Trapped in the Game
NR ReviewGenre: Suspense
POSITIVES:Amazing cast, interesting storyline
NEGATIVE:Really isn't anything new
It seems like he’s playing the same roles over and over again (especially for his Made in Ghana movies) and in the movies that he doesn’t play the same role, he is not being stretched much. So I probably shouldn’t say he is a phenomenal actor, because he hasn’t been doing anything phenomenal of late, just the usual.
-Story: [4 out of 5] I especially loved the flow of the first episode of the movie. Those 50 or so minutes literally flew by. At first you wonder “oops, did I put in the wrong part or is there a movie before this one”. But it ties together so well in the first episode and just flows and flows (and all this before Majid’s character is introduced). One can fault Frank for theft, lack of originality and other similar offences but never for lack of effort.
-Originality: [0 out of 5] It’s the same basic ‘the game’ storyline with a couple twists here and there. One thing that did get me about this movie though were the lines that follow
A: If you were to buy a dog, what breed of dog would you buy?
B: An Alsatian, ma.
B: Because they are a loyal breed
A: What breed of dogs do you belong to?
Very creative lines. Very smart. Very crafty, and I thought so too when I heard the exact same lines in a different movie a couple days ago. In this movie A is JJ Bunny and B is a random extra. In that movie (which by the way was called “Stand by me” and I’m yet to finish), A was Khareema Aquiar and B Kofi Adjorlolo. Both movies were released around the same time. Different casts. Different production houses. Yet the exact same lines. What gives?
*UPDATE*: Turns out that this movie is a rip of the 2009 movie “Across the Hall” starring Brittany Murphy
-Predictability: [4 out of 5] Definitely not the ending…. eh… definitely not the conve… hmm… not the usual. Different! And it also depends upon whether or not you’ve seen the original movie
-Directing/Editing: [3 out of 5] It was a job well done for the most. It was not exactly the best Frank Rajah cinematography but I’m assuming it’s because the movie was not that big or didn’t have that huge of a budget but regardless it was a fine film.
-Acting quality: [4 out of 5] Let’s start by stating the obvious, Majid Michel is a phenomenal actor who gets progressively better. Although, I feel of late that he is not being challenged enough (or at all, actually). It seems like he’s playing the same roles over and over again (especially for his Made in Ghana movies) and in the movies that he doesn’t play the same role, he is not being stretched much. So I probably shouldn’t say he is a phenomenal actor, because he hasn’t been doing anything phenomenal of late, just the usual.
You know the beautiful thing about this movie? They killed Artus Frank in part 1! I was doing a mental dance in my head after this and just praying that he doesn’t flash back his character through part 2 (which thankfully didn’t happen). And this is not simply because I have developed a dislike for Artus (which in itself is not a complete lie), but because he was doing so well. He didn’t have that many vocal scenes so he didn’t have many opportunities to make a fool out himself by murdering the English language. Artus did a fine job in this movie.
But when others are conquering their grammar problems, we still have those who pronounce ‘which’ as ‘wish’. I mean… JJ Bunny is becoming a fine actress. She is doing amazingly well with emoting. I mean she’s almost entirely convincing. But we need to curb that language challenge pronto.
Everyone else involved, whose name you know, did a great job. I especially loved that Kofi Adjorlolo was cast in a non-conventional role. He is not a politician, he is not a father, he is not a schemer, he’s just a regular person in this movie. Some of the extras were semi-painful to watch but not as painful as the usual
-Setting: [4 out of 5] On point
-Costume/Make-Up: [4 out of 5] I was really in love with JJ Bunny’s hair in the first couple of scenes (and her outfit for the most part), and then they flashed back three years earlier (dot) (dot) (dot). I have to ask, what is up with all the blonde hair? Regardless, most of the costumes were on point.
-Props and Graphics: [3 out of 5] Not bad
-Video Quality: [4 out of 5] Well done
-Audio Quality [4 out of 5] Good
-Soundtrack: [2 out of 5] I wasn’t feeling it, it wasn’t that good. It could have been better.
-Musical Score: [4 out of 5] Very well done
Trapped in the Game,