TITLE: THE DUPLEX
PRODUCER: EMMANUEL ISIKAKU
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: STELLA ISIKAKU
DIRECTOR: IKECHUKWU ONYEKA
SCREENPLAY: STANLEY ISOKOH
MAIN CAST: OMONI OBOLI, MIKE EZURUONYE, URU EKE AND ANTHONY MONJARO.
DURATION: 1:59:06 (ONE HOUR, FIFTY NINE MINUTES AND SIX SECONDS)
DATE OF RELEASE: MARCH 6TH, 2015
MOVIE RATING (FROM 1 BEING POOR AND 10 BEING EXCELLENT): 5
REVIEWER: OJI PRINCESS CHINYERE- 15BE02296
The Duplex is a Nollywood film that talks about the trials that two young couple face when they packed into their new home. There is a saying that ‘‘everything that glitters is not gold’’. Despite their financial state, Emeka (Mike Ezuruonye) found a means to make ends meet. The price of the house according to his wife, Adaku (Omoni Oboli), was too good to be true. Reluctantly, with the money she lent her husband they were able to buy the house. At first all seem settle at home until Adaku started to see things. She claimed to have seen a creature but no one believed her. Trouble hits their marriage when Adaku suffers a miscarriage.
It’s ironic how the table turned. The victim, Adaku, who was seen as delusional was not anymore. Emeka began to have similar experiences but in his defence blames it on not taking his medication. In his best effort to convince himself that all was okay, all effort became futile the moment he beat his wife. He finally made peace with the fact that there were supernatural mysteries associated with the house. In their search to find the cause of their misfortune they discovered that all was as a result of an unrest soul in need of justice.
ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION
SOUND: As we know sound is perhaps the most powerfully visceral and subtly influential aspect of film. Sound effects were used in few of the scenes. This helped stimulate reality. For example, the sound of the door opening and closing when the spirit entered and left the house. It is noted that sound effect were used to create mood, such as fear. Also the act of using sounds to create something (the spirit) that is not really there e.g. when the spirit appeared and then disappeared. The movie also made use of outer dialogue which could be seen when the characters converse with each other.
EDITING: In The duplex, the editor made use of techniques such as ‘final cut’, whereby sound effects and music are added. He also adopted the use of transition such as ‘‘fade out’’. Fade out was used when concluding the movie.
MISE-EN-SCЀ NE: Under this we can see how costume were used effectively. The actor that played the spirit was dressed according to his character. For a Nigerian movie the producer was able to capture the supernatural being that brought fear into the hearts of the audience. Low- key lighting was also used in this thriller, comprising of a lighting pattern that has both bright and dark areas in the frame.
SHOTS AND ANGLES: There are various shots and angled used in the movie. Here are a few of them:
-OVER THE SHOULDER ANGLE
– CLOSE UP SHOT
-POINT OF VIEW
-EXTREME CLOSE UP SHOT
The duplex truly didn’t meet the expectations credited to it. There were so many errors found in the film and not only was it cliché, it had nothing new to offer its viewers. There were so much gaps which weren’t filled in till the end of the film. This not to be so. The producer, Okechuku Onyeka, should have carried his audience along with him, not making his audience ‘‘read between the lines’’ in order to understand the scenarios presented to them more.
GRAMAMTICAL ERROR: Chukwuma Ume- Ezeoke tells his mum, it is you mama. ‘‘I have no say to it’’. The correct word should be in. The estate agents says ‘we discovered that the grave was shrinking’’, a grave cannot shrink. The psychic addressed the spirit as ‘‘him’’ while Emeka readdresses the spirit as ‘‘it’’. Akpan says ‘too ashame of myself’’. The psychic tells Emeka to find the spirits family, she says to Emeka, ‘‘you have to find him, them’’… (Instead of saying you have to find them only).
I would give the movie a 5 star. Irrespective of its flaws, there were good characteristics found in the movie too. The film lighting system was good even though most of the act were done indoors. The ending of the movie left its audience wondering ‘‘what comes next?’’. The sound effects were used properly and in the right scenes.The picture quality was great.
The major theme of the film is forgiveness. Before Adakus’ step-father died, he left his property to his wife. His wife entrusted the property to his best friend because they had to flee during the Biafra war. Instead of giving back the property he denied her of it. Regardless of how Adakus’ mother was unfairly treated by her husband’s best friend who claimed their house and transferred all form of ownership to his name, she still was able to forgive his daughter on behalf of him. While Adaku forgives Emeka for his negligence towards her. The root of all their problems, including the previous owners of the house was because of an unjust act by a friend. Truly one must reap what he sows.
There were scenes that weren’t relevant such as the prolonged speech made by Adakus’ mother, the moment when Emeka asked if his mother-in-law had received the money he sent to her rather than going straight to the point. Nevertheless, the film still brought suspense in the mind of its audience through the effects and costume used.
Favourite quote: by Emeka (Mike Ezuruonye) –‘‘RUNNING IS NOT THE BEST’’. I believe no matter how hard life gets or what it throws at you, the best solution is to stand strong and confront your problem.