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The Black Book

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violence, trauma in intense Nollywood action-thriller.

Movie NR 2023 124 minutes
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This is an intense if highly stylized Nollywood action-thriller. The Black Book treads on some familiar ground in the action-thriller genre: official corruption, revenge, hostages, retired warriors forced by circumstance to become warriors once more, etc. There are some obvious nods to the sensibilities of other directors who make these kinds of movies. And yet, the story takes on complexities not often seen in action-thrillers.

While some plot twists feel more than a little forced, the central conflicts are engaging, both in the external action and in the internal reckoning that the lead character Paul must face. As a bonus, the scenes of Lagos -- Nigeria's capital -- and surrounding areas provide an interesting backdrop as the history and culture have a significant influence on the main characters and the story. It shows a world audiences outside of Africa are only now just beginning to truly see and appreciate in all its rich complexity.

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