August 07, 2016
in Film and TV
Izu Ojukwu, who is popular for directing the 5 Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) movies; Sitanda, White Waters, Cindy’s Notes, The Child and Alero’s Symphony and several other movies where he creates very believable action scenes and sequences, has been missing in action for some time. Although his fans are eagerly awaiting his upcoming film, 76, he surprisingly shows up as the director and producer of Remember Me, Uru Eke’s maiden project.
Heirida’s (Uru Eke’s) dreams usually come to fruition and for her, danger lurks around, but her husband, David (Femi Jacobs), thinks his wife is abnormal and is more interested in terminating her relationship with Martin (Enyinna Nwigwe), her childhood friend and confidant.
Onyinye Egenti’s screenplay is not gripping because it fails to appropriately handle understandability (the fact that the audience must figure out every action and the reasons they occur). The audience could be in suspense and not decipher why certain actions take place, but at the end of the film, they must connect all the dots. Unfortunately, that is not the case in Remember Me, where many pertinent questions remain unanswered when the film ends.
Sisi (Chigurl) represents the stereotypical in-law in Nollywood films; who must fight a daughter and/or sister-in-law over everything, whether petty or serious. Worse still, woe betides the said daughter-in-law if her husband dies; she must face an inquisition from the man’s relatives, ultimately losing out on his estate. Much as Heirida does not lose out in this flick, it must be reiterated that the audience has become weary of such stories because they probably make up more than half that have ever been told.
Remember Me’s biggest undoing is that the audience is left to imagine the impact of Corporation X’s oil exploration activities on a certain community. Don’t tell, but show remains a basic element in filmmaking, which the film neglects at its own peril. Besides, the film’s screenplay is not taut enough to elicit appropriate responses from viewers. In other words, Remember Me is quite easy to forget because many of the characters are not three-dimensional; that is, they do not catch the audience’s attention, are not intriguing and, above all, are not believable. This fate is suffered by the leading and supporting characters, who include those mentioned at the outset, as well as Mike Tamuno (O. C. Ukeje), Godfrey Essien (Victor Olaotan) and Tokunbo (Anthony Monjaro).
The principal lesson from Remember Me is that underrating the screenwriting process – an essential building block of film – is catastrophic because the actors and director coupled with exquisite cameras, locations, makeup and everything else cannot perform any magic if the screenplay is pedestrian.
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