Movie Review: Falling

By: Royal Mind

Falling (2015)

Cast: Oyekunle Oluwaremi, Adesua Etomi, Desmond Elliot, Blossom Chukwujeku, Kofi Adjorlolo, Tamara Eteimo.

Director: Niyi Akinmolayan.

Synopsis.

The film relays a tale of a young  couple who go through the trauma of an accident that puts one of them in a coma for several months, testing the bonds of their relationship and happiness.

Review.

Director Niyi Akinmolayan brings you a gripping story of tribulation and betrayal carried by a star-studded cast.

The Uduak Isong Oguamanam produced movie describes a couple seemingly at the brink of living the rest of their lives together, suddenly torn apart by an accident that leaves the man in a comatose state with a prognosis of “brain death”. His partner is left to fend off indications that she abandon him in his vegetable state, and revelations are made in the course of the movie that test the increasingly fragile fabric of their love.

The film does its job of relaying an entertaining yet somewhat unique tale of loyalty and unconditional love. The story appears well scripted with very minimal faults found in the general course of the story itself. Right balances of suspense and intimacy are present in this romantic thriller.

Adesua Etomi gives a dramatic portrayal of the modern grief-stricken and persevering woman, which the film seemingly attempts to profer as her role. Her character among all others stands out as the most dynamic and the one that takes center stage. She does a good job making her character as realistic as possible.

Another highlight of the movie’s characterization was Kofi Adjorlolo’s role in the movie, which includes a degree of on-screen intimacy, and strikes me as the most difficult to play with consideration of the relatively puritanical Nigerian Movie scene, more so with the elderly.  He seems to act the script as realistically as possible as was evident in the screenplay. He does an excellent job portraying his character by staying  realistic as well as true to current trends. He is my personal favorite character starring in the movie.

One of the aspects of the movie that seemed faulty to me were in the costumes, which quite frankly could have been more impressive, as Etomi Adesua’s character, despite her impressive acting, never really struck me as grief-stricken in appearance. She could have been made up to look less particularly healthy, with noticeable weight loss introduced at the period of her in the course of the film. She was radiant throughout the movie, a direct contrast of how the character she was playing should have been feeling during the grieving scenes.

Also, the soundtrack seemed a bit recycled. I got an automatic impression that the storyline was going to be uninteresting, just by listening to the stereotypically Nigerian movie soundtrack, which, unfortunately, was reminiscent of some past average Nigerian Movies to me. I was proven wrong of course, but I would have preferred if the movie had made different choices when it came to its music.

Still, in general, the video production was relatively efficient, with superb camera work and realistic scenery. The movie is about 1 hour 30 mins long and is thus adequately lengthy.

Despite its flaws, it’s a movie I would recommend that it should be seen, preferably with a spouse. It should prove to be a romantic yet thrilling and suspenseful experience that will be well worth that 1 and half hour of any couple’s time…

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