I Do Not Come to You by Chance delves into the world of scams, family dynamics, and the pursuit of a better life. Directed by Ishaya Bako, this gripping drama offers a unique perspective on a prevalent issue.
Paul Nnadiekwe delivers a satisfactory performance as Kingsley, a young man reluctantly drawn into the world of email scams by his uncle Boniface aka “Cash Daddy” to support his struggling family. While the acting isn’t flawless throughout, Nnadiekwe’s portrayal captures the emotional complexity of his character. However, it’s the standout portrayal of Kingsley’s aunt that steals the show, infusing depth and authenticity into the film’s exploration of family tensions.
One aspect that warrants further exploration is Kingsley’s transformation from a truth-teller to a scammer once again. The film leaves this shift in his mindset somewhat unexplained, leaving viewers curious about the internal motivations that led to this change and wondering if it was intentional to reflect the unpredictability and ambiguity of human nature.
The ending serves as a stark departure from the Western ideal of redemption. It unapologetically confronts the harsh reality that going back to the right track is often a difficult, sometimes undesirable journey. The film’s conclusion is a powerful indictment that refuses to romanticize notions of salvation, forcing the viewers to confront uncomfortable truths about the world we inhabit.
Despite some small narrative gaps and occasional pacing issues, the film remains a potent exploration of the sacrifices people make for family and the socioeconomic challenges in Nigeria. I Do Not Come to You by Chance is an almost must-see for those seeking a compelling drama with a social commentary that challenges familiar narratives.