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Unconditional

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Posted May 20, 2014 by in Drama
Unconditional

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2.5/ 5

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SYNOPSIS: A mother is devastated when one of her identical twin daughters is kidnapped from her car seat en route home from school, and makes it her mission to find her, no matter how long it takes.
 
Parts/Divisions: The movie, unconditional, has only one part
 
Cast: Uche Jombo, Dakore Egbuson, Chika Chukwu, Isabel Aghahawa, Ruth Kadiri, Annie Macaulay, Bayo Bankole, Lepacious Bose
 
Introduction: An opportunity lost
 

POSITIVES:

An original storyline
 

NEGATIVE:

Story is not explored as much as it could have
 
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Unconditional is a movie that strikes the audience. From the trailer and the promotions it appears like something new, different, intriguing. In reality, however, it turned out to be far from it. Unconditional tells the story about a mother who looses one of her twins at a young age only to find her in another […]

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Unconditional is a movie that strikes the audience. From the trailer and the promotions it appears like something new, different, intriguing. In reality, however, it turned out to be far from it.

Unconditional tells the story about a mother who looses one of her twins at a young age only to find her in another woman’s house a few years later claiming that she was adopted.

When you watch the trailer of this movie, it is intriguing. You want to watch it, not necessarily for how it ends – which was unexpected by the way, but just to see how it plays out. The loss of this movie is that it doesn’t do much playing out. It goes through a predetermined sequence of events without giving anything substantial to make it a memorable movie. To be honest, it seemed the highlights of this movie were all in the trailer. If you watched the trailer you probably got a much more entertaining experience than you will watching the movie, if you did not watch the trailer however then maybe you are the better for it.

The movie deals with a serious subject that could have been turned into a fabulous storyline that would have made the list of any classics. However, it seemed to have been too low budget, too hurriedly made, or taken the lazy man’s way out because there wasn’t much to lean on in this movie as far as content goes.

Of course it was thrilling to see Dakore on screen and it was also a tad exciting being able to spot the young Idibia child in the movie, but that’s as far as excitement goes for this movie. Also the movie is supposed to be about one thing yet there were so much scenes and so much focus on Lepacious Bose’s character. Lepacious Bose plays an adoption agent with a shaky family life. For some reason, half of this movie was dedicated to inundating us with unessential details about her domestic life, her relationship with her husband, and her potentially bipolar mental status. Lepacious’ character was probably intended as comic relief but when the comic relief begins to take this much center stage then the story begins to lose focus.

Asides from the storyline other aspects of the movie hinted at a very low budget, or lazy man approach to film making. These included things such as drawing vertical lines on the screen in the name of jail bars, the use of really dramatic music and slow motion at the most irrelevant points in the movie, as well as the poor acting from all the children in the movie.

In conclusion, Unconditional was an opportunity lost. Now I am waiting for someone else to take this initiative and make a concrete movie out of it.


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2 Comments


  1.  
    Uk

    I love this movie, just Thank God I watched it first since I always believe in some of your reviews though I will have to disagree with you on this review.

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  2.  
    Alfia Johnson

    I see that you made no mention of Uche Jombo’s amazing and convincing performance in this film. I thought that it was a really good film, and that the story line and they way it played out was able to appeal to the audience emotionally. My criticism is that, as you mentioned, entirely too much time was devoted to Lepacious Bose’s character and domestic situation. At one point I wondered how much time we would have to see her in action, minus involvement with the main and supporting characters. The “comic relief” was overkill, and had no relevance. I will say that I thought the young girls playing the daughters did very well. I have never been certain of Dakore’s skills, but I think in this film she was somewhat convincing. I would still recommend this film despite its flaws, as appreciate Uche’s efforts in addressing child trafficking.

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