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The Unwritten

The Unwritten

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The Unwritten ~ 2009
Story – Larry Koldsweat
Screenplay – Akinlosotu Femi Despy
Director – Akinlosotu Femi Despy

Starring:
Francis Duru – Nnamdi
Bimbola Akintola – Sandra
Tuvi James – Nonso
Olu Jacobs – Alhaji Usman
Alex Usifo – Iche Okorie
Saidu Balogun – Ikechukwu
Larry Koldsweat – Mazi Odogu
Joke Silva – Nnamdi Grandmother
TD Jaja – Emeka
Shade Alder Hayes – Nnena
Pastor Ezenwa Emmanuel – Pastor Cletus
Ifeanyi Dike – Wazin
Amina Atairu – Rokiya
Regina Olakunle – Scorpion
Jumoke Olakunle – Smally

Themes:
Crime
Tribalism
Religion
Forgiveness

My Rating 72%

A family rift occurs when after the death of Nnamdi’s father his uncle Mazi refuses to give Nnamdi his nephew and heir to the possessions the documents to the properties. An enraged Nnamdi rents out the house that his uncle’s family lives in, that had belonged to his father only for a full physical fight to break out in front of the about to be tenant. Mazi in revenge then takes it upon himself to sell of some of his brother’s properties of which he holds the documents to, to fund his sons trips abroad.

Mazi’s family confronted by Nnamdi’s grandmother, lie and claim that Nnamdi’s father already sold his property share to them and are unrepentant and bold faced in their lie, shooing her away whilst calling her an “old witch.” Mazi’s vendetta against Nnamdi and his grandmother does not stop there for he frames Nnamdi for a robbery which culminates him running away to avoid being arrested and thrown in jail after being tipped off by a kindly neighbour.

In the city he falls upon misfortune until he comes across Sandra, who invites him to come and stay with her and promises to provide for him until he finds employment and can fend for himself. It is like a dream come true, but will meeting Sandra really prove to be a dream or will it be a nightmare?

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Religious prejudice
Alhaji loved Francis like a son until his daughter starts seeing him romantically.  At this point he becomes “a useless Igbo boy.” We see how benevolent and caring people can be towards people that are different to them AS LONG as there is not the chance that the person will become a part of their family. It is cool to hang out with an Igbo boy, eat with him, laugh with him, support him but God forbid your daughter actually want to marry him!!! Hypocrisy in it finest form!
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Age discrepancy issue
The age discrepancies in this movie were something else. Mazi’s wife wife looks same age as her eldest son. As far as Joke Silva I would not put her as being Francis Duru’s grandmother. This is a little too farfetched. It is true that he has a kinda babyface, but he has grown from that age where he can effectively play a 20 year old. The youngest I could possibly put him at, with squinting would be 28 and the oldest I could put Joke at would be 55, but more likely I would age Francis at 36 and Joke at 46 which is a ten year age gap barely enough to be mother and son, let alone grandmother and grandson!
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Forgiveness
We see true love and forgiveness when Namdi’s grandmother despite all that Mazi and his family had done to her bestows forgiveness upon him, caring for him when he is sick and in need having been abandoned by his wife and sons. She also treats Sandra without prejudice or judgment after hearing her story and takes her in after she flees to the village.
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I liked this movie. Good job all round. I thought the Bimbo/ Francis pairing was spot on because they seemed so mismatched that it would be understandable that he would run away from her sexual advances. I found the ending a little unrealistic and far fetched but nevertheless it was a feel good movie that highlighted the basic similarities between humans regardless of religious affiliation. We also learn something about the beauty of forgiveness. On a side note: Does anyone know how the title relates to the movie because I did not get that at all?

NB: Perhaps Nnamdi’s grandmother was supposed to be in her 60’s or 70’s but was looking so young because of the beautiful and forgiving spirit within her!

