Onoshe Nwabuikwu

Ozark is an American crime drama web series created for Netflix and stars Jason Bateman (as Martin “Marty” Byrde) and Laura Linney (as Wendy Byrde). The couple is married with two children, Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner). They suddenly relocate from Chicago, where Marty worked as a financial advisor, to the Lake of Ozarks region in Missouri. The reason for the rushed relocation is because a money laundering scheme by Marty for Omar Navarro (Felix Solis), head of a Mexican drug cartel, goes wrong— his partner, Bruce Liddell (Josh Randall), embezzled some of the cartel’s money. To save himself and his family, Marty proposes to set shop elsewhere to continue to launder even more of the cartel’s money. It’s either that or death for him and his family. Settling in Ozark raises many questions as no one with nothing to hide goes to settle in Ozark. So, with the FBI breathing down their necks, the Byrdes stick together and are determined to remain so.  But can they survive the attack from all corners?

Even though it took me a moment to settle down into Ozark, I am happy I watched the three seasons (so far) of Ozark. In the beginning, there seemed to be too many things happening. Plus, Ozark, the ‘town’ and some of its dreariness takes some getting used to. However, I’m now hoping for a Season Four.

What makes Ozark tick? Or rather what do I like about Ozark? There’s a seamless simplicity and the cast members such as Jason Bateman (Marty Byrde) Laura Linney (as Wendy Byrde) are believable. Jason Bateman is quite spare with his expressions and doesn’t overact. I imagine that some other actor may not have resisted the temptation to ‘attack’ the role with more force. Bateman is effective as the financial ‘wiz’ who appears to be a pushover. His partner betrays him as does his wife who has an affair. At some point, his wife is the one calling the shots. But he’s bent on keeping his family together. Can he achieve this?

What to Watch

Living in Bondage: Breaking Free

The much waited, much celebrated movie, Living in Bondage: Breaking Free, directed by Ramsey Nouah and released in 2019 is now on Netflix. This information is especially useful to people like me who were not able to watch the film in the cinema. I’ll keep you posted.

Light in the Dark

Light in the Dark is the story of Emeka (Kalu Ikeagwu) and Jumoke (Rita Dominic) Arinze who get married against all odds. Eleven years and a daughter later, and with pressure from her mother-in-law (Ngozi Nwosu), Jumoke is desperate to have another child. Tragedy strikes when she is raped by an armed robber (Saidi Balogun). Now she’s pregnant. Who’s the father? And should it matter? Light in the Dark is directed by Ekene Som Mekwunye.

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