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Shakira (Face of Deceit)

Shakira (Face of Deceit)

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Shakira (Face of Deceit) ~2009
Story – Macdavies Odikah
Screenplay – Pascal Amanfo
Director – Pascal Amanfo

Starring:
Majid Michael – Richie
Mercy Johnson – Shakira
Ziggy Narteyson – Ansah
Eddie Nartey – Ben
Kofi Adjorlolo – Bobby
Biola Ige – Yvonne
Prince David Osei – Dan
Gavivina Tamakloe – Tom
Luckie E Lawson – Racheal
Micheal Odikah – Karim
Edmond Quarshie – Kwame
Martha Ankomah – Amanda
Dominic Demordzi – Mike
Wendy Mensah – Receptionist

Themes:
Deception
Infidelity

My Rating – 40%

Richie thought that his fiancée Yvonne was the love of his life that is until he discovered that she was having an affair with his boss. Unable to face reality he flees to his brother’s home and spends his nights drinking himself into a stupor at various bars. It is on the way home from a bar that he meets Shakira. It is a dark night and she throws herself in front of his car and orders him to drive. His involvement with Shakira turns into something much more dramatic than he could have ever imagined.

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This film is in 3 parts. The only reason I can surmise is greed. They did not need three parts to this at all. Much of the movie is watching Richie drinking himself into a stupor at home and in various bars. These scenes were much too long. We do not need to see all of this to deduce that Richie is distraught about his fiancée’s infidelity and using alcohol as an emotional crutch.

The film was really getting a bit boring until Shakira’s appearance. She really woke the film up when she stood up in front of Richie’s jeep in that micro dress, got in the vehicle and screamed, “DRIVE!” Be warned part one is more or less a waste of time and could have been edited down to 15 minutes.

Much has been written/ said about the titillating sexy scenes in this movie. I found it all a bit over staged and fake. At one point we see Shakira supposedly going down on Richie. Now tell me how can you be going down on a man and your head is positioned just below his neck, but yet he is writhing like you are doing something? Nonsense! I didn’t know that men’s genitalia were now growing from their chest areas. And to top it off all you would see is Mercy Johnson’s matted moving wig. NOT SEXY at all!
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So after we have the never ending Richie boozing scenes we now have to contend with Richie “thinking.” It was enough to send me to sleep. I’d nod off and dude would still be “thinking.”

From being cheated on by Yvonne Richie goes on to get involved with Shakira a married woman. I was amazed with the ease in which he got involved with a married woman. Does this show us the power of Shakira’s seduction skills? Or was Richie simply taking heed of his boss’ warning that “All women cheat,” and getting with the program?

Shakira tells Richie that her husband is a rapist. He falls for it but he should have realised that perhaps she was not telling the truth when he gets the opportunity to see/ hear them together. If I were Richie I would be thinking, “Wow he seems quite caring for a rapist.” Every time Richie was at the house their relationship seemed nothing but loving and caring. There was no evidence of maltreatment from him or resentment or fright from her.

One character that was grating on my nerves was Robby’s sister. She was atrocious. Her voice was like listening to someone scratching on a blackboard. She was screeching and shouting the whole time with the bird’s nest weave only adding to the atrocity of the whole situation. The character was a drug addict and the sniffing was waaaaaaaaaaay over the top. WE GET IT… She is a coke head!
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I cannot recommend this film because it was way too slow for my liking. The slow music, the never ending boozing and thinking were making me feel sleepy. I felt insulted that they made the movie into three parts when a lot of it was just unnecessary filler. It did pick up tremendously in part 3. That’s when the drama really started, however it was too little too late.

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Reloaded

Reloaded

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Reloaded ~ 2009
Story – Emem Isong
Screenplay – Emem Isong, Bola Aduwo, Nse-Ikpe Etim
Directors – Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, Ikechukwu Onyeka

Starring:
Ramsey Noah – Femi
Desmond Elliot – Osita
Rita Dominic – Chelsea
Stephanie Okereke – Weyinmi
Ini Edo – Tayo
Van Vicker – Bube
Uche Jombo – Tracy
Nse-Ikpe Etim – Omoze
Mona Lisa Chinda – Abbey
Enyinna Nwigwe – Edwin
Mbong Amata (nee Odungide) – Nira
Temisan Isioma Etsede – Otis
Emeka Duru – Gabriel
Princess Anazodo – Bube’s Mum
Ahmed Aitity – Shola
Martha Iwoo – Ifeyinwa
Ikechukwu Onyeka – Doctor

Themes Explored:
Revenge
Karma
Desperation
Betrayal
Infidelity
Family Pressure
Societal Pressure
Abortion

My Rating: 93%

Bube and Weyinmi played by Van and Stephanie have been together for seven years and are living together as an unmarried couple. Weyinmi wants to get married and she thinks that Bube does too, but every time the marriage issue comes up he postpones their plans, claiming that it is not the right time. Will he ever marry her?