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Obscure Motives

Obscure Motives

Originally uploaded by NollywoodForever

Obscure Motives ~ 2009
Story – Rukky Sanda
Screenplay – Rukky Sanda, Darlene Benson Cobham
Director – Ikechukwu Onyeka

Starring:
Bimbo Akintola – Narrator
Jackie Appiah – Debbie
Ramsey Noah – Robert
Rukky Sanda – Remi
Susan Peters – Mary
Cassandra Odita – Albert’s Sister
Yemi Blaq – Albert
Peaciman Akpata – John
Chris Abamba – James
Jemila Amaegbe – Lawyer
Bisi Ajayi – Doctor
Temitayo Ojekunle – Nurse

Themes:
Jealousy
Revenge

My Rating: 76%

Robert and Debbie have been together for 4 years and it is only during their anniversary lunch that Debbie summons the courage to speak to Ramsey about ending their relationship. She has come to the realisation that even though she cares a lot for Rob, she is no longer in love with him. It turns out that he feels the same way and so they agree to separate in terms of their romantic relationship, but to still live together as friends and flatmates. They also both begin dating again.

Early on Ramsey meets Remi and falls in love with her. Jackie on the other hand is a dating disaster. We see her on a date with a man who even answers the phone during their date and answers the phone, “hey honey.” It turns out he is married and never even thought to mention the fact. Her luck changes when she meets Albert who turns out to be Robert’s good friend from university. He comes to the house but their initial interaction appears tense like there has been bad blood between them.

Very soon the two couples are inseparable. They are all the best of friends and any hint towards the tension that was initially apparent dissolves.

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Bimbo Akintola is very good as the narrator, but I personally did not see the benefit or the point in having a narrator. It did not necessarily hinder the story but it did not enhance it either.

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I loved the concept of the movie. It started out as a beautiful portrayal of support, friendships and relationships. Although it descended into madness and chaos and a complete breakdown of the relationships, the original message still stood strong for me. It showed that the end of a romantic relationship has not always got to be heartbreaking or represent the end of an era, but on the contrary it can represent a good learning experience and the beginning of a new era. It also shows that (to an extent) males and females can have a platonic relationship when the boundaries are drawn.

The twists in the movie were unpredictable. It was this unpredictability that kept you glued to the screen, guessing as to what would happen next and getting it wrong. In the end we discover the true reason for the initial animosity between the two through a series of flashbacks. It is amazing that Rob pretended to be best friends with Albert for so many years, only for the purpose of wreaking revenge against him for an offence Albert committed against him during their school days. Debbie was only a means to an end and his love for Remi not strong enough to battle his hate for Albert.

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The chemistry between Yemi Blaq and Jackie Appiah was flat. She looked like she didn’t even like him much, so it was a shock to me in the movie when I thought she was going to break up with him when in face she was mustering courage to tell him that she was pregnant. The lack of chemistry may well have been intentional to show how she was not really over Rob, even though it had been a mutual decision to break up.

I liked the way that the character of Robert was developed. All too often we see a character like Robert in Nollywood that is one dimensional. He will either be a fully bad guy and we won’t see any good side to his character. This never makes sense as how will he be able to have these women adore him and he has no good side? Then we get the character that is all good that turns all bad just like that, with no transition. There is no reasoning behind their actions and we cannot empathise with them because there is nothing about their manner, behaviour or actions come across realistic. With Robert even though he did a bad thing we can empathise with him because we see how Albert’s betrayal affected him. We also see that he was essentially a good guy that just never got over a bad thing that happened to him and most of us can relate to that because we have been there. We may have not hired hit men, but we may have had crazy thoughts that we never brought to fruition.

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I would definitely recommend this movie. I thought this was a good solid effort from Rukky Sanda. I didn’t know what to expect with the slating of Lethal woman, and the accusations of full plagiarism of Martin Lawrence’s A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. However, I must say that I was impressed. Even the title matched the film perfectly. Until the very end of the movie when Rob is confronted by armed robbers his motives are completely obscure to us, the viewer. The one thing that worked against the movie were the long dialogue scenes that were interspersed throughout. They were entirely too long. There is absolutely no need for a whole 4 minutes of watching people sitting round a table mouthing words against the backdrop of loud background music. It is boring, and doesn’t tell us anything more than you could have interpreted in 30 seconds or less. Other than that… was lovin it!