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For a first time director, Ramsey Nouah deserves a standing ovation. His directorial debut, Living In Bondage Breaking Free is a beauty that could not have come at a better time.

The sheer beauty of Living In Bondage Breaking Free‘s cinematography is probably the movie’s highest point, followed closely by performance in this exact order.

In so many ways, the new Living in Bondage pays homage to the 1992 classic. Nicole Asinugo and CJ Obasi whipped up a story that leaves out no aspect of its predecessors, not even the Mercedes Benz V-boot 190 that enthralled Andy in the 90s screenplay.

LIB sequel’s lead, Nnamdi Okeke makes a Faustian bargain with Richard Williams (Ramsey Nouah) and reignites a blood covenant made by his father, Andy Okeke ( Kenneth Okonkwo) and the brotherhood of the Six.

Ramsey’s character is probably the most fascinating as it subtly brings back Taylor Hackford’s John Milton (played by Al Pacino in The Devil’s Advocate). A highly successful middle-aged man whose past is an enigma but pops up in the story of a young man, desperate for success. The rest as you may have already guessed is history.

You see, neither Milton nor Williams are exactly new motifs. They are representations visible in every story that posits a struggle between good and evil. But, the moment you realize how important and relevant for cultural representation the Ramsey Nouah character is, the faster you’ll discover the not so flawless Richard Williams.

In another life, I would have expected to see Williams deliver more engaging monologues packed with memorable lines. Also, they could have ensured several more takes to ensure Nouah’s accents are impeccable.

Living in Bondage Breaking Free is also laden with underdeveloped conflicts and characters. Characters from the 1992 story became mere props with scarcely any development. For not properly developing Eyinnaya Nwigwe’s character, Obasi and Asinugo owe us a huge debt. That character held more promise than a handful of forgettable appearances allowed.

In spite of its flaws, this movie is a game-changer. Swanky JKA‘s enthralling performance as Nnamdi Okeke is just as captivating as Kenneth‘s as Andy Okeke, maybe even more riveting.

Living in Bondage Breaking Free is a cinematic delight that’s worth every penny.

Mamazeus

Mamazeus

If you are reading this, I’m super glad and excited to welcome you to my world. There are two things I simply can’t do without; writing and watching movies. Movie reviewing for me is an opportunity to do both. I simply watch movies and let my readers see these movies through my objective lens.

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    • This is ridiculous. So you actually watched that movie and thought Ramsey struggled with his delivery. That was a fantastic delivery as an actor from Ramsey Nouah. It was absolutely brilliant. And so was the movie

  • In point, it was hyper-hyped to me hence my disappointment when I saw it, on looking back, it is definitely not perfect and a few takes on the Ramsey Noah’s character would have raised the bar to deserved level

  • Nah I don’t think the main character nnamdi was ‘enthralling’. A lot of the dialogue seemed like they were reciting a script. Didn’t seem too natural. They were most natural when igbo was spoken. I’ll give it a pass because it’s a debut directing role for Ramsey but his next must do WAYYY better. The camera crew were wonderful though and I must commend Ramsey on taking such a daring script on his debut

  • Ramsey Nouah’s Igbo was not prefect. There are few underdeveloped characters and it began to feel like these characters were just thrown into the narrative to increase the worth and marketability of the film. It’s really a big upgrade on what we already have in the industry. I loved the Ferrari and Porsche. I just hope we don’t end up creating the culture that the beauty of a film is dependent on the glamour and glitz showcased in it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s apt in this movie cos it’s the world of occult men and they normally have this thing for luxury and show of opulence.
    Impressed with your review.

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Mamazeus

Mamazeus

If you are reading this, I’m super glad and excited to welcome you to my world. There are two things I simply can’t do without; writing and watching movies. Movie reviewing for me is an opportunity to do both. I simply watch movies and let my readers see these movies through my objective lens.