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Somewhere In Africa

Discussion in 'AFRICAN MOVIE REVIEWS' started by Kala Lou, May 16, 2012.

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  1. Kala Lou

    Kala Lou Well-Known Member

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    SYNOPSIS
    In a town where blood thirsty Militants subject the government to coup d’état, life is unpredictable. It’s difficult to know when you will wake up to a brilliant morning sun which promises a day of solemnity, or a shimmering moon in which echoes the shouts of death. In the wake of the seemingly normalcy of a capricious life, a new regime is established in Kimbala town; the superlative Military regime of Yusuf Mumbasa! Thirstier and fiercer than his predecessors, the people of Kimbala are dumb by his extreme ruthlessness. The strongest of men are hit down to nothing more than a murmur; the influentials are coiled in their shells in total stillness and the civilians hide behind the hypocritical facet of patriotism! Who will dare stop Mumbasa?! Widows cry, orphans wail and the whole town mourns in complete silence…!!! In the time when a couple of determined souls uses a weapon that has no bullet or sharp edges to overcome Mumbasa and yet fail miserably, there arises a group of fearless combatants; a group of unstoppable young students who refuse to fall into the category of the coward! Their audacity is reinforced by their esteemed solidarity to seek justice for the family of their widowed vice principal, whose husband fell victim to the callous acts of Mumbasa. At this juncture, it cannot be told who is fiercer – the students or Mumbasa! But is that necessary, when all that matters is who wins at the end?! It is a war of fate, not only for the students, but that of Mumbasa as well….
    Can these unarmed, inexperienced and relatively feeble minor students bring the well shielded wall of the fearsome tyrant down?! Time tells, but only the end of this story can give us the answer….

    My Review (not gospel truth..just my opinion)
    Pros:
    Somewhere in Africa, production wise, is better than your average Nolly Flick, good sound quality, nice visuals…a number of outdoor scenery. The acting from the principal actors was good, especially Majid. The pacing of the movie was good too…it didn't drag along like most Nolly movies.

    Cons:
    The story could have been crafted better..there were questions that weren't answered at the end like how Franco(Majid) learnt a phrase that a minister used before he was assassinated…
    Technically the production was mostly good except for a couple of scenes that had lighting issues. Director Frank Rajah Arase likes to shoot extreme closeups of the characters, this sometimes hurts the scene because the audience cannot visualize the space the characters are in. A number of times he jump cuts into another scene with the audience not knowing because he moves from one extreme closeup of someones face to another extreme closeup….he should consider reducing the closeup shots.
    The movie doesn't really focus on one time period…with the male characters sporting afros I kinda figured it was the 70s at first but later saw characters using cell phones. The text at the end suggest the movie was based in the early 2000s but there is a scene in the movie where the teacher quotes Barak Obama??
    The movie got a little preachy sometimes..
    all in all I'll give it a 7/10
     
  2. tunmi

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    The names "Mumbasa, Kimbala" sound like something out of Lion King, which is a turn off to me considering this is an African film by Africans not a bunch of people who came up with names that sounded African.
     
  3. Village-Boi

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    Anyone know where to buy the film? It's got the first 25 mins on YouTube. I'll give the whole film a go if I can find it but from what I've already seen it'll probably be a love/hate thing.

    Didn't like the "We are so wise" text at the start which was immediately followed by 4 mins of dialogue delivered in a 'sing-along-song' fashion, absolutely hated that (keep that utter crap in the theatre)... I was gonna stop then and there but carried on. So far this is what I've seen...
    * Good visuals
    * Atrociously annoying smart-ass school kids
    * Good sound (in most parts, indoors is generally too boomy)
    * All those dead soldiers and not a drop of blood anywhere? Was so fake the way they moved them out of the way 'gently'... I expexted them to toss the last guy in the bush.

    The dialogue was pretty good in some parts and crap in others - but that's to be expected. Oh and the 'acting' did get much better... apart from the school teacher making stupidly ridiculous demands on the phone when she was trying to get her husband. On a whole I think I'd probably like it much more than I'd hate it. I'd definitely buy it for the fun of it.

