In a nutshell, Voiceless is a story depicting the Boko Haram-Chibok girl’s saga and the aftermath of it all, some of which are still ongoing as we speak.
We have a character called Goni, whose village was raided and the men were taken to the insurgent’s camp. Then there’s Salma, whose school was raided and the girls taken to become playthings for the insurgents.
I will say that the movie does well in portraying the level of chaos and havoc that one, especially someone far away from it all imagines has happened. On the other hand, it adds a lot of details that end up deviating from what we all think is the point of this movie.
I had my heart in my mouth most times because of the constant adrenaline rush, rollercoaster of emotions, and reawakened anger that overcame me due to how the scenes of violence, carnage, rape, tears, and more were portrayed, and honestly, that is a huge plus.
The cinematography and the score were also beautifully well done and it did do enough to make the movie a beautiful experience for the most part.
Coincidentally, the story ends up getting twisted in the wrong way, almost as if it was done to please the people behind the curtain, and not tell the gruesome and bitter truth as is.
For instance, while watching the movie, you will almost think that the real bad guy is Banza, basically the second in command, and not “Shekau” himself. Heck, you may almost want to start idolizing him at some point.
There was also the topic of the romance between Goni and Salma. At some point, I was actually confused as to when it all started. It felt like one moment, he was sneaking her into the tent housing the other girls, and the next moment, they were in love and wanted to get married.
It is also interesting to note that the movie depicts a tale of how the Government were absolutely NOT instrumental in any of the Chibok girls getting rescued, so I do hope this movie helps in us re-asking those questions again.
At the end of the day, Voiceless has heart and will take you through an emotional rollercoaster. You may fall off sometimes due glitches on the railway, but if you hang on tight, you just might get the kind of movie that’ll leave goose pimples on your skin.
Is Voiceless worth watching? Yes, it is.