Yea, the movie has being a while but I can't help this urge to share my opinion on it, but I never had the platform, now that I do, Some peeps are telling me its too old...well, thank God for FBF, I have the platform and I also have a perfect day to share this review.
See the review after this cut.
DIRECTOR -DESMOND ELLIOT
WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY DAYO AMUSA
The movie UNFORGIVABLE is a highly emotional and psychological drama that revolves around contemporary issues in the Nigerian society. A story about the old fashioned ideas of the average Nigerian woman who strongly holds on to her vows of ‘for better or worse’…literally holds on to it. The movie sends a message to the audience and with this message it elicits a response. The audience turns the story inward and discovers that one way or the other, he or she is also a victim or a culprit as the case maybe.
The aim of the drama is to point at domestic violence in marriages and this message was masterfully woven around the other theme; Health Negligence.
Personally, I think the film deserves an accolade, because the average audience got these messages, not only that, but felt an affinity with the story and its messages thereby making the film a success in that regard.
The movie tells the story of a young undergraduate female student Sewa who ignores the advances of Richard (Adeniyi Johnson) a man who was truly in love with her but lacked the courage to approach her directly…he watched as she blindly falls in love with a popular school playboy Damola. She was able to lure him into marriage despite series of warning from all of her close friends and roommates. Apparently, Damola who grew up to be Mike Ezuruonye never loved her but married her all the same…leaving us to wonder why...?
Sewa (Dayo Amusa) stayed in a loveless and brutal marriage with her only daughter Tilewa…enduring harsh abuse both physically and verbally. She even had to endure been raped by her husband!
Unknown to her, cancer had eaten her up giving her only a short while to live. With no one to turn to for care and support, she turns into the arms of her long time best friend Priscilla (Faithia Balogun) and also to Richard now Desmond Elliot…They knew her ailment but her husband ignored her all the way, never visited her throughout her confinement in the hospital. The violence in the home led to a great disaster and tragedy in the family and Sewa’s life dangled at the edge. And for the first time Damola saw his wife, saw that she was sick.
It was however too late to live in the ambience of the late bloom of their relationship.
It was noted at the end of the movie that the drama said things about stubbornness and disregard for what you have until it vanishes…this was depicted through Damola’s old age reminisce in the last scene where he reprimanded and advised a teenager for being stubborn. But the audience might disagree with this and insist that Damola (Mike Ezuruounye) never loved Sewa his wife till the end, what we saw was pity and compassion for a dying woman who happened to be his wife. The movie ended tragically, moving the sympathetic audience to tears while the angry audience refused to sniff.
Role interpretation in the movie was excellent and the Director deserves kudos for this. It seemed He brought out the best in everyone on set. We saw some actors in a new light, ways we never thought possible.
For instance, the old Priscilla (Faithia Balogun) interpreted her role nicely…dressed her part, looked her part and for me that movie brought out something I had never seen in Faithia. The Faithia we knew would have lashed out at Damola or at least say something when the latter insulted her after bringing his sick wife home. However the Faithia portrayed by Desmond the Director was calm…obviously angry but calm.
Dayo Amusa, the protagonist of the drama was excellent in her role interpretation too, falling into character brilliantly and playing the role of an abused ‘for better or worse’ wife so much that the audience want to hold and comfort her and at the same time scold her for staying on.
Damola (Mike Ezuruonye) is arguably the star of the movie…he acted like a pro that he is, his lines were neat and relevant, masterful and meaningful, brilliant and perfect! He played the role of the abusive and unloving husband so much that he has the audience questioning the type of man he really is. His clean command of Yoruba language also came as a surprise to most or all of his fans.
Other brilliant artistes like Bukky Wright, Adeniyi Johnson, Iyabo Ojo, Bidemi kosoko, Desmond Elliot all displayed their excellent acting skills to ensure the movie was a success.
Despite the brilliant performances by all the actors, we still question Bukky Wright who played the role of Sewa’s doctor without much research. Probably, she had never acted a part that needed much research and patience…yes, some may argue that she was just doing her job and calling a spade what it is, but we think she could have been more sympathetic to her patient’s plight. A patient who had just been diagnosed with a life threatening disease could use a bit of sympathy if not empathy. And was she smiling…?
In terms of Directing, big ups to Desmond Elliot, who has carved a niche for himself in that area, He has proven to be a salient force in movie directing and UNFORGIVABLE was another smashing success for him. The picture quality is also another aspect that shouldn’t go unnoticed; it was brilliant and depicted even the slight difference in the eras. The movie was shot in Lagos, Nigeria.
The sequential arrangement of events in the movie could only be the work of a pro! The plot was eventful, inventive and far from boring. The young era (University days) smoothly rolled into the older era. There was no unnecessary use of flashbacks or stories within the story and editing was clean.
The soundtrack If Wishes Were Horses was written and performed by the producer of the movie…Dayo Amusa. A beautiful and meaningful piece telling the story of a love gone sour without giving too much away like some tend to do.
On a general note, the question is “Did Dayo Amusa deliver her message, and did she do it well?” Well, judging by the response it got, the answer is a big ‘YES’. She delivered her message and with every action in the movie, she got a reaction.
To the prospective Audience with no trust in Nollywood, Dayo Amusa lures you to trust again.
It is a movie you really should see.
To the cast and crew, THUMBS UP!