Femi and Omoze are married but Femi has a wandering eye and cannot seem to remain faithful. Omoze is relentless is trying to keep her man to herself. Will he ever be faithful to her?

Tayo is a battered wife. Amongst her friends she is constantly making excuses for her husband Osita. He, however seems to take great joy in humiliating and beating his wife. Can he change his ways?

Rita plays Chelsea the replacement presenter for a TV Talk Show, and in turn the narrator for the movie which is based around an episode in the talk show about different women’s relationships and the games men play in them. Her relationship appears to be the only one without issues, but is it really what it appears to be on the surface?

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Tayo knows that her husband Osita is jealous and possessive. One day she dresses up in a skimpy outfit and comes to parade it for her husband. Despite seeing the look of disapproval on his face, she twirls around and asks him,

“How do I look?”

If I knew Tayo in real life I would wonder why you are twirling around with half your nyash out in front of a man that has beat the living daylight out of you for lesser offences. She knows the drill, yet every time she is abused she seems surprised. In response to her twirling he replies,

“Loose as usual. You look like a very cheap whore.”

Tayo looks shocked and upset by his words. Upset I can understand, shocked No.

We see how Tayo has ended up in her marriage as a result of family pressure. She tells her friend,

“To think when I was a single girl. All my parents could think about was marriage… Now look at me I am a punching bag.”

Her statement is candid and makes you think about the importance of not bowing down to societal/ familial pressure against your own desires. After all only we live our own lives. We see Tayo’s sorry state. She is married and unhappy. Her self esteem has been seriously knocked and her husband will not let her take on a job which means she has no financial independence.

Ini Edo does a great job as Tayo. There is a scene where she tries to break up with Osita. She conveys the emotion of a heartbroken woman who has reached breaking point well. Her tears feel real, and the scene is only slightly marred by the over the top sound effects of Osita beating her.
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Ramsey Noah plays Femi a smooth Lover Boy. Not only is he smooth but his character is very funny and shameless too. After he is caught cheating, instead of being apologetic he tells his wife, Omoze,

“You go around running like a mad dog. You could win an award for being the best nag and tout… Sorry? What for?”

Omoze is busy chasing off some of the many women that he is philandering with, going as far as to kidnap one woman and to take her back to their home and beat her. Her anger seems misplaced to me. Was it the woman that vowed to be loyal to you? Or was it your roving husband? Why is she more vengeful to the woman? Why do some women do this?

After Femi loses his job because of Omoze turning up at his work and causing a ruckus, by beating up his boss, suspecting her of being a girlfriend, he threatens to leave her. Omoze refuses that as even being an option, vowing to protect her marriage with her blood.

Nse Ikpe is an intense actress. You will believe that she loves this man with every drop of her blood. She does desperate and exasperated very very well. Even during the comic scenes she does not falter.
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Weyinmi is pregnant, and after being in the relationship with Bube for 7 years on announcing her pregnancy is told by Bube,

“It’s unfortunate the time is not right for me… We have to do the right thing.”

The right thing for Bube means an abortion. Weyinmi has already had 5 abortions and does not want to have another, but feeling that she has no alternative she appeases bube by going ahead with a 6th abortion. The question has to be asked, what man is going to respect want to marry a woman that can be persuaded by a man to abort 6 times against her will? This is the same kind of woman that will let her children be abused by a man or adopt out her children on a man’s say so.

Everybody has different breaking points and Weyinmi reaches hers when Bube gets another woman pregnant and plans on marrying her. It is at the end of part one when she finds the hidden wedding invited in their room that she crumbles and realises that her whole life with Bube has been a lie.

