BY JAX OLOTU
I like to put myself in the mind of the storyteller to understand what they were thinking when they created their story. In the case of Breaking Rules, I’m not so sure. What did they want us to think, or feel, or do, based on this story? How was this story going to leave us when it was done? Questions.
In Breaking Rules, we meet Vivian, stuck-up young woman who meets Martins, typical lover boy wannabe. He chases her relentlessly until she warms up to him, unknown to her that she was a bet among friends. Martins and Vivian have sex, the losers pay up grudgingly, and Martins practically flees with his bounty. Vivian is heartbroken, has an accident, Martins returns and begs and claims he has fallen in love. She agrees, then she learns she was only a drunken discussion they betted upon, and she is hurt once more.
Okay, that’s it. The above would have been termed spoilers, but there really isn’t anything to spoil with this film, as it does a decent job of that on its own with its gross unoriginality. How many times have you seen a storyline like this? A thousand? Ten? Granted, Okafor’s Law also towed this path, but at least it gave the idea a little spice, even making a universal law out of it. The only thing Breaking Rules does is break your concentration on what could have been an important two hours of your life with its astounding cliché.
Its unexciting story aside, Breaking Rules suffers from a horrible soundtrack, something from a 2001 low budget Nollywood flick, the kind that tells you the film’s story with nasal voices and amateur adlibs. The songs make you want to tear your ears out with their total want for creativity. Lighting is hit and miss, continuity falls flat, and the only glowing thing left is the acting which leaves you smiling in places.
Deyemi Okanlawon and Enado Odigie once again play love interests here and bring good chemistry. While Deyemi is playing this kind of role for the umpteenth time and comes as no surprise, Enado is the one to watch as she expresses a wide range of emotions at different points of the film and gets the audience to relate. There’s also Seun Akindele, Yvonne Jegede and Olakunle Fawole, all portraying their roles seamlessly. Amarachi Audu is an interesting revelation here too as Ella.
Breaking Rules was produced by Yvonne Jegede and Taiwo Adebayo, and directed by Biodun Stephen.
In the end, I think I have my answer: The minds behind this film refused to put in the work required to make it even slightly unpredictable and less bland. Now that’s just sad.