TITLE OF MOVIE: Contract
MOVIE GENRE: Drama
PRODUCER: Shirley Frimpong- Manso¸ Yvonne Okoro and Ken Atto
DIRECTOR: Shirley Frimpong- Manso
STORY: Herty Owusu
MAIN CAST: Homla Dandala(Peter), Yvonne Okoro (Abena) and Joseph Benjamin(Kuuku)
LOCATION: Lagos, Nigeria
DURATION: 2 Hour 10minutes 55 seconds
INITIALLY RELEASED: 2014
REVIEWER: Masego Busumane – 15BE02264
Peter is a successful businessman and the ultimate alpha male and a staunch bachelor. Despite his mother’s persistent attempt to find him a woman, to settle down with, Peter sticks to his guns of a non-committal casual relationships, freedom and complete control of his life. Not wanting to live solo for the rest of his, his devices a structured means to have a child without the normal drama that comes with it. Enter Abena, a crude but clever local girl who is anything but impressed with Peter’s influence. With a clear definitive contract outlining the dos and don’ts, these two opposites must exercise every ounce of will power not to kill each other until their child is born.
This movie is the most interesting movie I ever watched. My feelings and emotions were really captured by the main actors. It is worth watching. The production team has done exceptionally well just from the conception of the movie idea to what we are able to see on the screen as a complete movie package. The one hour duration of the movie is worth sacrificing for. The cast crew, mostly the main actors played their roles very well. The setting and plot matched well with its scenes. Abena played her part well.
The choice of characters for this movie was totally apt. Haven’t seen any of Yvonne Okoro’s movies so imagine my surprise as I watched her hold her own against top industry people like Benjamin Joseph and Hlomla Dandala. As a crude girl she was almost village like, naïve but still held on to her pride. I would have preferred her a bit older than 27 but been that age wasn’t too bad.
Joseph was awesome, his character played an extremely vital role in advising his loyal buddy and not insisting his friend change his ways, I loved his demure and carriage playing this role was a winner for me and I can’t readily think of anyone who the role suited more like it did Joseph.
For the main attraction, Hlomla Dandal was my champion. While on Channel O as a VJ, I had watched and enjoyed his style of presenting. As Jacob Makhubu of Jacobs Cross I adored him and as Peter he was spot on. He was a good alpha male, running his life as a routine and never wanting his schedule broken. His role was totally relatable to what we have out there and when people say roles are made for certain people, this role was created with him in mind and it was totally commendable.
Can’t say much to the script writer who did well. When I watch our Nollywood movies, an American version comes to mind but I’m proud to say that with The Contract it wasn’t so. The woes came in with directing though! Picture quality wasn’t too sharp, had the usual dark scene and some angles where not flattering to the characters. The sex screens and its unflattering sound like it was either porn or a herculean task to have sex, felt overdone. I would love to know, what the director thinking when Peter and a pregnant Abena were making out and he was literally on top of her tummy!
In the movie, a typical traditional culture of parents in Nigeria is portrayed where Peter’s mother brought her a girl to marry from the village and since Nigerian parents value children, the mother decide to send the girl away when she heard that Abena is pregnant.
Lighting error; the lighting in the movie set was good and it improved the visual quality of the movie. Also, the colour grading is perfect.
Sound error: The sound quality was really good, thanks to the sound director and editor. The choice of music is good. It was nicely composed.
Cast: The casts played their roles affectionately. They matched their characters.
ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION
SOUND EFFECTS- the sound effects was really good and everything is audible.
COSTUME – The costume suite the characters as well as the movie theme. It matches with what people wear on the status quo. The costume designer chose well.
SHOTS AND ANGLES
Contains at least a full image of a human being
From the chest line up
CAMERA PLACEMENTS AND ANGLES
Low angle and Extremely low angleCalling attention to something and in this case- to the ring
There are many shots using in this movie. I just mentioned a few. You got to watch this movie!