Family pressure comes into yet another situation in that Bube’s mother tells Omoze that he must marry this girl as he cannot jeopardise their long standing family relationship with the girl’s parents.

We also see that a man will stay with the “wrong” woman indefinitely without the commitment of marriage. He will string her along, but at the same time will marry the “right” woman on a whim. Bube is ready to accept the other girl’s pregnancy but threatened Omoze that if she kept the baby he would have nothing to do with them both. Uselessness.
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In the end the women get revenge for all the games their men have played with them. Weyinmi orchestrates the kidnapping of Bube on the day of his wedding to the other woman. She takes him to a warehouse, taunts him and threatens to cut off his manhood. Femi loses not only his job but his house too when Omoze somehow transfers the deeds to the house into solely her name effectively making him homeless.

The way that Tayo’s story ends has the best twist in the entire movie. I did not see it coming at all… completely unpredictable. Osita begins an affair with a pretty young thang. His behaviour towards his wife becomes even more disgisting as he flaunts his mistress in public, not caring whether his wife is around or not. The PYT seduces him in his office, stripping him and then leaving him in the bathroom, telling him that she is going to fetch condoms.

His bosses find him in the buff and he is disgraced in front of the whole committee. He is sacked and goes home from worked distressed and angered. His anger is only to be exacerbated when he finds out that the PYT called Nira is in fact his wife’s cousin. This is my most favourite scene in the movie. Tayo regains her power and when Osita makes the move to attack her; for once she fights back. Tayo and Nira give him a good beating. It is a triumphant moment.

Chelsea’s relationship with Edwin has been consistent throughout the movie. He is heralded as the perfect man. He is handsome, romantic, thoughtful, caring and the couple appear to be happy. In the end we see Rita catching him in bed with Steven (the white guy from Osita’s office). When caught by Chelsea tells her, “This isn’t what it seems.” But seriously what else can it be? Dude is having homosexual relationships. It just goes to show that you never know what lies beneath the façade of perfection. The guy that appeared to be the most virtuous gave us the biggest shock in terms of behaviour.
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I love this movie… However there must always be criticisms (well most times anyway). I feel that putting in the random white guy, Steven was a mistake. He cannot act to save his life, so why was he there? He was very wooden and unconvincing, and made me cringe. I also felt that the movie would have benefitted from perhaps erasing the narrator. The whole talk show storyline was not needed. Uche was unnecessary and didn’t fit the role of a talk show host. Mona Lisa’s two second appearance as the original talk show host approving the new talk show host was pointless too. Maybe she didn’t want to be in the film but just wanted her face on screen momentarily, or perhaps she was originally involved more but those scenes were done away with. Who knows?

The end scenes based in the TV studios were a disappointment and anticlimax. Although the individual stories were wrapped up neatly in terms of letting the viewer know how each woman was doing after the break ups, the execution was messy. We had all the women come onto the TV show and give their story. This was a bit boring and slow. The same stories could have been told in a fraction of the time.

Overall it was a stellar effort from all those involved (bar the Steve character). It was paced well, gripping and on the whole wonderfully executed. The scenes flow well and it ends satisfactorily, in terms of there are no gaping holes and unanswered questions as is so often the case. You feel satisfied as the viewer, and even though the dancing at the end was kind of weird and didn’t necessarily fit in, you feel so good after watching this movie that you want to go and find a pink suit and join in the dancing too!

Friday Night

     

Friday Night

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Friday Night – 2008
Story – Adjoa Van Vicker & Diana Morris
Screenplay – Van Vicker
Director – Van Vicker

Starring:
Van Vicker – Pape
Nana Ama McBrown – Missy
Livingston Kwane Lotsu – Andre
Omar de 1st – Rashid
Fred Magma Johnson – Kobi
Gloria Osei-Sarfo – Abigail
Ziggy Nartteyson – Gambo
Patrick Sarfor – Jake
Maame Gyamfua Asibey – Brenda
Janet Osei-Sarfo – Bernice
Nii Offei Dodo – Stick
Gloria Nyarko – Abena
Sunita Tetteh – Christabel
Edmond Quarshie – Hotel Manager
Bright Alogbaya – Sunshine

Themes:
Prostitution
Pimping
Marriage
Infidelity

My Rating: 8%

This the blurb from the back cover of the movie:

Childhood friends Pape, Koby and Rashid, now married have made an outing every Friday Night, a tradition in their lives, even though their wives try to talk them out if it. What they do at these outings is “unimaginable”. Koby has a grudge that he must settle with Pape so he honours a deal with a notorios pimp Jake the Shadow to get one of his whores Missy in trouble to get back at Pape. Missy on the other hand wasnt to buy back her freedom, like her friend Debra in order to pursue a singing career, but Jake has a plan in motion.

