“The Black Book” (2023) Movie on Netflix. Review: A Thriller with A Social Lense

The Black Book is a Nigerian crime thriller film directed by Editi Effiong and starring Richard Mofe-Damijo, Joke Silva, and Funke Akindele.

“The Black Book” is a film that primarily aims to portray a social situation. Right from the beginning, the movie sets itself on the clear premise of showcasing the state of the country (Nigeria), and the characters’ stories revolve around and exist for this purpose.

It is a film with a lot of social commentary. However, here we will look at its cinematic value, which in this case is quite high. The characters are justified in telling us a well-told story.

It’s a film from which you can only learn a lesson, and the social realism is introduced from the very first frame.

The Black Book
The Black Book

Plot

The film tells the story of Paul Edima (Mofe-Damijo), a deacon whose son is wrongly accused of a crime and framed by a corrupt police gang. Paul takes matters into his own hands to clear his son’s name and expose the corrupt officials responsible.

Movie Review

A film that is based on an idea and comes to educate us, whether fairly or unfairly (we won’t delve into that), about the concept of justice and the corruption a country suffers.

If you’re in the mood for a lesson and also want to watch an entertaining film, “The Black Book” is a good opportunity for that. It knows how to handle the pacing, has good editing and cinematography, and its arguments are indisputable.

Another question is whether the situations or characters are too flat and obvious to engage the viewers who have already seen countless movies about injustices.

There would be two types of viewers for this film: those who contemplate it from the perspective of its social realism (they will undoubtedly appreciate it), and those who want to see a different aesthetic and, being a bit dilettante, approach cinema more as a concept than as reality. We don’t think the latter group will enjoy it.

It has rhythm and editing, it has action, and it works within the linearity of its plot and intentions.

The Black Book
The Black Book

Our Opinion

A production that aims to showcase the social reality of a country. It is social realism in its purest form, and will probably be to the liking of some viewers.

Movie Trailer

Release Date

September 22, 2023

Where to Watch “The Black Book”

Netflix

The Cast

Richard Mofe-Damijo
Richard Mofe-Damijo

Richard Mofe-Damijo, also known as RMD, is a well-known Nigerian actor and politician. Born on July 6, 1961, he has achieved great success in his career. In 2005, he was honored with the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, showcasing his exceptional talent. Apart from his acting prowess, Mofe-Damijo has also ventured into politics. Since January 2009, he has held the esteemed position of Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria. Read more

Ade Laoye
Ade Laoye
Sam Dede
Sam Dede

Alex Usifo Omiagbo
Shaffy Bello
Kelechi Udegbe

The Black Book

The Black Book

Movie title: The Black Book

Movie description: After his son is wrongly accused of kidnapping, a deacon who has just lost his wife takes matters into his own hands and fights a crooked police gang to clear him.

Date published: September 17, 2023

Country: Nigeria

Duration: 124 mins

Director(s): Editi Effiong

Writer(s): Editi Effiong, Bunmi Ajakaiye

Cinematography: Yinka Edward

Music: Kulanen Ikyo

Actor(s): Richard Mofe-Damijo, Ade Laoye, Sam Dede, Alex Usifo Omiagbo, Shaffy Bello, Kelechi Udegbe

Genre: Thriller

Companies: Anakle Films, Netflix

Our Opinion

A production that aims to showcase the social reality of a country. It is social realism in its purest form, and will probably be to the liking of some viewers.

Overall

2.7
Martin Cid
Martin Cid
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