NR ReviewGenre: Suspense
POSITIVES:Good acting and directing
NEGATIVE:Storyline and dialogues are stolen
“Don’t be fooled, Diane! We’re just another married couple trying to iron out our differences”
– Majid Michel
-Story: [4 out of 5] “There is no way in hell that Phil Efe Bernard came up with this story all by himself” was all I could think 15 minutes into this movie, “just noooooo way”. Isn’t this the guy from Venus films. Aka the same Venus Films of Frank Rajah. The same Frank Rajah who literally ‘steals’ every (well almost ‘every’) story he has ever made…
-Originality: [0 out of 5] …and like I had assumed, Phil Efe did NOT in fact come up with this storyline by himself (*phew* we can all rest now, all is still well with the world). The movie, “Deadly Affair” is a rip of the 1998 Andrew Davis film “A Perfect Murder” starring Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow. Everything is stolen except for a couple changes in character names and occupations. Even the dialogue was a copy and paste job (well something like that). See this…
Lines from ‘A Perfect Murder':
“Hey Steven, do I keep f**king your wife in the meantime, or what?
Lines from ‘Deadly Affair':
“So do I go ahead and keep f**king your wife till you decide when the next move is?”
-Predictability: [3 out of 5] I think this is strongly dependent on whether or not you’ve seen the original movie. However, for those who haven’t, the story in itself only becomes predictable when it wants to be. It’s predictability is not a weakness but a (I guess I can say) ‘tool’.
-Directing/Editing: [4 out of 5] I absolutely loved the cinematography in this movie. You can fault Phil Efe for many things but I’m assuming ‘bad directorial abilities’ isn’t exactly one of those things.
-Acting quality: [3 out of 5] Before I say anything, let’s start by stating the obvious… the extras… what? No… no… NO! If we removed the extras, this movie would have been that much better. Loved Majid Michel and Jackie Appiah (except in the scenes where it seemed like she was overdoing the ‘celebrity’ thing). I like THIS Kalsum Sinare. The calm and good tempered Kalsum. Enough of all those ‘forced’ acting she’s been doing in the past year. Prince Prince Prince! At first, I didn’t think he was that torturous in this movie. He wasn’t bad and I just kept hoping his character either died off or got lost or went to jail or became deaf, dumb, lame and quadruplegic all at the same time… but no such luck. Prince seems to be simply RECITING his lines. There is no emotion in his acting. It’s just flat! Loved Roselyn Ngissah, I strongly believe she needs to stick to these kind of scripts, not those yeyelites she has been doing of late. The stand out character for me, however, must be Bismark Nii Odoi who played the role of the gateman in this movie. In the “Deadline” review, I had mentioned that he might as well be the Ime Bishop Umoh of Ghana. The guy is just too funny
-Setting: [4 out of 5] Loved the sets, especially the set of Majid and Jackie’s home. I did think that that the set for the ‘movie premiere’ seemed a bit too ‘low-budget’ (if I can call it that). Not enough effort was put into that set.
-Costume/Make-Up: [3 out of 5] Lovely, but Prince needs to learn that sunshades are made to shade you from the SUN and as there is no ‘sun’ indoors, the sunshades should be taken off. (Common sense. It’s not so common)
-Props and Graphics: [4 out of 5] Not bad. Loved the fact that they actually used real legit paintings of Jackie Appiah in the artist’s studio.
-Video Quality: [4 out of 5] Well done
-Audio Quality [4 out of 5] Good
-Soundtrack: [3 out of 5] Ok! But I felt it could have been better
-Musical Score: [4 out of 5] Austine Erowele is nothing if not skilled at that which he does