Blood Game

Blood Game

Originally uploaded by NollywoodForever

Blood Game ~ 2009
Story – Chibueze Ucheama
Screenplay – Okey Okoh
Director – Okey Okoh

Starring:
Ini Edo – Mirabelle
Oge Okye – Vivian
Jim Iyke – Lanre
Jim Lawson Maduike – Papa Mira
Tina Anuziam – Mrs Graham
Mary Data Uranta – Empress
Ijeoma Chukwu Njoku – Omono
Prince Iyke Nkwuenu – Tunde
Emenem Mc Donald Uba – Timi
Benson Okonkwo – Okey
Nelson Okoroafor – Tony
Henry Chukwudi – Tito
Austin Comte- Student

Themes:
Campus
Jealousy
Politics

My Rating: 60%

Mirabelle and her two friends Empress and Vivian are hot girls on campus. They have plenty of men and money at their disposal. When Mira spots Lanre, a new student on campus she falls for him almost immediately and decides to make a move. She is used to getting what she wants and so she is perturbed when a mystery girl interrupts her getting close to Lanre not once but twice. One night at a club while she is talking to Lanre the mystery girl interrupts their conversation and drags him away to go and meet someone. Mira flips and later on when she sees the girl headed towards the ladies she decides to follow her and confront her. What happens next turns her world upside down.

*************SPOILERS*************

Gender Roles

We see a reversal in gender roles. In the beginning of the movie the girls pick up some dudes from a club and then after a night of passion throw them out in the morning,

“My friend, get your things and get out.”

We see the guys in the morning begging the girls to be friends and to meet again while the girls try and tell them that it was a one time physical thing and nothing more. Is this supposed to be women’s empowerment I wonder? I think it is supposed to be. On campus Tito approaches the three girls with a proposal to sleep with one guy from Holland for a stack of cash. They clearly are not averse to sleeping with random men as we have previously seen, but it is the control aspect that gives them the thrill. They tell Tito,

Men don’t choose us. We choose out Men.”

This statement is very telling. The promiscuous behaviour, the callousness is not done out of physical lust or need for intimacy but out of the need to feel the power that a man feels. Perhaps driven out of a need of powerlessness felt living in a largely patriarchal society?

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The scene where Mirabel killed Lanre’s sister was so unbelievable. Why are people always dying in Nollywood movies form one simple shove and a head bang against the wall? No struggle for life nothing. We have seen this before in Somewhere in the Heart where Awole was given a slight shove, knocked her head against the wall and died. Yes of course this can happen, but most times a simple push is not going to kill someone! And when she is pushed she falls to the floor and is sitting up so perfectly and dead. I mean I’m not an expert on the dead but I expect a dead body to be lifeless and slumped.

Mirabel has made a huge mistake because the girl she has killed in a jealous rage over a guy that was never even her’s in the first place turns out to be his sister and NOT his girlfriend… Eiwoooo! Wahala dey. Empress wants to go to the police but Vivian advices them to keep quiet as they have heard that there are no suspects, which would make it easy for Mirabel to get away with the crime.

Vivian in the movie is so insensitive. If you know your friend has just committed murder and feels guilty about it as the person she killed was the sister of the guy she supposedly loves why would you even wonder why she is not eating, or why she looks depressed. Vivian tells Mirabel,

“For the past two days you’ve not been eating. You are beginning to piss me off.”

ER hello! She just killed someone mindlessly for a stupid azz reason. Why wouldn’t she be disturbed by that? Leave her to starve. She is hardly skinny… 2 days will not hurt her!

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UniLAG looks like hot party central. Mini dresses, 4 inch heels, full make up and sun glasses. I have not attended a centre of Higher Education in Nigeria so I don’t know if it really like this. So for those in the know… Is this really the way it is?

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Mirabel is obsessed with Lanre and one day she sees Vivian being dropped off on the campus by Lanre to meet her and Empress. She is consumed with rage and jealousy and instead of listening to her friend’s explanation wages war against her, and here is where Mirabel loses her mind. I guess she figured that she has killed one person already, what difference will another make?

