Finding Mercy is one of those movies that’s easy and fun to watch not because it’s exceptionally fascinating or intriguing in the least bit. It takes an atypical situation and wedges it in between regular day-to-day conflicts of life and somehow managed to create a story that holds the viewers attention for the two hour duration.
In”Finding Mercy”, two men raid a home they believe to be empty only to be accosted by a pregnant woman who momentarily goes into labor and they are left with a decision to make: to take her to the hospital or not to. After she is taken to the hospital the woman dies and the drama begins.
I will grant one thing off the bat: the movie is different. The originality of the initial concept is what holds you at first and as the movie spirals down the predetermined romance-drama path, the love that grows from the initial concept sustains you. As earlier stated, the movie isn’t exceptional but neither is it boring. It’s not fascinating but neither does it drag.
The performances in this movie were good in that they were able to sustain the strength of the movie even through the awkward moments. Getting through my initial amusement of seeing Blossom cry or Rita hyperventilate you get used to the comical presentation and begin to almost sympathize with them. I say ‘almost’ because I wasn’t entirely moved by any of the character’s predicaments in this movie as I assumed I was supposed to be. I did sympathize but the emotional connect was absent.
I must commend Uti Nwachukwu’s performance in the movie, this was definitely one of his better performances; and Biola Segun Williams for her low-down Yoruba market woman performance which was a quite a contrast from the polished educated lady they usually have her playing. Still undecided about Blossom as an actor, maybe I just haven’t seen the right movie yet.
Altogether Finding Mercy is a fairly entertaining watch. I wouldn’t go out of my way to watch it but if you have nothing to do it’s a great time-pass but calling it a ‘suspense drama’ is a far cry.
By the way, did you know that the two little boys who play Chioma & Desmond’s sons in the last scene are actually Desmond’s real sons?