24th July (Nigerian Movie Review) ~ 2010
Story – Hyacinth Onwuka
Screenplay – Okey Zubelo Okoh
Director – Okey Zubelo Okoh
Producer – Hyacinth Onwuka
Yemi Blaq – Ben
Nse Ikpi Etim – Nora
Uche Jombo – Julie
John Dumelo – Joe
Uche Elendu – Agatha
Ali Nuhu – Tony
Jim Lawson Maduike – Uraka
Uche Ebere – Ifeoma
Gaddiel Onwudiwe – Ben’s Dad
Collette Nkem Orji – Rita
Eve Esin – Janet
Sir Kennedy Kalu – Steve
Escort G Kamar – Doctor
Kingsley Nnaji – Obinna
Micheal Godson – Tami
My Rating – 42%
Ben (Yemi Blaq) and Nora (Nse Ikpi Etim) meet by chance on the roadside. Nora is being verbally abused by a driver after she cannot pay him, claiming that she has lost her purse. Ben sees a lady in distress and comes to her rescue, paying the driver so that he can go away. They swap numbers and very quickly the two are an item and in love. Nora is contemplating marrying Ben, when the status quo is knocked out of kilter. Her ex fiancée resurfaces begging for forgiveness and a chance to right his wrongs. Not only is he begging for a chance but so it her best friend’s brother Tony. What is a girl to do?
For Nora the painful memory of being jilted on her wedding day weighs heavily on her mind but once her ex fiancée Joe, played by John Dumelo offers up his explanations as to why he jilted her, she can’t help but to accept that circumstances out of his control caused that situation. Is it possible that she can be in love with two men?
John Dumelo looks like he has put on a bit of weight. I’m glad to see that he looks good with it, unlike others who shall remain nameless. The hot chocolate is not melting at all. His role was minor and did not make too much of an impression so no comment on his acting.
The love connection – romance storyline between Nora and Ben was not properly developed. One minute we see the two just meeting and Nora is not sure about Ben. All of a sudden they are madly in love. We see her professing her love for him to her friend Agatha and defending him. It’s too quick, we don’t even see it happen. There is no build up.
Two wonderful actors cast in the lead roles and the movie doesn’t even work. I can see how it could have though. Some scenes in the movie were just not believable. In one scene Ben is taking Nora and her friend Agatha out and the car breaks down. Agatha’s reaction is waaaaaay over the top. I’d blame that on the direction as opposed to Uche Elendu. She is screaming about the shame of it all and refusing to get back in the car, all over nothing. It seemed all a bit ridiculous to me. She played her role well but the character just did not fit in anywhere. Bizarre.
In another scene we see Tony (played by Nuhu) come around and Nora looks really nervous. This did not make sense to me as he was not really part of the love triangle. Yes he claimed to want to marry her but she had already categorically told him that she was not interested, so it was not like she was reciprocating so why the nervous look? In this came scene Jo and Ben also turns up and they have a big confrontation during which Nora shouts at them to leave, and they all do without even protesting. This did not ring true for me either.
Age Miscasting Issue
I was really looking forward to an Nse and Yemi pairing as I both hold them in high regard, and after the RUBBISH that was Blue Blood I hoped for better, much much better. Alas it was not meant to be. Again Nse was cast wrongly. The chick looks at least 33. How is she going to be cast as a student AGAIN? Naaaa! Not believable at all. Even her whole demeanour has a deep maturity about it. Someone like Mona Lisa Chinda looks older as well but she can pull off younger roles better. Nse is just not working for me in these young chick roles.
Check this out; Uche Ebere was playing the role of Nse’s mother. What in the…? I’m not buying that one at all either. This age miscasting issue in Nollywood no be small thing o. Am I the only one who thinks Nse does not look like someone in their late teens or early twenties? I just don’t get why they keep on doing it. Even in Guilty Pleasures they had all Nse’s friends looking at least a whole decade younger than her. It was just strange. Do people on set not open their mouths and say something when things are so visibly wrong?
The concluding part
Up until Part 3 the movie was not too bad, some of it was pretty unbelievable but the story maintained some sort of consistency. Part 3 (titled FINAL 24th JULY) is where it all went pitifully wrong. The story changed dramatically and there was a lot of focus on Julie, played by Uche Jombo. Again, totally BIZARRE. There needed to be linking back to the original story to keep it relevant.
Part 3 was very very boring. In fact I fell asleep twice. It was too disjointed and far removed from the original story. The story morphed into something else until the end when we see Nora come back on the scene where she rises from the dead at the hands of Ben. I found it all very ridiculous. Why was Julie so horrible to the Janet character? The movie ended and I still didn’t understand what that was all about. In fact why was Julie in the movie at all? I felt that by the end there were still untied ends.
I would not recommend the movie. The cast were good but some people were miscast, namely Nse and Ali. The general storyline was not bad but the execution was horrible. The moral of the story is that only in a really bad time or death can you know how people will treat you or your memory. It takes Nora dying and coming to life to figure out that Ben is the right man for her. Nigeria Star Actress Nollywood Nigerian Movie Review