Stories with depth are hard to find in the myriad of Nollywood flicks released annually. A good story isn’t just one that makes it right with humor or has a basic intro to climax and conflict resolution. It certainly isn’t one with a theme that’s been stabbed so much, it resembles a 20-year-old dartboard.
It probably resembles this exquisite screenplay written by Akinyemi Sebastian Akinropo. Worthy of note at this juncture is the fact that the Coming From Insanity story is based on true-life events.
I tried to place the technical error(s) alongside the Yes boxes that this film ticked, my critical side was impressed that my antagonist side was disappointed.
Coming from Insanity tells the Grass to Grace tale of Kossi, a 12-year-old boy trafficked from his home country, Togo to Nigeria where he is promptly put to use as a houseboy to the Martins. With nothing but a genius mind, Kossi becomes the mastermind of a counterfeiting syndicate and invariably a thorn in the flesh of the EFCC.
This movie successfully maintains a stable ascension to its climax. When we finally hit the apex, it’s a jolly ride down which brilliantly ends when the ovation is loudest. Sebastian who doubles as Director goes on to amply decorate the story with a fire-cracking sensual scene. Look out for it.
Another fascinating feature of this award-deserving flick is how totally developed the main character is. Kossi (played by Gabriel Afolayan who blows the lid off this role in a stunning performance that’ll leave you speechless) is an AntiHero by all standard, but, he is one that you cannot help but adore. Kossi’s life and ultimately, hubris elicits first our adoration, fear, then pity in a way that no Nollywood character has in a while except for King of Boys’ Eniola Salami.
The movie is set between the mid-nineties and the present day. However, the video editors did very little to help us transition from the past to the present as the picture maintains its color through the transition. The audio quality of the movie was equally unimpressive. The echoes from empty rooms frequently irritated my ears and nearly ruined the cinema experience.
Before I say goodbye, Coming From Insanity is totally worth your Naira and I recommend it for your viewing pleasure. If you have seen it, please share your thoughts in the comment section.