It was a perfect hook up but on the wrong night.

Friday Nights can be freaky.

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The reason that I have copied the synopsis fromt the back movie cover is that I could not finish watching this movie, and to the point I had got up to I could not really tell what the general gist of the story was except there was a pimp, some hoes and a dude cheating on his wife.

I was looking forward to watching this… Van Vicker’s attempt at writing and directing a movie… I wish I could say that it was a great effort but I can’t. It was torturous watching this absolute drivel. If you look at it the concept isn’t bad but the execution was horrible,  a complete waste of a story. I started with an open mind but only 11 minutes in and I was ready to be finished.

The begining alone should have contained some scene to draw viewers in and make us want to keep watching, instead we are stuck with a club scene with loud music and no dialogue. I got bored very quickly and my patience was wearing thin but I persevered.

We see a scene with Andre in his bedroom in his marital home. One of the girl’s he met from the club the night before calls him on his cell. He starts shouting at her that she shouldn’t have called him. His wife then walks in and he hangs up on her changing the conversation as if he is talking to a business associate that needs to meet up with him urgently. his wife is suspicious and while he is pretending to talk on the phone calls it. Of course it rings and he is BUSTED!

So what does he go and tell his wife as his excuse for lying,

“It was this stupid girl from the club last night – You know how they are. She said she was lonely.”

What kind of idioticness is this? What man is going to say that, a man that is supposedly trying to show that he is sorry. I would imagine they would at least pretend that they were trying to get rid of someone that had been after them for a while. I mean what is a married man doing giving his number to a chick in the club only LAST NIGHT anyway?

The wife then does some exaggerated talk to the hand type of gesture. The whole scene is so dreadful, fake and terribly acted.

There is another scene that was also kinda weird. The prostitute Missy has run away from her pimp and is in the gym. The camera focuses on her and Brenda. Brenda keeps looking over at Missy and smiling in a suggestive way. It looks to me like Brenda is a lesbian trying to prey on Missy. When the exercise class is over Brenda goes over to Missy and they start talking. The exchange is as if they are strangers, however within minutes they are talking about things that would suggest that contrary to being strangers they actually know each other very well. This is the height of bad execution.

Maame Asibey who played Brenda acted like she needed to be in a pantomime. Everything she said was as if there were an exclamation mark after it and her eyebrows were constantly raising as if she were suprised. Nana Ama Mcbrown was decent, but what good is decent with everything else around you being so bad?

Half an hour in a gave up and switched it off. Perhaps it gets better but I really didn’t care enough to plough through. I would not recommend this at all. On the plus side Livingston Lotsu (with the dreads) was a nice piece of eye candy.

Paulicap and Perpetual

Paulicap and Perpetual

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Paulicap and Perpetual ~ 2008
Director – Tchidi Chikere
Story – Chinedu Collins Ezenwa
Screenplay – Tchidi Chikere

 

Starring:
Nkem Owoh – Paulicap
Mercy Johnson – Perpetual
Queen Nwokoye – Mabel
Jude Oteka – Pastor Midas
Collette Orji – Irene
Jacinta Ikelu – Juliet
Ejine Okoroafor – Rose Flower
Lynn Harrison – Pinky
Sylvia Oluchi – Beauty
Ebere Okonkwo – Grace
Edith Onovo – Olivia
Afuba Chukwudi – Chuka
Martin Njugbigbo – Kalu
Elvis Obi – Mr Jones
David Aginwa – Officer Jake
Junior Pope Obonwodo – Officer Nick
Harry Green – Mutiu
Chigozie Okolie – Ikoku
Kate Sam – Olivia
Amaka Bessie – Sarah
Sam Uche – Hotel worker
Gaddiel Onwudiwe – DPO

Themes Explored:
Infidelity
Aristo Culture
Charms

My Rating – 84%

Mabel is Paulicap’s down trodden and long suffering wife. She has been with him for 15 years and they share a son, but this is not enough to keep him from hitting on every pretty lady in town. His wife catches him at a hotel on different occasions emerging from rooms with a different lady each time. Things even escalate to the point where she engages into a physical altercation with one of his women. Things get even worse when she finds out that he propositioned her shop girl. She has been humiliated and disgraced by her husband, at the end of her tether she know longer knows what to do with herself. She spends her time crying, and praying about the situation, hoping that Paulicap will change.

