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  • Fusion

     

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    TITLE: Fusion

    PRODUCER: Darlington Abuda

    DIRECTOR: Niyi Towolawi

    SCREEN PLAY: Patrick ‘Konaige’ Nnamani

    MAIN CAST: Ayo ‘AY’ Makun, Ireti Doyle, Victor Olaitan, Yvonne Jegede, Beverly Naya, Peggy Ovire, Seun Akindele, Bucci Franklin and Onoge Tega Ben

    GENRE: Romantic Comedy

    LOCATION(S): Lagos (Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Lekki)

    DURATION: 1:33:58 (1 hour, 33 minutes and 58 seconds.)

    DATE OF RELEASE: Friday, April 15. 2016

    MOVIE RATING: from 1 being poor and 10 being excellent). The movie rating is 5.

    REVIEWER: Awotiku Oluwabusola Rachael 15BE02262

    SYNOPSIS

    Fusion is a romantic comedy that explores the unfolding realities of life that newlyweds experience as they negotiate the dynamic curves thrown at them by the experience called MARRIAGE. The aftermath of the honeymoon when 3 couples return home to find out that living together comes with unique pros and cons which their period of courtship did not prepare them for. The new dynamics of married life is a bit too overwhelming for the couples to manage the associated risks and issues that marriage brings along. For the experienced couples who know that every home has its rule and that not every rule suits every home.

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION

    Pictures: the picture quality was great and the cinematography was on point in the movie. The movie industry is Nigeria is definitely getting this right.

    Make Up: The makeup was quite good in the movie but they can do better.

    Costume: the costumes were used effectively in the movie but some details were just off. For example, three brides who claimed to have come from different places wore the same wedding dress. Was it a coincidence or fate? Doesn’t seem like it to me.

    Lightning and sound effects: the lightning wasn’t that bad but the sound was the major problem here. The sound wasn’t too fantastic, their conversations weren’t too clear and their voices seemed a bit to high pitched. The music itself was not going well and almost pissed me off. Of course, Nigerian movies always have this particular problem with sound effects.

    Shots:

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    Angles:

    Extremely high angle

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    High angle

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    Mid angle

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    Low angle

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    POV ( Point of view)

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    Horizontal movement was used in the movie when the guy who AY thought was cheating with his wife opened the door for a lady to create suspicion but it wasn’t AY’s wife. In all, this movie needs to gather feedbacks and target their work better.

    REVIEW

    In Fusion, a romantic comedy directed by Niyi Towolawi, three newlywed couples are greeted by the rude shock of changes in their life. The first couple Ngozi (Yvonne Jegede) and Emeka (Bucci Franklin) struggle with balancing marriage and career, the second couple Ufuoma (Peggy Ovire) and Ovie (AY Makun) battled with interference in marriage from Ufuoma’s wealthy parents while the third couple Keji (Beverly Naya) and Bayo (Seun Akindele) had recurring battles over the controlling influence of Bayo’s mother on him and his total reliance on her support for living.

    The plot of the movie was wonderful but the way they acted the movie was not so good with the plot. I was so excited when reading the plot that I proceeded to watch the movie but to my disappointment, the acting performance was not up to par. The Director of the movie definitely did not demand the best of the A-list actors/actresses paraded in the movie. It was supposed to be a romantic comedy but throughout the movie, I didn’t feel anything was romantic there and actually I didn’t even laugh.

    It became boring after the honeymoon part and confusing with too much repetition and unnecessary scenes. The continuity of the movie was also not so good. Sometimes, you wonder how one thing led to the other. Introducing several characters in the movie confused me a whole lot. At some point at the honeymoon resort, one could hear voices in the background that clearly could not depict a resort with only three couples and their hosts.

    If the movie was a romantic comedy, I guess they do have a reason for putting the famous comedian, AY in the movie so that the movie could be spiced up but AY was unable to fulfill his duties because I didn’t find anything funny in the movie. They attempted some jokes but it was all too boring and dry.

    The cinematography and A-list actors could have had anyone fooled, but the acting and the sound definitely reduced the rating of this movie. Also, I don’t know what happened in the movie for it to have the title “Fusion” as the title wasn’t corresponding with the way they acted in the movie. In the end, it was not worth it. Mr. Director, this was not good enough, better luck next time. For the producers, if you must spend money on a movie production, ensure you get everything right to produce a timeless movie.

    CONCLUSION

    The movie was barely okay, but there was a message passed across that love is not the only ingredient required to sustain a marriage. Trust, patience and commitment are required alongside Love. If there’s commitment in a marriage, no matter the challenges, it will grow because “the butterfly was once a caterpillar.”

    Men in the society should also know that “Women are secretive but not to harm men, they need to keep the secret so as to be complete”.

