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Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

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Margaret Thatcher ~ 2009
Story – Prince Iyke Olisa
Screenplay – Prince Iyke Olisa, Phil Efe Bernard
Director – Prince Iyke Olisa
Producer – Prince Iyke Olisa

Starring:
Jackie Appiah – Margaret/ Immaculate
Desmond Elliot- Jude
Sylvester Madu – Ken
Livinus Nnochiri – Reverend Simon Onu
Ene Miltex Ogiri – Gift
Immmaculate Igwe – Agnes
Francis Umoh – Pastor George
Oluchukwu Nzeakor – Pastor George’s wife
Grace Ogwuche – Daisy
Uche Benjamin – Sylvia
Gloria Sarfo – Jenifer
Joy Attah – Annabel
Amanda Iwuese – Teresa
Amaka Uzoh – Ify

Themes:
Rape
Societal pressure
Morality

My Rating – 52%

Margaret is a minister’s daughter. Her parents despair over her wayward behaviour. She clubs all night and often comes home drunk. Even her boyfriend Ken doubts her integrity as he remembers the dubious circumstance under which he met her and how he was warned against her by the guy that she was with that night. He was warned that she was a thief, and it was a warning that he ignored because Margaret put on an excellent act of innocence and he assumed that the guy reporting her was drunk.

It is only when Ken’s money goes missing that he begins to wonder whether or not Margaret is the virtuous minister’s daughter that he thought her to be. She has no limits. Even with her friends she is disloyal and we see her getting caught in bed with one of her friends’ boyfriend.

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It is strange how the movie is subtitled in the first scene and then randomly in scenes afterwards. There seemed to be no reasoning behind it. You should either subtitle the whole thing or not at all. After all it wasn’t even in parts which were hard to hear or understand so what was the point?

Oh the irony in the name Immaculate. What a wonderful choice of a name for somebody that embodies in totality everything that is not immaculate. We do find out in the end that Immaculate behaves in the way that she does because she had been raped and never told anybody about it, so in that sense we can extend our sympathies’ to her. Her promiscuity stems from her bottled bitterness and pain as a result of the rape.
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Funny Scene
The scene where Jackie was drunk in church was hilarious. She played the part of a drunk really well and you could just imagine yourself in the congregation cringing at her behaviour. I actually like her in this type of role as opposed to her playing the downtrodden crying wench all the time.

Societal Pressure
Gift feels a desperate need to get marriage because of her age. When Jude’s interest in her wanes she believes that it is because of her refusal to visit him at his home. She is so concerned with how her spinsterhood is viewed by society to the extent that she thinks about compromising her Christian values. Her mother lends her support and encourages her to stick to her values, telling her,

“Don’t allow the pressure of your age make you compromise your stand”
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The movie ends with Jude and Margaret getting carted off to jail, as well as the director’s prayer session. Hmm what stupidness? it just didn’t seem appropriate. Maybe the hardcore Christians will like that. I don’t know! Watched the 3 and 4, not much more interesting. I’d recommend it only if you have nothing better to do. Jackie gave a good performance as did Desmond. The flow of the story was not too smooth. About halfway through a new storyline emerges and the new characters are just thrown in rather than introduced slowly. The titling may be similar but Sharon Stone this movie is not!

Bloody Tussle

Bloody Tussle

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Bloody Tussle ~ 2009
(Also known as IN COLD BLOOD)
Story/ Screenplay – Aniedi Awah
Director – Ugo Ugbor (De General)
Producer – Paul Nwachukwu Anaruagu

Starring:
Chika Ike – Elena
Majid Michel – Tony
Ene Miltex Ogiri – Nneka
Francis Duru – Matthew
Livinus Nnochiri – Kingsley
Ali Nuhu – Edmond
Jim Lawson Maduike – Chief Paul
Ricky Eze – Alao
Abel Mmadu – David
Joshua Johnson – Bro Michael
Blessing John – Bro Michael Wife
Taofeek Muyiba – Vanessa
Loveth Akpan – Gift
Lina Joseph – Art Woman
Oge Anyanwu – DPO
Ugo Peters – Policeman

Themes:
Infidelity
Murder

My Rating 44%

Elena and Tony have been married for 2 years. It is a loveless marriage, Elena has been having extramarital affairs and it in a dilemma as to whether or not she should end the marriage. She approaches her father, who is the one that set her up with Tony and he warns her that if she is to divorce her husband it must come from her husband’s side. He adds that she must not be caught with any man. From this we can surmise that there must be some sort of arrangement made before the marriage pertaining to what would happen if they split and under which circumstances.

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Tony wants Matthew, played by Francis Duru to seduce his wife Elena for 3 million Naira. He tells him,

“I have never seen a man as exquisite as you, so chiselled.”

