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Distance Between

Discussion in 'AFRICAN MOVIE REVIEWS' started by Beautiful_Soul, Feb 8, 2009.

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  1. sky_flies

    sky_flies Well-Known Member

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    Kolinzo, shebi you will rate Jenifa 2/10 after rating this one 6/10? Or won't you?? Keep up with the bias, nothing do you, na NR be this :fing02:
     
  2. Chiaka1

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    Did you watch the movie, at all? Firstly it was told from Mercy's point of view. Yes, she spoke more of Rita, but she did interject snippets of her own story.

    I thought the directing was excellent and I appreciated the way they shot the house scenes simply because it felt like a real movie and not a home video that I could make using my own personal camcorder, which is how a lot of Naija movies are filmed. So, Izu gets a thumbs up for me.

    The editing wasn't as tight as the acting or directing, there were flaws, but it didn't interfere with the storyline.

    Others say this was soap operaish, but I didn't get that impression. Critical Condition is soap operaish, Games Women Play is soap operaish, even Keep the Faith is soap operaish. This is one of the first times I could actually see watching this as a television movie from the Hollywood. It wouldn't quite make the big screen, but could definitely have been an ABC Saturday night special movie.

    I like the way they shot the scenes and did the backflashes. I think Mercy and Rita did a great job & those girls who acted them in their younger years were fabulous. They addressed the depth and dichotomy of sexual abuse --- where one girl turns out promiscuous while another turns out prudish. I didn't really like that Mercy slept with Rita's hubby, but the fact that they remained friends highlighted her and Rita's co-dependant friendship.

    Overall, the movie was deep and had enough levels in it that you could write a class paper on it, and that's a first for most of these Naija movies.

    Again, it is one of my top home movies next to Total War I, Letters To A Stranger (and a couple others). These are the type of movies that make Nollywood cross-cultural, and place them firmly on the world map.
     
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  3. sky_flies

    sky_flies Well-Known Member

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    Chiaka you talk true jare. Try see 30 days, Cindy's note, Narrow path, playing games, White waters.... and you go bow! They do have flaws but are da bomb.
     
  4. kolinzo

    kolinzo Oodua4life

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    I never rated Jenifa because I was not interested in the director of the movie. Yoruba movies always have flaws in them especially the subtitles.

    However, Jenifa was a blockbuster and all the actors did a good job.

    I took interest in Distance Between because of Izu Ojukwu. He is a top notch Nollywood director and I'm a fan of his. Izu did a good job directing the movie as far as directing the actors but I just can't help but point out his flaws. Are you saying that hearing a director's voice while watching a movie is not a no no? For a top notch director like Izu that's inexcusable.

    Me being bias? Not my thing, mahn. Whatever I say about Nollywood is from an objective pov.
     
  5. sky_flies

    sky_flies Well-Known Member

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    I bet you've got a different movie. My own Distance Between, had no background voice of Izu. It was sound intense & like a studio work, so there is no way I heard Izu's voice. BTW, Izu's brother did the editing & I wonder where he went so wrong. Can you tell Kolinzo? Other than one or two irrelevant scenes I thought he was great.
     
  6. kolinzo

    kolinzo Oodua4life

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    For you I have time. Below is a link to the part that I'm talking about. Start watching from 5:55th minute. Between 6:02nd and 6:08th minutes you will see what I'm saying. Izu ordered Rita to do something and she looked at him and the camera. It happened really fast but not too fast for my eagle eyes.:gnash

    YouTube - The Distance Between 2-5


    I enjoyed the movie and I highly recomend it for anybody. But that doesn't mean I shouldn't let one of my top five directors in Nollywood know that he is being watched.
     
  7. peculiar

    peculiar Well-Known Member

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    I disagree with you on this one Kolinzo. That voice you are calling Izu's is Kalu's voice. Yes it was only for few seconds but notice that it was MERCY banging on the door and talking, till that point. I believe what Kalu said was: "let me talk to her, let me talk to her" and then, he took over the talking and door-knocking. And yes, Rita looked sideways, but I think it was part of her acting hurt and agitated. Watch it again bruv. Watch it again....and less critically too.....

    Please easy on Izu o. I am almost certain he wouldn't have let that slip during editing......well, I hope....
     
