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Movie Review: Living In Bondage (Breaking Free) Needs A Sequel and Here’s Why

Living In Bondage: Breaking Free is a sequel to the 1992 classic, Living In Bondage. The 2019 Nollywood Thriller follows the story of ambitious Nnamdi Okeke (Andy Okeke’s son) and his desire and pursuit for wealth. The sequel is Ramsey Nouah’s directorial debut and I loved to see it.

The cinematography, acting, editing, script was spot on but when it ended, there was only one word that could describe how I felt; Dissatisfaction.

I felt dissatisfied because it didn’t provide the conclusion that I was hoping for. Hence, it needs a sequel. Ok, I know it sounds crazy but there’s no reason why Living In Bondage: Breaking Free shouldn’t get a sequel and every reason why it should.

Before I watched it, I thought it would be the final end but I’ve watched it now and there’s no way I’m comfortable with how it ended. I’m also not going to accept that the cliffhanger at the end was a mistake or that it was unintended. I and hundreds of ticket-money-wielding fans require a sequel to feel better and here’s why.

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4 Reasons Why Living In Bondage (Breaking Free) Needs A Sequel

Ramsey Nouah as Richard Williams

On the grounds of this alone, there should be a sequel. I mean, the man is enough reason to spend money for a sequel.

(It’s a joke. Maybe not)

But think about it. Think about the ending. All that Uzoma’s talk about Richard Williams being the devil himself, with no known human origins, bottomless wealth, and even his persona – that has to count for grounds to build a sequel on, right?

I mean, as much as I stan Ramsey and Richard, I want to see the conclusion of Richard’s chapter (and more Ramsey screen time).

Where’s The Breaking Free?

I’m saying this because everyone was waiting for the ‘Breaking Free’ that never came in the sequel. Andy may have broken free and become a pastor, but his lineage didn’t break free.

Nnamdi, in his own greed, jumped on the Keeping Up With The Ritualists challenge and further deepened the initial work of his father. Maybe the third Okeke man or woman will be the one to destroy Richard and finally create a path for the Okeke line to break free.

(Or – get this – or Richard Williams will have a son or daughter that’ll hate and love him to the point of destroying him)

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Nnamdi still Owes Richard Williams

He may have attempted suicide, but an unsuccessful attempt is not the same as outright death. The devil/Richard gave Nnamdi wealth, power and everything he ever wanted. When Nnamdi was asked to repay his debt, Nnamdi began to act like he didn’t know what was happening.

Is it nievity, foolishness, or him just being dumb? What exactly is Nnamdi’s problem?

Andy (Nnamdi’s father) told Nnamdi he was working for ritualists. Nnamdi didn’t listen.

The Nwories told Nnamdi that Chief Omego and co were ritualists. Poverty blinded his eyes.

Uzoma sent him an email and yet, Nnamdi still plunged head on despite the warnings.

It’s as if he selectively chose to believe what he wanted to be the truth but the thing is, a problem doesn’t go away just because you wish it so, or because you ignore it.

We see Nnamdi’s selective belief when his father tries to tell Nnamdi that he’s his father and warns him about Richard and Chief Omego. Trying to convince him that he’s saying the truth, Andy lets Nnamdi know the he gave up his first wife, Merit, to be used for money rituals.

Nnamdi, in his greedy foolishness and selective hearing, only heard the part where Andy said he used Merit for rituals. Nnamdi believed and called Andy a murderer but chose not to recognize him as his father or acknowledge that he might be saying the truth about Richard.

He believed that Andy used Merit for rituals but chose not to believe Richard and Chief Omego were of the same cult?

Richard/The Dark Lord better come for the blood and body Nnamdi owes them because such behavior shouldn’t be allowed to fly. Andy paid with Merit. His son, Nnamdi, can’t be allowed to pay with a false suicide.

Kelly’s Past

It seems like the writers of Living in Bondage: Breaking Free deliberatley left some holes to be used to develop a story for another sequel. One of such holes is Kelly’s past.

The night she broke up with Nnamdi, she saw him being chummy with another cultist member which Kelly knows. Surprisingly, she also knows that this same cult member has the same tattoos and marks that Nnamdi has and in the exact same place.

I want to assume that she dated this other man before or at least had a fling with him. If not, how did she know the other man had a scar on his back and immediately move to ask Nnamdi if Richard made him do anything? It wasn’t mentioned in the film and she didn’t tell Obinna to our hearing, so is this connected to a possible sequel as well?

Also, Kelly made mention of her not wanting to make the same mistake with Nnamdi that she made in her past. What is this past Kelly referred to and how did she know the other cultist?

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On A Serious Note…

Nnamdi getting initiated in his dream and it being effective in real life suggests that greed works from within.

It’s like those ritualiists in Nigeria who bewitch random people into surrendering all they have on the promise of unending wealth. If you read confessions of these ritualists, they always say their plan worked because the victim was greedy and that was what they took advantage of.

Maybe this is what happened to Nnamdi. Deep within, he so wanted to get rich that he was willing to do anything to get it. I mean, if he was asked to bring any random person instead of someone he loved, he probably would have given the innocent person up for wads of cash or at least, considered it.

It serves as a lesson to many of us that sometimes, we may not know what decision we’ll take until the choice is left to your subconscious/reflex to make.

In Conclusion…

Living in Bondage: Breaking Free should get a sequel. The loose ends are too significant to leave untied. I want to see someone break free… really break free from the clutches of The Six. I want to see Richard Fall. I want to see Nnamdi pay for his sudden wealth and return to living in hustle. I want Kelly’s past to be connected. I want a lot of things but really, I just want a sequel to the sequel.

4 thoughts on “Movie Review: Living In Bondage (Breaking Free) Needs A Sequel and Here’s Why”

  1. Highlight: An element of L.I.B is like those ritualists in Nigeria who bewitch random people into surrendering all they have on the promise of unending wealth.

  2. I think they will make a sequel tooo I know Ramsey Noah is too smart to let it end there man must make more money that’s where they left alotta gaps

  3. haha.. You nailed it. So like you mentioned there are so many loose ends, like WIlliams history, Nmandi’s survival, that twist of him surviivng the stab was a clear indication that the story was not finished, also what happens to his wealth after escaping death? Is he rerally free now?? did he really escape death? does he become poor again??

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