Light in the Dark is a 2019 Nollywood drama directed and produced by Ekene Som Mekwunye. It stars Rita Dominic and Kalu Ikeagwu, with Joke Silva, Kiki Omeili, Saidi Balogun and Nonso Odugwu.
The movie follows Mr Emeka and Mrs Jumoke Arinze (Kalu Ikeagwu and Rita Dominic), a couple with a ten-year-old child. They live a happy, comfortable life, their days filled with love and laughter. But everything comes crashing down following a traumatic home invasion.
Light in the Dark doesn’t have a great plot, largely because it is poorly paced, with focus on all the wrong things. It introduces rather unnecessary conflicts, like the intermarriage conflict and the appearance of an old flame. The latter leads to a “twist” that only makes Mr Arinze seem thoughtless instead of considerate towards his traumatized wife.
The movie has lessons to teach, and they are almost willing to break the fourth wall, yet they don’t tell or show us how to offer emotional support to a survivor of sexual assault. As for the plot, it is far too slow, and we don’t see the whole point of the movie until a few minutes to the end. It comes a bit too late to be fleshed out or have much of an emotional impact, but it’s a decent lesson.
Great cast but…
The movie has a competent cast, but it’s easy to overlook their talent because of the poor writing. There is a scene where the movie needs to teach something, and instead of it to be a natural part of the conversation, it just comes out of nowhere, like someone suddenly started playing a recording. It’s easy to drain the charisma out of professionals, and Light in the Dark did its actors a disservice by choosing to teach a lesson instead of telling a story. But Kudos to Rita Dominic and Kalu Ikeagwu for their great chemistry and expression of grief and shock.
While Light in the Dark may get tiring, it is least visually pleasing, with good camera work, music, costumes and set design. It may not seem like much, but sometimes even great visuals can stop people from falling asleep during a movie.
The movie would have been so much better if they focused on one thing. There are so many ways it could have gone. Instead too many things were shoved in, and it still managed to be too slow! It’s incredible! We must deliver Nollywood from its plot problem.