The expectation for this sequel was one mixed with thrills of age-longed memories and wild wonder of what the cinematic experience could possibly be. Given the hype on social media and the sequel’s thrillers.
Question is: Was Living in Bondage:Breaking Free worth the watch?
How will you know… except you read this review to the end.
Now, let’s do this!
The cast for the LIB sequel is superb. We were treated to the return of main actors from the original act, talking about: Kenneth Okonkwo, Kanayo O.Kanayo and Bob-Manuel Udokwu. Inclusive were stars like Ramsey Nouah, Enyinna Nwigwe, Kalu Ikeagwu and relatively new faces like Swanky JKA, Munachi Abii, Shawn Faqua, Nancy Isime, Onuoha Peace, David Jones David and a list of others.
The casts delivered well enough on their characters and brought their A-game to the movie. Swanky JKA brought it on, as the portrayal of his brotherly love towards ‘Tobby’ was really fluid. You wouldn’t stop drooling over Ramsey Nouah’s handsomeness and professional acting skills, even if you want to turn a blind eye. Neither would you miss Nancy Isime and Munachi Abii’s sultriness. Well delivered!
Plot and Pacing:
As with sequels, the major concern was whether LIB:Breaking Free would stick to the original plot. Good news…It stuck to the plot of the original classic! The first scene was captivating and the plan to scare you off your seat was a good success. The sequel stayed consistent to the whole ‘desperation to get rich’ thingy and occult vibe.
The faults I found were in the first two appearances between Andy Okeke and Uzoma. There seemed to be some missing elements in those scenes. (You will need to see the movie to know this, trying to keep this review free of spoilers).
Also, I didn’t feel much of the daring ‘undercover journalism’ attitude from Uzoma. Some sort of safe acting was spotted there. I expected to see a more dogged detective.
Aside these, the plot and pacing were good.
Cinematography and Sound:
Great work was put into the making of LIB:Breaking Free. The video quality was one to go by – Awesome VFX, dope camera angles and all scenes were audible. The sound tracks were on point from start to finish. Kudos to the featured artistes, producer and director.
I saw the noble attempts made in subtitling the non-English parts of the movie. However, some parts didn’t have subtitles. So sad.
Is it just me or did anyone else notice the way the movie ended? As though there would be another sequel to this sequel. Who knows…
So, did Living in Bondage: Breaking Free live up to the hype?
The answer is: YES…YES…YES!
On our NerveFlo meter, we would give Living in Bondage: Breaking Free a 8.5/10 rating. It’s a great piece and the shortcomings did not even dampen the cinematic flow.
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You can also watch the trailer here.