PRODUCER: UDUAK ISONG OGUAMANAM
DIRECTOR: NIYI AKINMOLAYAN
SCREENPLAY: UDUAK OGUAMANAM & ANTHONY KEHINDE JOSEPH
MAIN CAST: ADESUA ETOMI as Muna
BLOSSOM CHUKWUJEKWU as Yemi
KUNLE RHEMMY as Imoh
TAMARA ETEIMO as Tina
KOFFI ADJORLOLO as Mr. Mba
DESMOND ELLIOT as Desmond Elliot
LOCATION: LAGOS, NIGERIA.
DURATION: 1HR 30MINS
DATE OF RELEASE: 18 SEPTEMBER 2015
MOVIE RATING: 8
GENRE: ROMANTIC DRAMA
REVIEWER: AJALA ENIOLA; 15BE02252
A young couple, happily married for seven years and madly in love suddenly find their “for better, for worse” vow put to the test when the husband suffers a terrible accident which leaves in a coma for months. Torn between holding on to faith and pulling the plug on her husband, the woman turns to the doctor for emotional and financial comfort, an action with consequences capable of shattering their lives and all they hold.
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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 entertainment yet somewhat unique tale of loyalty and unconditional love. The story appears well scripted with minimal faults found in the general course of the story itself. Right balance of suspense and intimacy are present in this romantic thriller. The elements of originality in the screenplay and story is captivatingly told. The dialogue in falling is fabulous.
Adesua Etomi gives a dramatic portrayal of the modern grief-stricken and persevering woman, which the film attempts to profer as her role. Her character among all stands out as the most dynamic and the one that takes centre stage. She does a good job making her character as realistic as possible. Yet, there are questions that are thrown up in falling: Muna knows yemi was flirting and does nothing to forestall his advances. Why couldn’t she firmly turn down his offer for lunch? She really walks into that affair with her eyes wide open like a coquette. This might have been considered a character flaw, but for her revelation that she is catholic and averse to abortion; so she certainly commits a fallacy of denying the antecedent. Muna does not seem to realize that a man who professes undying love for her is the wrong person to treat her ailing husband, especially a husband in such a critical condition because the easiest thing for yemi to do is aid imoh on his journey to eternity and then claim that complication arose. In a clime like ours, will such a crime ever be uncovered?
The main conflict in falling is not resolved at the end of the film. With Muna telling Yemi that she is pregnant for him, the possessive man will certainly come for his child and where will that leave Muna and Imoh’s union? In Tango with Me, Lola (Genevieve Nnaji) was raped, but in Falling, two consenting adults are involved and consequences in the latter are dire for the personae involved.
One aspect 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 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, 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 movie.
Despite its flaws, what I liked about the movie was that the chemistry between the lead actress (Adesua Etomi) and lead actor (Kunle Rhemmy) was electrifying almost seeming as if it was real. The plot is simple yet thought-provoking. It leaves you thinking about how long you can hold out for a loved one in the face of daunting challenges. The roller coaster of emotions that’ll leave you breathless and smiling at the same time. The cinematography is beyond awesome. The movie had perfect locations and great lighting.
The end was beautifully crafted- with the right dose of mushiness. I absolutely love happy endings so this a bonus for me. The fact that there was no scene of Dr. Femi (Blossom Chukwujekwu) depressed and drinking alcohol on the floor in his living room or in a bar- a terrible cliché Nollywood must get rid of, I must add- deserves a kudos.
P.S: You are likely to say “Awww” at the end of this movie.
Conclusion: The movie is what its trailer promised and more with a theme which covers love and marriage. It is a must watch for family and friends. Go see it for yourself!
Favourite quote: “Forgiveness is divine, we are only human”.