinematography of the movie. The light scene, the color tells us what is happening in the scene, and to the character.  I love the camera movement.  I love the use of their fade in-fadeout techniques. I love the background activities the camera focused on; moving away his lens from the major character for a while. Like there was a scene we saw a boy buy ten naira cheese ball, a scene were two lovers were chatting in a Yoruba language, a seen where a man is hawking water, a scene were some one is selling watermelon,  and a scene were a group of men gathered to gist.

The digital effects are on point. I love the transition from day to night scenes and vice versa.   One can easily tell the no of days, months, and years that had passed after a particular scene from their dialogue and the flow of activities. However,  there was a major flaw I noted in terms of year that had passed.  Here goes…

THE BIG FLAW IN THE MOVIE “LIVING IN BONDAGE- BREAKING FREE”

This big flaw must be a miscalculation on the part of the screenwriters, actor or the director.

THE FLAW

CONFUSING SCENES

Richard said at 2 hours 5 minutes of the movie- just bring the name to the altar. So, how come Obinna did not take his daughter’s name to the alter and had to butcher her himself at the beginning of the movie…

I have an issue with two scenes. At 9 minutes 6 seconds, the magazine Nnamdi is reading says April 2019 which means they are in year 2019 or 2020, but when he returns to the village @  23 minutes 55 he says they are in year 2018 . How na

 

CONTROVERSY

There is this ongoing thread about a lady- Louisa who did their logos and designs for the movie but was not paid. Kate Henshaw jumped on the thread and contacted Ramsey Noah. Ramseh Noah however said that the person that linked Louisa claimed the work was his. In essence, he was eating the girl’s sweat. But that has however being resolved as she has been paid…

Costume wise

Sound wise

JUST WONDERING (IF THIS SHOULD HAPPEN OR SHOULDN’T)

 

 

OVERALL RATING FOR THE MOVIE “LIVING IN BONDAGE- BREAKING FREE”

CAST  AND CREW OF LIVING IN BONDAGE

RAMSEY NOAH, JIDEKENE ACHUFUSI, KENETH OKWONKWO, KANAYO O KANAYO, CHUKS CHYKE, BOB MANUEL UDOKWU, IGNATUS CHISOM CHARLENE, ENYINNA NWIGWE, SHAWN FAQUA, MUNACHI ABII, NDIDI OBI, EBELE OKARO, ZULU ADIGWE, KALU IKEAGWU, KINGSLEY OGBOSO, MERCY ISOYIP, MICHAEL SMITH, DAVID JONES, AMEH LUCY, NANCY ISIME, ADESUWA ORONSAYE, PEACE ONUOHA, CATHERINE EROMOSOLE, BABA COUNCEL AGBASA, JOHN AGBASA, OLLY LONGE, MC ABBEY, CHIOMA NWOSU, KRISTINE MABINTON, RUTH NKWETI, OGE MOC MADU, TOSAN, TITI KUTI, RUTH OSU (PART 1)

SCREEN PLAY: RAMSEH NOAH, STEVE GUKAS, C.J OBASI, NICOLE ASINUGO, CHRIS ODEH, CHARLES OKPALEKE, NICOLE ASINOGU

CASTING: STEVE GUKAS, RAMSEY NOAH, DOTUN OLAKUNRI, CHRIS ODEH

MUSIC: GEORGE KALIS; SOUND RECORDIST: PIUS FATOKE; EDITOR: ANTONIO RIBEIRO

PRODUCER: DOTUN OLAKUNRI, CHARLES OKPALEKE

A RAMSEY NOAH FILM

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2 thoughts on “(+SYNOPSIS) MOVIE REVIEW- LIVING IN BONDAGE “BREAKING FREE” THIS IS A MOVIE NOT TO BE WATCHED ONCE BUT COUNTLESSLY. HOWEVER, HERE IS THE BIG FLAW IN THE MOVIE THAT EVEN RAMSEY NOAH DID NOT NOTICE…

  1. Wow! I just read this lengthy review, but it’s 👌, so okay, because the review is on 👉 point.
    Living in bondage 🎥 has a great cinematography. However, I concur with Ogefash blog, there should have been a translation for the scenes they spoke Igbo…

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