Half of a Yellow Sun – film review

Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in a Biafran war drama

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton in 'Half of a Yellow Sun'

A simultaneously plodding and confusing adaptation of the bestselling 2006 novel Half of a Yellow Sun has Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor struggling to make it through the Biafran war. There is nothing here that comes over like cinema – it’s quite well acted, quite handsomely got up, but its essential TV-movie dreariness continually makes you want to walk out. Everything seems off-target, minor, as though the story (which is at times unforgivably unclear) isn’t being dramatised so much as merely acted out and hurried through.

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