Sarah Wayne Callies

Well-intentioned 'Black November' tends to overreach

Nigerian militant group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta devoted a decade to raising hell about the exploitation and pollution of the region by oil corporations, often resorting to guerrilla warfare and terrorism to get its points across. Nollywood filmmaker Jeta Amata's "Black November" dramatizes the outfit's mission, enemies and tactics almost in bullet-point form, eschewing any complexities in its onslaught. The film opens with the Nigerian rebels piling up cars and taking hostages in the 2nd Street tunnel in downtown Los Angeles in broad daylight. They make their demands in a roundabout flashback that will make up the bulk of the running time. ...