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TITLE: CODE OF SILENCE
PRODUCER: Emem Isong Misodi
DIRECTOR: Emem Isong Misodi
SCREENPLAY: Bola Aduwo
MAIN CAST: Ini Edo, Kofi Adjorlolo, Patience Ozokwor, Makida Moka
LOCATION: Lagos state Nigeria
GENRE: Tragic -comedy
DURATION: 1:46:12( One hour forty six minutes and twelve seconds)
DATE RELEASE: August 26, 2015
MOVIE RATING: 6/10
REVIEWER: Sheyin Prudence Chiat -15BE02315
ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION:
AUDIO: The audio quality of the movie is good but was weak at some point
SOUND EFFECT: The sound effect was in tuned with the screen play
CAMERA SPEED: The camera speed was used was normal motion for most of the movie and slow for the action part
This is a Long short; It was used few times in the movie.
This is an Extremely Long short(Ex Ls). It was used mostly at the beginning of the scenes but it want used much in the movie. This is also said to be an establishment shot.
This is an over shoulder angle it was used a couple of times.
This is an example of a Medium shots(MS); most of the dialogues and scenes in the movie were medium shots .
This is a Close up Shot(CS):This was used in few scenes of the movie
SYNOPSIS: This movie is a tragic-comedy that focuses on the social evil of rape and the battle line it draws for the victim in her psychological warfare to regain herself in a world of inevitable stigmatization.Adamma(Makida Moka ) a medical student in valley view university is raped by Chief (Kofi Adjorlolo) a senatorial candidate in her community. She goes into depression as her family is torn between speaking up for justice and sweeping the issue under the carpet for the tear of stigmatization will this community that has long been plagued by the phantom limb of rape friendly friend refuge from its painful sensation and will Adamma finally regain herself and come out of the shadows of grief will her family and the community put aside the irritating scar of rape she has to live with and reaccept her as she is?
REVIEW: Code of silence was a really good story but it was an alright movie it is quite exceptional and not kind of ‘’cliché ‘’ Nigerian movies are used to. it brings up a lot of valid questions from the scenarios and these questions most times weren’t answered.
It could have dug deeper emotionally. For instance, in the scene after the rape , as a viewer you feel like you should be crying but the scene is not set up to allow you to arrive at that point emotionally, her mother didn’t seem to be so worried and after four hours of her brother not seeing her didn’t still notice that she wasn’t at home, the only one who was really worried was her aunt.
We get a lot of surface time and time spent on societal perception-which isn’t bad but doesn’t necessarily allow the viewer to feel with the victim. We see Adamma sad and we see her quiet but you don’t feel her sadness or feel her quiet. The one character whose emotions we were able to see was that of the brother, played by Shawn Faqua.by the end, you could see how he had changed from the loving playful brother to an emotionally distraught wreck. On the flip side for Adamma, the main victim, was not enough time was spent on that.
The most beautiful aspect of this movie is the use of upcoming actors and actress to play the major role in the movie.
FACTUAL ERROR: shortly before she was carried and then taken to chief her brother was walking at her back and the car passed him before getting to her but yet the brother didn’t see when the car stopped and took her.
However code of silence is a memorable movie despite the shortcomings because it does not follow the same formula, and also used to display media propaganda , it cries for justice on victims of rape because after all she went through she got justice, it inspires to fight against rape and victims of rape, to also put aside discrimination and measures to sex safety.
The movie was also used to display public awareness on dangers of un-protected sex.
Conclusion: code of silence is a must watch movie that rape victims should watch and also the society at large. It is a worthy watch the first time but in order to be worth watching again, a little more is needed.