Sunday, March 18, 2012
Nollywood Movie: A Private Storm
Its Nollywood time! That means that we will rate a Nollywood Movie here on Elegancy101! This time we are going for a much more serious movie that is based on a true story. Its called "a private storm" a film written and produced by multiple-award winning Vivian Ejike. Check the Synopsis after the jump:
From the outside looking in Alex played by Ramsey Noah and Gina played by Omotola Jalade Ekeinde appear to have a great relationship. Both are successful within their own rights and living a great lifestyle, however beneath the charade lies insecurity, bullying and physical abuse. Alex is constantly berating his wife and accusing her of cheating on him despite no evidence to support his claims. One night on an evening out her dumps her on a dark and lonely road in one of his aggressive rages. She is honestly scared for her life when a lone car pulls up by her side. It turns out to be Alex who then orders her into the car. It is all part of his controlling mind games, but how far will he go and how far will she be pushed by him?
The shame of the situation and the way Alex was held in high esteem by Gina’s friends and family meant that she was unable to divulge her secret shame to them. It is only when she has reached breaking point that she shares the secret with Uju. We see the cycle of violence and making it up that traps so many women. When Alex is nice he can be super nice but then the downside is that his ugly is just as potent.
We also see the history behind Alex’s violence and how his past has affected his present state.
We must say that this is one of the few good naija movies out there. The storyline was definitely engaging. The cast was excellent and we would recommend it. It has a serious topic storyline but the integration of the John Dumelo and Ufuoma storyline wasn’t as seamless as it should have been and although it was good it did not elevate to that level of greatness.
What we did like was that the movie painted a realistic portrait of domestic abuse. The abuser is not always evil which makes it difficult to leave, and the abused is dependent on the abuser in some way (emotionally, financially etc). The movie did a good job of highlighting this.
Watch the trailer: