TITLE: THE ARBITRATION
PRODUCER: NAZ ONUZO, OMOTAYO ADEOLA, ZULU OYIBO
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: NAZ ONUZO, OMOTAYO ADEOLA, ZULU OYIBO, KENE OKWUOSA
DIRECTOR: NIYI AKINMOLAYAN
SCREENPLAY: NAZ ONUZO
MAIN CAST: OC UKEJE, ADESUA ETOMI, IRETI DOYLE SOLA FOSUDA, LOTA CHUKWU, SOMKELE IDHALAMA
WRITTEN BY: CHINAZO ONUZO
LOCATION: LAGOS, NIGERIA
MOVIE RATINGS: 8/10
DURATION: 1H 40MINS (100 MINS)
DATE OF RELEASE: AUGUST 12, 2016
REVIEWER: OLUWADAMISI OLUWAFAYO 15BE02301
“The Arbitration” captures the life of Gbenga Sanni and Dara Olujobi, who had a two year long affair. However, the affair comes to an end when Gbenga finds out that his wife is pregnant.
Dara, who happens to be Gbenga’s employee quits her job in his company.
Years after, Dara claims Gbenga raped her after they had concluded the affair. She also demands the shares he promised her in his company.
Will the Arbitration panel find out the truth and rule in her favour or not?
ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION:
The movie made use of several common types of shots, framing and picture composition such as establishing wide shot, wide shot, long shot, medium shot and close-up shot.
Establishing Wide Shot (EWS): The shot was much closer to the characters but still much further away than a wide shot. The characters are visible here, but the emphasis is very much on placing their environment.
-Establishing Wide Shot (EWS)
Wide Shot (WS): In the wide shot, the characters take up the full frame. Obviously the characters don’t take up the whole width and height of the frame. This means that it is the closest the camera can get without losing any of the characters.
-Wide Shot (WS)
Long Shot (LS): The cameramen literally the entire body of the characters, with the head near the top of the frame and the feet near the bottom. Plenty of the background details emerge when the focus is on the characters, which are notable.
-Long Shot (LS)
Medium Shot (MS): This shot contains a figure from the knees/waist up and is normally and is normally used for dialogue scenes, or to show some detail of action.
-Medium Shot (MS)
Close-Up (CU): In close-up shot shows very little background, and concentrates on either a character, or a specific detail of the scene.
Extreme Close-Up (ECU): It is simply an extreme version of the close-up, generally magnifying beyond what the human eye would experience in reality.
-Extreme Close-Up (ECU)
The Cameraman makes use of the angles and movements combine to create a sequence of images to make meaning of the scenes in the movie such as the mid angle, low angle and high angle.
High Angle: This angle is actualised by the elevation of the camera above the action using a crane to give a general overview. It makes the characters and surrounding objects seem smaller, and less significant.
-High Angle Shot
Mid Angle: it is also known as the EYE LEVEL. It is a fairly neutral shot; the camera is positioned as through it is a character that is actually observing a scene.
– Mid Angle Shot
Low Angle: This angle shot increases height and gives a sense of speeded motion. Low angle helps to give a sense of confusion to a viewer, of powerlessness within the action of a scene.
– Low Angle Shot
The Arbitration sound effects were superb. Several sound effects were used namely; ambiences, discrete effects and so on.
Ambiences: It was used to provide a sense of place and perhaps of time.
Discrete (spot) Effects: The movie also made of discrete effects to indicate individual events; from what, how, and how much.
Dialogue: the dialogue sound was not forgotten either, the characters voices were able to help indicate who each character was. Also the voice contrast also helps the listener/viewer to easily identify and differentiate the voices of the characters.
“The Arbitration” is a new movie directed by the distinguished Niyi Akinmolayan.
The movie tells the story of two lovers played by the handsome and artistic, Oc Ukeje alongside beautiful and renowned actress, Adesua Etomi.
The two leads portrayed their character to the best of their abilities.
The entire cast were awesome from the veteran actor, Sola Fosudo and actress, Irtei Doyle, who played the roles of the Arbitrator and Gbenga’s lawyer respectively.
They indeed reminded us through their delivery of why they are older and wiser in the movie business.
Other talented actors such as Beverly Naya, Somkele Idhalama and Lota Chukwu also interpreted their characters in The Arbitration tremendously.
Chinaza Onuzo, the script writer did a great job with the plot which is unarguably possible in reality.
The use of flashbacks in the movie gives viewers detailed explanations of events that lead to constitution of the arbitration panel.
However, the movie’s trailer misleads viewers. It tells the story about the affair between Gbenga and Dara plus Dara’s rape accusations but conveniently excludes the plot of Dara to get the shares Gbenga promised her.
But the overall delivery of the cast and production crew was excellent.
CONCLUSION: The Arbitration is an interesting story that will easily keep curious viewers glued to their seat from the beginning to the very end of the movie.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: My favourite quote in the movie, The Arbitration was made by Somkele Idhalama, the rookie lawyer who represented Dara. I love this quote the most because she showed passion and originality when she said it, “he doesn’t get to rape you and have it be ok”.