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Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)



Critic Consensus: While it doesn't quite do justice to the source material, Half of a Yellow Sun adapts Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel with committed performances and narrative nuance.

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Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Upon returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the "revolutionary professor" Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (John Boyega) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises even herself when she falls in love with Richard (Joseph Mawle), an English writer. Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life seem to loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic, ending in chilling violence which shocked the entire world. (c) Monterey Media

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Joseph Mawle
as Richard
Genevieve Nnaji
as Miss Adebayo
Jude Orhorha
as Harrison
Gloria Young
as Aunty Ifeka
Tina Mba
as Mrs. Ozobia
Wale Ojo
as Chief Okonji
Ayo Lijadu
as Professor Ezeka
Zack Orji
as Chief Ozobia
Kasper Michaels
as Plump Charles
Reginald Ofodile
as Uncle Mbaezi
Paul Hampshire
as Professor Lehman
Rob David
as Redhead Charles
O.C. Ukeje
as Aniekwena
Paresh Behera
as Dr. Patel
Hakeem Kae-Kazim
as Captain Dutse
Divine Emmanuel
as Baby (1 year)
Joy Emmanuel
as Baby (3 years)
Favour Asikpa
as Baby (5 years)
Olawale Obadeyi
as Three Piece Man
Eme Awatt
as Bar Proprietress
Jerome Iniobong
as Bartender
Tony Effah
as Elderly Man
Kanayo Okani
as Young Customs Officer
Nicholas Burns
as Tipsy Guest
Eric Anderson
as Biafran Soldier One
Alvin Ilenre
as Biafran Soldier Two
Effiom Bassey
as Member - Cardinal Rex Lawson & His Rivers Men
Christopher Udom
as Member - Cardinal Rex Lawson & His Rivers Men
Ubong Bassey Inyang
as Member - Cardinal Rex Lawson & His Rivers Men
Ita Asuquo
as Member - Cardinal Rex Lawson & His Rivers Men
Banabas Monday Gimmy
as Member - Cardinal Rex Lawson
Kingsley Bassey
as Member - Cardinal Rex Lawson
Victor Umana
as Member - Cardinal Rex Lawson
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Director Biyi Bandele adapted the book, which was superb and gut-wrenching, but the film turns turgid and shies away from showing the true horrors of the war and is the poorer for it.

December 31, 2017 | Full Review…
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Biyi Bandele has excerpted their story from a much wider-ranging narrative, but the action here is still so tightly compressed that this feels like a precis for a movie twice its length.

August 7, 2014 | Full Review…

The best of the movie finds a way to abridge the novel and still allow the scenes to breathe.

July 31, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Like many a lengthy novel, it might have worked better as a television series.

July 10, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4

"Half of a Yellow Sun" winds up being one of those movies in which a pesky event of great historical import keeps getting in the way of a soap-opera romance.

July 10, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The result is that melodramatic soap opera elements win out over Bandele's attempts at stirring historical drama. That said, it's still a story worth telling.

June 19, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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