    Despite what I've said pls do get yourself a copy of the film, brave topic they tackled... can't wait to see it all.
     
  4. Kala Lou

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    True...they could have done better with the names....it even got a little worse with some of the characters using fake African accents....Africans doing fake African accents???
     
  5. Kala Lou

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    You can get it from executive image movies.
     
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    I loved this movie. Frank Rajah shd have patiently gone the extra mile to develop the movie better, I was really expecting to see more. But all in all kudos to Frank. I like the majid journalist than the majid soldier.
     
  7. Village-Boi

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    Thanks a lot for the info. Just checked the site £4.70 to buy the film but £18.13 for shipping... nah, I'll pass... if them like make them no sell digital download. If the post na £5 I go buy am, even Sinking Sands had free post from Yankee! £18 ko, £18 ni.
     
  8. Kala Lou

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    Yeah I almost bought it from them too....but the shipping cost twice as much as the product..dat na bad business.....luckily I picked it up from my retailer.....
     
  9. Field Marshal

    Field Marshal ABSOLUTE SUPREME RULER

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    £22:83 just to watch a Movie using my own DVD player? How much dat wan be for American Dollar sef? :shock $36.41?!?!?!!? Naira Nko? =N=5,754.85!?!?!
     
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    Field Marshal ABSOLUTE SUPREME RULER

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    O'lboy dat na more than tiri taims de amount for de movie o! I weak for dat kain price!
     
  11. Village-Boi

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    Exactly! Almost 4 times. But I think the US to US shipping was 'reasonable'.
     
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    LOL. That's UK for you. If I start now, y'all would think that I'm being too mean:laugh:
     
  13. Village-Boi

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    Hahaha, no be UK issue oh! Na the 'Yanks' wey dey run the site... go check am... if them nefa hear of a kwontry for geografi lesson then the shipping rate = Pick up in store!
     
  14. Village-Boi

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    Watched part 1 & 2 on Irokotv. I take back my words... I totally hated it... brave topic but they bit off 99% more than they could chew and made something utterly ridiculous. It was painful to watch... none of the questions raised were answered; all that happened was 'for every person you kill we will break into dance and song... DUH???'

    The neighbouring town from 'Kimbala' is ... yup, wait for it - 200,000 miles away?... is the town on the bloody moon? Idiots couldn't even google the circumference of the Earth... come and be flashing some retarded stupidness on screen over and over again.

    The only believability in the film was the coup at the beginning... the rest of it was 'Are you seriously kidding me?' Funny thing is the acting for most part was very good. Shame the whole idea turned into a complete stinker!!
     
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    VB are you serious :laugh: at the 200,000 miles...
     
  16. Village-Boi

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    Yup. It was a BIG point they made about 3 times in the movie. So the writer didn't spot it, Director didn't spot it, Prod team didn't spot it, Cast didn't spot it... what in the world were they doing? Oh right, they were making a film with no head or tail in it. It was all about "See this man did a coup and now kills people left and right". That was all the stupid film was about. Be warned - You will be really pissed off if you waste 2hrs watching it.

    Oh and if I remember this garbage correctly - IBB na president at the same time as Obama!
     
  17. tunmi

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    Hahahaha 200,000 miles yepa!!! Oh my gosh, IBB and Obama...hmmm make dem people no come see this one kon add to Obama palaver oh...sorry VB ehn, pele
     
  18. Village-Boi

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    Yup... with proof. - As one of the 200,000 miles happened -

    Picture 1a.png Picture 1b.png Picture 1c.png Picture 1d.png Picture 1e.png


    And IBB is still our 'head' -

    Picture 2a.png Picture 2b.png Picture 2c.png Picture 2d.png
     
  19. tunmi

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    WHAT??!!! Oh my goodness. Odindin journalist. Hmm...ehm...maybe that was to portray the in effectiveness of Naija (dare I say African?) journalists..ehn ehn that is it. Sorry o. Chai!!! This worse pass blackberry babes
     
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    I was just glad these ones were at the start of part-2, because if I had to sit through much more of this horribly terrible film I really wouldn't have found it funny... AT ALL!!
     
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