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Living in Bondage: Breaking Free

Living in Bondage: Breaking Free
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By - Uduak Andrew-Bassey

Posted - 16-12-2019

Date Released: 8th Nov 2019

Time Duration: 2hrs 20 minutes

Genre: Thriller, love, action, horror, historical

Directed by: Ramsey Noauh

Synopsis

Nnamdi Okeke, son of Andy Okeke from Living in Bondage 1 is an ambitious young man who wants more out of life. The snag is, he can’t afford the kind of life he wants with his current income. An encounter with Chief Ibaka, a family friend with a notoriously dark past opens the door to all he has dreamt. But it all comes at a great price that will change his life forever.

Movie Review

The movie, living in bondage: breaking free is a continuation of the story of cultist Andy Okeke from the 1992 production. Andy’s second wife has a son named Nnamdi Okeke. After the demise of his mother, Nnamdi grows up with his aunt and her family. Growing up as a smart ambitious man, Nnamdi wants all the good things of life, just like his father. He is fascinated by good cars and luxurious lifestyle. He wants wealth, power, affluence and fame and will stop at nothing to get it all.

During his quest for this “good life”, he starts his own advertisement company called “Infinite Media”. In the process, he comes in contact with politician Chief Omego (played by veteran actor Kanayo O. Kanayo), and wealthy businessman Richard Williams (played by Ramsey Nouah).

On the other hand, a blogger named Uzoma is trying to bring down this cult associated with numerous ritual killings. He then contacts Andy Okeke (played by Kenneth Okonkwo) who is now a pastor. He needs the help of Andy for insider information as an ex-member of the cult so he can take down the brotherhood. This will also give Andy Okeke the chance to save his only son from this deadly cult which offers you power, influence, and wealth in exchange for your soul.

Interesting things about living in bondage

The opening scene was a killer, when Obinna Omego played by Enyinna Nwigwe drove his daughter to a thick forest where he beheaded her, I knew I was set for some horror and wouldn’t want to miss any part of the movie.

Also, the comic relief is on another level. You can’t help but laugh at the conversations between Nnamdi and his cousin, Tobe. I especially loved the brotherly love between them; the emotional connection felt so real you could reach out and touch it.

The cinematography in the film is top-notch; the lights sound and aerial views of Lagos and Imo State are simply exquisite. The soundtrack will also make you fall in love.

Ramsey Nouah (role played Richard Williams and also directed the movie) proved that multi-tasking is no herculean task for him as he expertly switched between directing the movie and playing the character of Richard Williams, an enigmatic, world-class billionaire and spiritual leader of the occult group known as “the Six”.

Critics about living in bondage                                       

We cannot say that living in bondage was flawless; there were no subtitles in some Igbo conversations. Maybe it was an oversight, but the director should have bear in mind that people coming to see the film are from different cultures in Nigeria. It was somewhat difficult watching it and looking lost at some point because you don’t understand what is being said.

Also, the interpretation of the script by the characters went below expectations at some point. For instance, when Andy Okeke went to Nnamdi’s office to reveal his identity as his father, Nnamdi didn’t act surprised. The emotion was not real; for a man who does not know his father from birth, he acted too cool and uninterested.

In addition, a throwback to the old film, to refresh the mind of viewers would have been perfect; it’s been twenty-seven years, after all, taking us through the beginning of the story to the present time would have been much appreciated. It would have also helped non-Nigerians watching the movie to understand the storyline better.

In all, living in bondage, breaking free is a masterpiece! Visit the cinema closest to you with family and friends to have a feel of it and let us know what you think about it when you’re done!

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