Director : Ekene Som Mekwunye
Producer(s): Ekene Som Mekwunye and Chidinma Uzodike
Starring : Rita Dominic, Joke Silva, Ngozi Nwosu, Kiki Omeili, Kalu Ikeagwu, Emmanuel “Mannie” Essien and Saidi Balogun
Genre : Drama
Release Date : May 18, 2019 (Netflix)
Awesome-O-Metre : 5.0/10
REVUE OF LIGHT IN THE DARK
Light in the Dark stars Rita Dominic (Jumoke) and Kalu Ikeagwu (Emeka) as a couple who suffer a home invasion that threatens to destroy the very fabric of their happy family and they must dig deep to salvage it from the dark.
The plot of Light in The Dark is quite similar to that of Joba and that was very obvious when I saw the trailer. For this reason I expected the film to go the same route and it did but only to an extent. The film starts off as the quintessential inter-tribal marriage conflict but quickly swerves in an unforeseen direction and I commend Babatunde Ojo for this good piece of film writing. Another commendation is to Mohammed Attah for some lovely subtle but beautiful camera work and I found his adoption of symmetry quite satisfying. Michael Truth (who is my favorite scorer) also did a catchy score for the film which was very appropriate and in sync with the events.
I like that the plot of Light in the Dark managed to weave an emotional story with a crime story along with threads of social consciousness. The pacing of the film is intentionally slow to extract as much emotion from the viewers as possible and to get us more invested in the characters. These techniques worked to a very large extent. However, this slow pacing did make for portions of the film to be somewhat boring.
Frankly, I found the character choices of Light in the Dark to be quite curious. I found the choice of Rita Dominic as a Yoruba girl and Kiki Omeili and Emmanuel Essien as a Hausa couple really strange. Don’t get me wrong, they all put in a good shift but I just found the choice curious. However, this curious choice of characters showed up when some of the characters struggled to pull off their required accents. Emmanuel Essien didn’t pull of a Hausa accent one bit but Kiki did a great job when in short conversations, but when it came to lengthy speeches, her accent became more Arabic (middle eastern) than Hausa (LOL).
Talking about Kiki, I think her motivation in the film was a bit of a reach and quite far-fetched. In fact, the motivations for most of the characters were incredulous and almost unbelievable. This may be because of inadequate character development, but I just couldn’t see how such trivial issues could snowball to that extent.
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