     

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  • REVIEW OF THE MOVIE IYORE

    REVIEW OF THE MOVIE IYORE
    BY CHIMUANYA AMARACHUKWU
    It is a 2014 Nigerian drama film set in the Benin kingdom. It was directed by Femi Arase. It stars Rita Dominic, Joseph Benjamin, Bukky Wright, Yemi Blaq and a host of others.
    Initial release date: May 8, 2015
    Director: Frank Rajah Arase
    Screenplay: Frank Rajah Arase
    Producer: Frank Rajah Arase
    Genre: Drama,film
    Cast: Rita Dominic, Joseph Benjamin
    Camera movements: internal, horizontal, and vertical movements

    One would think of iyore as Rajah Arase’s own inception, an epic, mind blending, time travelling film within a film.

    PLOT SUMMARY
    Iyore (The Return) or as I like to call it “Playing with Reincarnation” is a twisted tale of love transcending from one lifetime to another and growing stronger each time it is reenacted. It tells the story of Osarugue (Rita Dominic) a married Secondary school English teacher in the 80’s who is in love with a crown prince of Benin Kingdom Azuwa (Joseph Benjamin) but it is forbidden for she already belongs to another man Osas (Yemi Blaq). The Prince Azuwa is to be married to Ajoke (Okawa Shaznay) a Yoruba Princesss who might be a Reincarnation of Amenze on of the scared Virgins of the ancient Benin Kingdom who had an affair with Edosa the warrior and had to elope with when rather than be buried alive with the dying king.
    SYNOPSIS
    The movie opens with an aged Joseph Benjamin and a smooth faced Rita Dominic who apart from her clothes hasnt aged at all. They are lovers reunited again after a series of tragic events that would hunt thier love affair from the beginning till the end. Dominic’s character narrates the story to her whiny teenage son.And this shocking, bittersweet tale of hers spans generations and continues even up till the present. Employing a series of time shifts, flash backs and forward cuts, Rajah Arase juggles multiple story arcs in the air at the same time, zig-zagging through time and space.
    There is the aged lovers, Osarugwe and Eweka, (Rita Dominic and Joseph Benjamin), then in a series of flash back scenes, the origins of their romance is traced to when big haired Osarugwe was a young wife, teaching History at the local high school, and married to another. By some stroke of genealogy, Mr Benjamin (Eweka) becomes the crown prince of the entire Benin kingdom, but is also engaged to another. Both Eweka and Osarugwe were childhood sweethearts and now, Eweka resurfaces and wants back into Osarugwe’s life. Custom dictates otherwise though and he is expected to marry a princess from a neighboring Yoruba kingdom (Okawa Shaznay).
    This thread bears a striking similarity to events of previous generations, one which has been encapsulated as history and which Osarugwe narrates to her eager students. In this narration, a maiden queen shares a forbidden passion with a foolish warrior that ends in bloodshed. In yet another narration, occurring much earlier, an act of betrayal leads to devastating consequences. Somehow, all of these story arcs are related, somehow they must add up.
    REVIEW
    At its core, Iyore is a tale of 2 star crossed lovers, doomed by fate to remain eternally apart and this central romance, as well as what becomes of the lovers, is interesting enough to power a much more disciplined and reflective film.
    As such Iyore quickly finds itself succumbing to the director’s excesses. Too much is going on at the same time, too many plot swings and time jumps, but not enough time to follow anything to a satisfying conclusion. The arc between Osarugwe and Eweka especially suffers short shrift and the tension explodes prematurely instead of igniting to a slow burn.
    Rita Dominic is a movie star, While Dominic is dependable as usual, she does not quite disappear into the role of a Benin maiden. Her movie star looks constantly get in the way and it probably would have helped, if she had learnt a few lines of the local dialect.
    Joseph Benjamin has built a career playing boring second fiddle to famous co- stars. He is at it here again and while his hard work shows, he is still overpowered by his more famous co-star. Cameroonian Okawa Shaznay plays multiple roles that are essentially the same but raised on Rajah-Arase’s style of rushed film making, she finds herself overpowered by the demands of her roles. Paul Obazele has a brief but scenery chewing role as a powerful Oba.
    The picture is crisp, with plenty to look at in terms of fine scenery and colorful period costumes but the locations, even those from the pre-colonial days have a contemporary feel, not quite convincing of their authenticity. Some noticeable energy is put into staging the fight scenes, but Iyore, like most Nollywood films still has more than its fair share of dialogue. The work of the make-up team shows so much that Rita Dominic looks more like a Zaron cosmetics model than a frumpy school marm. Special effects do fine work until they have to stage a lightning scene that just comes off silly.

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