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Paulicap on seeing his wife’s endless suffering as a result of his actions decides that it would be best for him to leave her so that she can live her life and find happiness. I thought it was an honourable thing to do for Paulicap to let Mabel go He leaves her the house and the supermarket they own, but Mabel is inconsolable ranting on about on about how much she has done for him. She is not happy with him, and he has told her he is not willing to change his ways but still she keeps trying to hang on to the relationship despite telling the pastor at one point,

“God did not create Paulicap and Mabel together that I will die without him.”
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Paulicap meets Perpetual on the roadside one day. She appears mysterious telling him to find her himself rather than giving him her number. The tactic works and Paulicap searches for her in the area he first saw her until one day they meet again on the roadside. Despite initially resisting Paulicap’s advances Perpetual is soon smitten with him. Despite him promising to remain true to Perpetual his philandering ways soon start up again. Perpetual takes matters into her own hands and embarks on a drastic course of action that backfires on her terribly.

I liked this film a lot. It was engaging and very funny in parts. The one thing I was disappointed in was the way it ended. I feel using the whole “charms” storyline is a cop out for when people don’t know what direction to take the movie in. Mabel tells Perpetual at the end of the movie,

“You will know the crime in hypnotising a man through sorcery.”

I believe such a scenario sends out the wrong message to women that whenever ya man cheats it is the fault of another woman and not the man himself. It absolves the man of all blame and places it onto a woman’s shoulders. The question must be asked, did you marry a woman or a man? Who made that commitment to you?

I was impressed with Queen Nwokoye. I usually find her a bit stiff and dull but she definitely exceeded my expectations. She effectively conveyed emotion and her dialogue flowed with none of her usual awkwardness, I think it may now be time for her to be taken off the list of DRIVE BY actresses. Nkem Owoh was his usual funny self. I would recommend the film and it has a strong warning message which is, “Be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it!”

Desire

Desire

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Desire

Story – Paul Igwe
Screenplay – Jane Agunabor
Director – Paul Igwe

Starring:
Mike Ezuruonye – Desmond
Chika Ike – Juliet
Eucharia Anunobi – Juliet’s Mother
Susan Ekwe – Eunice
Livinus Nnochiri – Pastor Oliver
Edith Irabor – Landlady
Nosa Obaseki – Tunde
Amanda Ebeye – Janet
Bill M Sonney – Assistant Pastor
Nkechi Ihemelu – Ada
Ine Edem – Titi
Ine Aju – Secretary
Ugoo Stephens – Prophet
Kayode Freeman – Doctor

Themes Explored:
Infidelity
Religious Hypocrisy
Greed

My Rating: 49%

Desmond and Juliet are a born again married couple. Eucharia Anunobi is Mrs Daniels, the meddling mother of Juliet and the mother in law of Desmond. She comes and goes within her daughter’s home as she pleases demanding attention at will and picking on Juliet’s husband for the sins that were committed against her by her own husband. Juliet’s concerns are not just kept in the home and she even tells her friend that her mother is causing unrest in her home but picking on both her and her husband.

We find out that Mrs Daniels is obsessed with her son in law because she was against the marriage right from the start, branding Desmond a gold digger and of a different class. She seems to be impressing her own bitterness at her marriage failure onto her daughter and her husband, to the extent that she even gripes at her daughter that Desmond is not worthy because of the fact that he “doesn’t take ice” in his drink.

Desmond is a faithful husband and we never see him so much as express any kind of interest in another woman until he is seduced by a job seeker called Eunice. She comes to his office begging for a job and despite resisting her advances towards him sexually and professionally who soon caves in to lust and the affair begins.

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Susan Ekwe who plays Eunice has the potential to be good but the excessive shouting and screaming all the time was too much. I don’t know if she was directed to do that or that she thought it would make her performance more powerful. It did not.

