Friday, September 16, 2016

Adama (2015)

12-year­old Adama lives in a remote village in West Africa, sheltered by the Cliffs. When Samba, his elder brother, suddenly vanishes from the village, Adama decides to set off in search of him.
Directed by Simon Rouby. Starring Azize Diabaté Abdoulaye, Pascal N'Zonzi, Oxmo Puccino, and Jack Mba.

Wow, this movie looks gorgeous. Some of those shots were just stunning; I'm thinking in particular of the one where he's walking and in the background are shadows of passersby. It's the kind of story that should affect me more than it does, but in the end, I don't know that I connected much with the main character. Earlier this year I watched Beasts of No Nation, and that was a much more compelling movie about young boys in the midst of war, partly because of the strength of the main character, who was a vibrant and interesting child. Adama can't help but seem a little bland in comparison. Worth watching for the animation, but doesn't deliver as I hoped when it comes to the story.

3 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Adama > The Crazies (2010)
Adama < A Clockwork Orange
Adama > The Gold Rush
Adama < The Green Mile
Adama < Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
Adama < Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Adama < Splice
Adama > Peter Pan Live!
Adama < Elf
Adama > Connie and Carla
Adama > The Diary of Anne Frank (2009)

Final spot: #926 out of 2508.

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