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    blackpearl oloju come and do

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    I believe the movie was too short in part 2 IMHO. There wastoo much missing for me in the part two abi is there any part 3 on the way? I like the movie sha.
     
  9. rudeboy

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    Actually that's not Izu's voice. Kolinzo please watch that clip again. It's not even Kalu's voice, as Pecu wants us to believe. It's the baby's voice!
     
  10. rudeboy

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    Izu's brother did which editing?
     
  11. TheForce

    TheForce Well-Known Member

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    Oga Rudy, haba1 the baby cannot talk now. That was actually Kalu talking like Pe'r'culiar said. (He said let me talk to her 2X) Which was actually a continuity error, because he had started talking to her in the previous shots before this particular one.

    That being said, I believe the movie suffered gross editing errors throughout, that I can only conclude that Izu was not in anyway near where and when the movie was edited.
    Like Kolinzo also pointed out, it was wrong to always have their interior scenes that dark, always giving us the feel that all took place in the night. There should have been some variations in the room lighting to suggest different time of the day. Why were they in such a hurry to end that movie that way? Even our Idumota guys could end a movie better that that.

    But all that said, it was an ok movie to me. I only just expected something better from Izu, because I've seen him done a lot better.
     
  12. peculiar

    peculiar Well-Known Member

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    :086: :rolleyes: :086:
     
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    Babyai Well-Known Member

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    I loved this movie - good performances from Kalu, Yemi, Rita & Mercy
     
  14. Thickmadam

    Thickmadam OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!

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    WHAAAAT!
    where have i been? i haven't watched this one.
    must go and look for it.
     
  15. wendydoks

    wendydoks Chickala si odeshi

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    great movie. u musnt miss it. u missed it becos he was released same period as reloaded-to me was overrated- so yeah, u need to own a copy!

    i rate it 7/10 and this is because the sound sounds muffled sometimes and often times i feel i hear someelse sayin something from the background. Another thing like have been pointed out is the showing of the tampon. they cud have used a pregnancy test stuff. overall, Izu Ojukwu continues to outshine his mates:musik15:
     
  16. Honourable

    Honourable Mr. Naijarules!

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    Hey folks,

    This movie has a concluding parts to it: "Distance Between Part 3 & 4". Just watched it yesterday and was wowed all over again! It basically ties in all the loose ends in Parts 1 and 2.

    Check it out ! All the "secrets" are unravelled at the end of part 4.

    I really enjoyed this movie!
     
  17. Brooms

    Brooms A Pimp Called Slickback

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    really?? there's a part 3&4? Damn I gotta get it. I watched it just recently and I was wowed!! Rita Kalu Mercy were amamzing!!!
    Blew me away. *Oh I am itching*. Now I cant wait to get my hands on it.
     
  18. Honourable

    Honourable Mr. Naijarules!

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    Brooms dear, yes there is a part 3 & 4.

    Mercy & Kalu where great. But Rita especially gave me chills with her performance at the end of Part 4 (the scene in the hut with the baby). I am itching to hear your feedback on the dynamics between her and the baby alone in the hut.

    Its sure is a good one from Nollywood!
     
  19. Brooms

    Brooms A Pimp Called Slickback

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    That was powerful! I had chills too! I have always said Rita has been too underestimated. I really enjoy her as a performer. All we need are better DIRECTORS in Nollywood. I mean I was bown away by this ...after not having watched a Nolly movie in a while. I dont know how Rita suatained those emotional scenes. Mercy was good, but the hair and glasses were a distraction. her costume designer needs to be fired lol. But yeah, I agree with you on Rita. She was too much a (in a hausa accent) the seduction scenes between her and Kalu are off the chain. I like the angle from which Izu shot them lying in bed. that was different. and the road rage scene too. Ohh it was good. I just loved Rita's role. i wonder if genevieve could have played such an emotionally charged role with conviction. oh and when kalu begged her to open the door and confessed his love. *sigh. going all mushy*


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  20. Beautiful_Soul

    Beautiful_Soul I'm in my Own Group!

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    Hold on there is no 3 and 4. That scene was at the end of part 2. It sounds like some greedy people just chopped up the movie even further.
     
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