Eunice is soon pregnant for Desmond and starts to blackmail him. Wow couldn’t see that coming! *sarcasm intended* Desmond is such a mugu. The first time he met the girl before she came to his office demanding a job she was loud, rude and brash. He apologised for bumping into her outside a bank and called her madam in the process. She screamed at him, “It’s MISS not MADAM!” So from that meeting he knew the girl was uncouth. She then starts trailing him and throwing herself at him, so he knows the girl is reckless but he started and then continued with the affair. For what? He didn’t even seem to even like her much.

One of the tricks Eunice uses to get closer to Desmond is to fake being attacked. She runs into his office saying that some men beat her on the street for no reason. Now the thing that struck me in this scene was the big azz black bulge on her cheek. What was that supposed to be??? I’m guessing a scar, but if she just got attacked how would she scar over already? Whatever they used to recreate a battered face was oh so wrong! To make matters worse, about half an hour later when Desmond took her home this said “scar” had fallen off and a reddened bump in its place.

A scene that stood out for me for the comedic element was when Eunice goes to visit the native doctor to make Desmond hers. The scene was almost poking fun at native doctors. Eunice tells the native doctor that she wants Desmond. Of course the ND supposedly having supernatural powers shouldn’t need to be told everything. The ND whilst chanting and jumping up and down says,

“Your husband will never leave you for another woman.”

Eunice rolls her eyes and tells him,

“NOOOO He is not my husband.”

The ND then adopts a pose like he knew this all along and continues chanting,

“Jehova… Rasta… Jehova… Haille Haille… HE IS GOING TO MARRY YOU… And you will be his only wife.”

An exasperated Eunice tells him,

“He is married already.”

The ND doesn’t give up the fraudulence and exclaims,

“EH HEH I already know, stop disturbing the spirits!”

After being prompted twice he finally gets it correct and takes glee is shouting,

“He is going to send that woman away and marry only Eunice!”

Eunice is so excited that she jumps up and down delightedly screaming, “AMEN AMEN AMEN”

This scene highlights the extent to which people will lose common sense and follow blindly when people are held up as spiritual or holy.

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Why did Janet, Eunice’s best friend turn against her? Even though Janet was extorting money from Desmond and generally was not a nice person, we never see her be anything other than nice to Eunice. Eunice even gives Janet 50,000 Naira. This is for being such a good friend and to compensate her for all the times that she went to her mother’s house to give Desmond and herself space.

Why did Janet decide to take the moral high ground and report Eunice to Juliet when they were birds of the same feather? We see that she feels that she is worth more than 50,000, but it wasn’t like she was anything to do with Desmond or been promised any share of the money, so it was a shock to see this happen.

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Desmond seemed like he was in love with his wife and then regrets the mistake he has made in cheating with Eunice, then how on earth the next minute is he clearing out his joint account with his wife and running of with Eunice? This only makes sense if we blame it on the Native Doctor. This is complete nonsense because it was clear the ND was a quack from the way that he was portrayed. Why when men cheat it is always the woman’s fault because of using charms from a ND? Why can’t a man ever just cheat because he likes sex with different woman? Or just fell for another woman for whatever reason and not because he was tricked? Because we all know that this is how it happens in real life.

At the end Desmond and Eunice are involved in a car crash as the try to escape. Juliet dies and Desmond survives and we find out that Eunice had lied to Desmond about being pregnant. The film ends with Desmond sobbing over the fact that he has just basically risked his marriage for no reason as there was no child to talk of.. Juliet is there comforting him like an idiot… I’ve heard of ride or die but this was stupidity. No doubt if the film was to continue we would see him beg for forgiveness because he was tricked and Juliet would accept that. I would not recommend the film because there were not any standout performances or anything really interesting to happen. It was not too bad and it is watchable if you are bored and have nothing else to do.

Be My Wife

Be My Wife

Be My Wife (2007)

Story – Chijioke Nneji

Screenplay – Uche Jombo

Director – Ikechukwu Onyeka

 

Starring:
Sam Dede – Deji
Ebele Okaro – Funmi
Uche Jombo – Amaka
Enyinna Nwigwe – Tony
Jennifer John – Sarah
Mary Igwe – Secretary
Kester Mercy – Toyin
Chiejina Ephraim – Obinna
Ikechukwu Nwabuisi – Tony Gateman
Ibe Charles – Capon
Ebube Onwu – School Officer

Themes:
Polygamy
Infidelity
Murder

My Rating: 60%

Deji is trying to persuade Amaka, his mistress to become his second wife. We see the adverse effect his extra marital liasions are having on his home in a scene where his wife Funmi pleads with Amaka to leave her husband alone.

