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  • knocking on heaven’s door









    DIRECTOR: Desmond Elliot

    WRITER: Emem Isong

    SCREENPLAY: Uduak Isong Oguamanam

    CAST: Majid Michael

               Blossom Chukwujekwu

               Adesua Etomi

               Ini Edo

    DURATION: 2:08:35

    YEAR: 2014

    GENRE: Religious drama

    MOVIE RATINGS: 3.5/10



    Knocking on Heaven’s Door from the stables of the Royal Arts Academy tells the story of a musically talented young woman and church goer married to an insecure and selfish brutish man. From the synopsis, I am guessing  that you guys already feel you all know how it would end, I thought that too but I was in for a surprise(please note, it wasn’t a pleasant one).

    Casting seemed well thought out as they had a somewhat newbie in the production as the female lead. Debbie played by Adesuwa Etomi handled the timid, obedient and humble wife role well. In fact so well, that I felt that I should shake the bejesus out of her for the way she played. Now, even though I was totally into the character, I wasn’t convinced, there were scenes that I didn’t feel like she was too afraid or totally defeated /shoulders fallen. Also it felt like pure fiction, not relatable at all as I wasn’t convinced that there are people like that in this world, but we aren’t talking about that right? Kudos to her, I loved the monologue scene and her slowing becoming senile.

    For the lead male, Mr. Chukwujekwu who played her husband and manager was spot on. Acting is all about trying other character and Blossom did himself a service by taking this role. It does need some more work to able to carry on with ease, especially if it’s not one’s nature but as a psychotic angry maniac, selfish and insecure character, he handle it well. Did I mention it’s a musical? Well it is! The singing part of the movie was horrible. Adesuwa was more believable as a singer than Blossom as a singer and piano player.

    Majid played a role in this production and even though we won’t like to admit, Majid is slowly taking over from our main Nigerian characters. This year alone, he has been in 8 Nigerian and Ghanaian productions. As for playing Tom, he has his moments. He played the role of music producer, not a pimp.

    Production was pretty clean. More editing was necessary. The pastor’s scene, the dancing scene, the long opening scene that we truly didn’t need and the list goes on. I was beginning to settle into the script, believing it was just okay until I heard this from Adesuwa’s character “I would go to bed alive and wake up dead”. Like I mentioned, it was a musical, sound track was somewhat okay. There were some okay songs; also the duet would have been awesome if they were truly singing and nit miming or better still lip syncing.

    “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” provided one nothing new under the sun, neither did it spark any empathy to the real situation that might be going on.




  • Awakening

    Title of the movie: Awakening

    Producer: Theresa Ananenu

    Director: James Omokwe, Ethan Okwara

    Location: Nigeria

    Screen play: David Gee Ahanmisi

    Genre: Thriller

    Editor: Ethan Okwara

    Main casts- Oc Okeje

                        Kehinde Bankole

                        Femi Brainard

                        Bryan Okwara

    Year of release: 2013

    Production company- Studio 84, magic effects real dreams integratedDM2

    Language: English

    Movie duration:

    Movie rating: 7/10

    Reviewer: Awoyemi Olasunkanmi


     The movie ‘Awakening’ is about how Nicholas (Oc Ukeje) is always has fatal dreams and it happens to be that the dreams come true so this disturbs Nicholas in various ways and this changes his life till he comes across an ambitious journalist, Zainab(Kehinde Bankole), he is able to uncover the truth about his dreams and the truth about their lives.

    Elements of the movie

    1.       Camera shots: Long shot, medium shot, close up shot and extreme close up shot

    2.       Camera placements or angles: mid-angle and extreme low angle.

    3.       Camera movements: horizontal movements(pan from left to right), zoom shot and tilt shot

    4.       Camera speed: normal, slow motion.

    5.       Transitions: fade in and fade out.


          Awakening is a 2013 Nigerian dark thriller film directed by James Omokwe and Ethan Okwara. The movie tells about a young advertising agent who starts to have premonitions of random deaths which eventually happen, this disturbs him seriously on every side and his life starts to change because everything turns out to be the because of his dreams, the lives of others are affected. Fate eventually teams him up with and ambitious journalist seeking the biggest story of her career, as she stumbles upon his story, she finds out that this is no ordinary man and she decides to fight this with him. Together, they begin to find out that all the deaths are connected in a way and his problem is solved.