In this video you can see that some shots are framed inappropriately. you can see this when there were close ups of Rihanna's lips as well as her hands and arms. This video use slow pace and gentle transitions which sets the mood (which is quite eerie). Furthermore the video is in black and white which also adds to the atmosphere. Also in this video clip there are fragmented shots which makes the music video seem sexual in a way. It makes the audience "fill in the gaps" when some pats are not shown in the video.
This video has a lot of narrative and there are a lot of different shots that convey meaning.
NarrativeThe beginning of the music video straight away tells you what the plot of the music video is about when it says "The worst thing about crossing a line," and then "is when you don't know, you already have". This text shown immediately indicates to the audience that the main character is going to cross the line and when linking it with the title of the video you can work out that he crosses the line due to love. A man is then seen telling Drake (main character and artist) in a long panning shot that he's going to get himself into trouble and mentions a name, then it cuts to extreme close-up of a mans eyes, this indicates to the audience he's a dangerous guy. It also creates enigma because we know that there is going to be trouble between this man and Drake but don't know what is going to happen exactly. Throughout the music video we see shots of a beautiful girl in a bikini on the beach (sexualisation of women, common in the genre of R&B). This implicitly tells the audience that this is the girl the two men are fighting over.
A range of shots in a club showed that the girl is the girlfriend of the gangsta (Movado), but then she ends up dancing with Drake, unfortunately they were seen which is a narrative cue that possibly leads to Drake's death. Towards the end of the music video we then see Drake going to see the girl but the gate is locked, Movado and his 'thugs' are then seen coming up behind him. This indicates the possible climax of the music video. At the very end of the video we get a close-up of drake handcuffed to a chair with Movado sat opposite holding a bullet, it then cuts to the same extreme close-up of his eyes we saw at the beginning of the music video which confirms who the man at the beginning was telling Drake about. The girl is then seen holding a gun and walks up behind Drake, the enigma of what happened to Drake in the end is still there because you don't actually see him get shot you just hear the bullets as the title is shown on screen so the audience is left wondering if the girl did betray Drake and shoot him or if she shot Movado to rescue Drake. There is no clear resolution at the end of the music video.