Vivian is loyal to her friend and has no intention of dating Lanre, but due to her friend’s hard headedness drops hints to suggest that she is indeed dating Lanre even though she isn’t. This is her downfall as Mirabel is ready to finish off anyone that stands between her and Lanre. She calls a reconciliation meeting with Empress present, but has another trick up her sleeve and the plan is already underway when she finds out that Vivian is not really dating Lanre!

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I would recommend the movie. It wasn’t anything too fantastic but it was entertaining to watch Mirabel act so crazy over a guy that she had barely spoke two words to. One thing that I did not understand that was included was the part where Mirabel’s politician father warns her not to have or talk to any friends anymore, as he didn’t want any scandals to taint the upcoming elections. This whole concept was poorly executed. If she is going to school with these friends how will she suddenly not talk to anyone? Wouldn’t it make sense for him to just tell her to be on her best behaviour and finished. Instead he comes with all this palava about moving into a house by herself and not talking to any person at all! Of course none of this she even did so it was pointless.  All three girls performed well, and the crazy contacts Ini was wearing added to her devilish character.

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15 responses to “Blood Game

  1. Why am I not here more often. Bookmarking your site so I can stop here before I buy a new Naija flick. Matter of fact, I think I’m going to organize a Naija movie night for next weekend.

    NIGERIAN CURIOSITY
    IT WAS SO MUCH EASIER WHEN I ONLY HAD ONE…

  2. Okay i feel the suspense?
    who is the chick? Vivian?
    seems like a good cast.
    Please finish this review.
    Need a movie for after exams 🙂

  3. nollywoodforever

    Vivian is Oge Okoye… It will be finished… soon, but if you haven’t watched it you shouldn’t read any further anyway!

  4. I thought from watching the preview I would not like the movie. ini’s contacts scared me away…(LOL) But I will trust you this time and go and get it….

  5. nollywoodforever

    It wasn’t brilliant but it was ok. Entertaining at least… Yes Ini’s contacts look quite devilish but for some reason they all like wearing them…

  6. I always thought the producers or directors made them wear it . I never knew it was a personal choice.

  7. nollywoodforever

    Look how Jackie Appiah is dressed like rainbow brite all the time no matter the character… Must be a personal choice… I mean I have never been on a set but once I have and I see the wardrobe department then I will soon no how realistic or far fetched this notion is!

  8. Nolly I have watched the movie. It was good. As you stated earlier, the father’s comments were so ridiculous. How can she stay away from her friends for no good reason. He also didn’t want her to indicate that he was throwing his hat into the political arena, so what logical explanation could she give to excommunicate herself from them. That did not make any sense.

    A next portion of the movie that did not make any sense was the set-up between her and the server. They never showed any prior interaction between the two.

    A next pet peeve of mine is how can the mother and the judge be the same person in the movie. Is Nollywood getting so small that there is no credible person to play the judge? I find it riduculous for a judge to sentence her own daughter.

  9. nollywoodforever

    They showed the set up with the server through flashbacks, but we dont know when exactly it was set up or if it was even the same day…

    Oh yes the judge bit… that was meant to add a shock factor but you are right it was ridiculously stupid. That would not happen in real life, but you never know maybe it would happen in Nigeria. There are some things that I used to see in the movies that I could never imagine happening in real life, that was until I went to Naija and saw for myself! LOL

  10. hi noolywood..hw ya all doing??i ha ev to say that this film is fabulous the story,the actress its all cool….one last thing i love the song the girls danced in the club could u please tell me the title of it and also the musician plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..thanks a lot nd u guys should keep it up//peacee

  11. Ijeoma Chukwu-Njoku

    Hi….I never knew this site existed until I googled my name…..And my eyes popped up……It feels great! I liked this film not bcos I featured in it, but bcos it had serious lessons to teach, especially to fathers who over-pamper their children…..And ladies with fiery temperament……Be careful…..To the site/blog-inspirator, thank you…U’ve made it a whole lot easier for us to interact with our friends who watch our movies and know where we committed blunder and suggestions on the way forward…Imela nke ukuu….Ndewo..

  12. hi. ive seen the movie and im in love with it. i just need to know the name of the person who sings that song at the begining in the club. please send it to me. ive been looking for it. im having a party and i want to play it at the part. thank you

  13. The song they were playing at the club in part one do someone know it’s name??? plz i want it

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