She tells her,

“You are young and beautiful. You can get any man. For my children’s sake… I am begging.”  The wife seems to take her husbands infidelity as a given. It is more something she has to deal with herself, in terms of approaching the other woman rather than approaching him. Almost as a warning she tells Amaka that she has dealt with others before.

Perhaps she tells her this because she knows how idealistic young women are. She wants to let Amaka know that her husband is not in love with her, rather that sleeping with numerous other women is just what he does. In this sense she accepts his cheating, but it is only because this woman has stuck around longer than the others that she decides to tackle the issue.

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Amaka refuses to stop seeing Deji and his wife is willing to do anything within her power to stop the affair. The film turns into a whodunit mystery when Deji winds up dead. Was it is wife who killed him because she could no longer take his cheating ways? Was it his mistress who killed him because she just wanted a way out of the whole situation? Or was it his mistresses long standing jealous boyfriend?

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Immoral Act

Immoral Act

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Immoral Act

(A Kenneth Okonwo Production)

Story/ Screenplay Alex Mouth

Director Obi Okor

 

 

Starring:

Kanayo O Kanayo

Francis Duru

Steph Nora Okere/ Falana

Moses Armstrong

Anita Hogan

 

Themes Explored:

Infidelity

Karma

“saving face”

My Rating: 85%

Woman works as a maid and is “let go” when her oga’s wife leaves him, after he refuses to take an impotence test to determine why they have not had any children. As his wife leaves she screams after him,

 

“When we got married did you tell me you would sacrifice out unborn child for money?”

 

Infertility in the movies is almost always blamed on the person’s character. Not having children is karma’s way of wreaking revenge on evil deeds, or they have made a pact with the devil to gain riches. It is never just down to the sperm not fertilising the egg at the right time!

 

The maid is unemployed and her oga is drowning himself in self pity. It is only when he sees his wife out of the street pregnant and in another man’s arms that he decides to rehire the maid. His main concern is that publicly he will become an object of derision, so his plan to rehire the maid holds a more sinister motive. He wants to impregnate her to prove his “manliness.”

 

The maid does not know this initially and is excited at the prospect of having her job back. Things are looking up doubly because her husband after being unemployed for a period of time finds employment in a bank.

 

 

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The maid ends up losing her husband after falling for her oga’s plan. She is thinking of the riches and ends up pregnant, leaves her husband and begins living with her oga full time in his house. Things are supposedly looking bright for the future. The wife does not even think about the husband and children she abandoned. However before she is able to give birth she suffers from a miscarriage. As all her oga cared about was “saving face” and producing a child the maid has now become useless to him. She is slung from the house and her oga marries his other mistress.

 

It is only after this misfortune that the maid begins to reflect on the error of her ways, and returns to the village in a bid to track down her husband and children and reunite with them. She does find them, but her husband has moved on. She sees him with his pregnant wife and her children. The scene is a far cry from her own existence. Her husband, children and his new wife appear bright, effervescent, healthy and happy in stark contrast to her wretchedness.

 

It is Karma come true, because each get what they deserve. We know the husband deserves to be happy because he was a virtuous man, loyal to his wife until she betrayed him with her oga. In one earlier scene he is staying over his friend’s house and we see his girlfriend’s friend try and seduce him. He is curt and refuses the girl’s advances, following up with a lecture on respecting herself.

 

On seeing the husband’s new family the wife is shocked and distressed. She was hoping that he would take her back. If course this is not going to happen and she has the audacity to exclaim,

 

“We are not even yet divorced!”

 

I would definitely recommend the film. It teaches us to treat people as we expect to be treated. The performances were superb and the film flowed. The one criticism that I had was The AGE MISMATCH issue, which is a major flaw in Nollywood. Here we have a married couple played by Francis and Steph yet Francis looks more like he could be her son than husband. This aspect of the story is lessens the believability factor and ruins the film experience to have the thought constantly swimming around your head your head “BUT SHE LOOK LIKE HIS MAMA!” If they had to choose those same actors to play that same role then they should have thrown in an age gap relationship subplot!