When the news filtered into town that Ramsey Nouah is trying to resuscitate Living In Bondage, I was not too excited nor moved. Not only for the fact that the story is known to be full of rituals and all, Ramsey didn’t impress me the last time I saw a much publicised movie he featured in.
The Millions is one movie I got tired of few minutes sitting in the hall, so you can imagine why I rolled my eyes and blocked my ears when I heard he’s in town with Living In Bondage!
But there is no way one can pretend not to hear of Breaking Free with the heavy publicity injected into getting the message across. So finally I dragged myself to the cinema after three weeks of polluting the media space with Living In Bondage.
Does it worth the noise?
Ramsey really raised the bar for himself; he gave his all to this movie. So I started asking myself, after LIB, would there be anything left of the actor to offer us because LIB was a class act?
I was glued right from the opening scene.
With my mind oscillating and scanning through years of reading literary works, I found nothing to compare the intro scene as executed by Enyinna Nwigwe, who played Obinna Omego, to but a biblical story of Abraham. As told in the Holy Book of a man loved by God, yet asked to sacrifice his only son to him to test his faith.
Only this time, no faith is being tested here, neither God but devil is involved. A daughter is sacrificed for money ritual! The similarities between the biblical story and this is just in the dialogue between the father and the sacrificial lamp.
The relatability of the murder committed by Obinna Omego is enough to send a cold shill down the spines of movie enthusiasts across the hall.
Living In Bondage (Breaking Free) is a sequel of movie which existed during the time of limited technology in the movie industry, but through creativity of Nigerians, still managed to capture our attention back then, cutting across cultures and ethnicity.
However, focusing on the 2019 production, it chronicles the typical life of an ambitious son of nobody, who found his way to Lagos in search of greener pasture with just one purpose in mind; to make it big.
Nnamdi Okeke, played by a greenhorn in Nollywood, Swanky JKA, is the grown up son of the main character, Andy Okeke, in the original movie. And true to blood, he apparently has his father’s love for money and the finer things of life.
Expectedly, he is drawn by the forces that forced his dad to kill his beloved wife for money. Nnamdi suddenly finds himself in the midst of opulence; the kind of which he has never imagined, but in addition to that, he finds himself in the same brotherhood his dad believed he had broken free from.
The race to save his only surviving and unknown son becomes paramount for Andy, who is now a pastor. But would he be able to achieve this with Richard Williams (played by Ramsey Nouah), the devil’s advocate, a mysterious, world-class billionaire and spiritual leader of the occult group known as The Six, already clenching his evil firsts firmly around Nnamdi?
Would Nnamdi Okeke be able to break free?
Living In Bondage is one of must-see movies before 2019 breaks free. That’s what Nollytrailers thinks, what do you think?
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