Noooo, you did not hear wrong and no Francis Duru did not have some miraculous makeoever. Laugh wan kill me die! What part of Francis Duru would be called chiselled? The guy is short and dumpy. It was inconceivable to me that out of all the guys in the city it would be Francis that would be the sex bomb approached to be paid to seduce someone’s wife? What kind of nonsense is that? Seriously BAD CASTING!

You know that I have previously said that Majid was on fire and could create chemistry with a wood log, well check this he couldn’t create chemistry with Chika Ike, in fact he had more chemistry with Francis Duru. Chika has got to be the most boring Nollywood Actress ever! The lack of chemistry did make sense considering that they were supposed to be in a loveless marriage, however I bet if they were supposed to be in a loving marriage the chemistry would still remain at zero. *YAWN*
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The movie is PROPERTY OF PAUL DANIELS LTD INT. and trust me you will not forget it. We see non stop scrolling to tell us this across the top of the screen. What is the point? It can’t be to stop the pirates as they will it pirate anyway big ass letters and all. It was just annoying and distracting.

Sound

The sound is abysmally bad and loud. It kept breaking in an out. I actually thought my scart lead was damaged because I couldn’t imagine the sound could be that bad. There is one scene in which Elena is explaining to her employer how she is married to an enemy and I was straining to hear what was being said. I changed the scart lead and the problem persisted. It was only when I turned off the auto volume on the TV that it was made a bit better. Even on volume 7 which is normally low the sound was loud and even vibrated when voices were raised.
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The relationships in this movie were way more complex that I first imagined. It turns into a murder mystery whodunit and Elena in Jail. It is somewhat interesting but after two parts it doesn’t end and so many questions are unanswered. In fact nothing at all was answered. I guess I’d have to watch the rest to get it. I don’t think I’d bother though. Not recommended. Nollywood Production, Nigerian Movie, African Movie, Ghanaian Actor, Nigerian Cinema, Nigerian Actresses

Sense Of Touch

Sense Of Touch

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Sense of Touch ~ 2009
Story, Screenplay & Direction – Tchidi Chikere

Starring:
Tonto Dikeh – Annabel
Van Vicker – Jim
Tchidi Chikere – Sam
Livinus Nnochiri – Dr Maurice
Tony Alor – Rufus
Jr Pope Odonwodo – Andrew
Prince Eke – Phillip
Kennedy Kalu – Obi
Mark Nwafor – Chike
Godwin Uyanwanne – Okon
Francis Onia – Obodo
Gospel Orji – DPO
Chinonso Ogbaka – Nurse
Johnson Durueke – Neighbour
David Aginwa – Cellmate

Themes:
City Life
Rebellion
Love

My Rating 50%

Annabel is labelled a “city gallivanting and unfocused daughter” by her father who has become perturbed by her late nights and scanty dress. Her father is so concerned that he goes as far as to confiscate her car keys and then hire thugs to harass her every time that she leaves the house to make her want to retreat to the sanctity of the house as opposed to the streets.

After Annabel finds out that it is her father that has hired the thugs that have been harassing her, after seeing them fraternising with one of the house staff at the front gate, father and daughter have a serious talk about Annabel’s future. She tells her father that rather than to become an economist as he had wanted for her, she in fact has a passion for singing and desires to become a worldwide singing phenomenon.

Annabel’s father is willing to do anything to make her happy and agrees to do everything within his power to help her realise her dream. Enter Jim played Van Vicker who is enlisted as a vocal couch to help Annabel become a singer before her 21st birthday. 

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 The whole premise of this movie is stupid stupid stupid. Annabel’s father pays 2 million to one random boy (Jim) that  he meets outside a hospital to turn his daughter into a “singer.” Does he mean singer in that she can hold a tune? Or singer as in that she becomes a success? Why would you pay him that much?

There are plenty of people that sing amazingly in their showers and have never sold an album in their lives, and vice versa many that sound appalling that have sold many many records. The terms of the agreement should have been better laid out. If he did mean a success did he check Jim’s credentials? Since when has only vocals been the makings of a superstar. What about marketing and promotion? Artist development? Contacts? Dedication? Hard work?

The other thing to mention is that when Annabel’s dad met Jim, he was singing outside the hospital and actually sounded pretty atrocious. It would be unthinkable to me that someone would hear him and think to themselves, “Wow he sounds so amazing I’d like him to teach me/my daughter/ my aunt…” Nothing about his performance outside the hospital would make you think VOCAL TRAINER! He didn’t sound to bad back at the house, but then why would you pay someone with below average talent to develop your daughter into a singing superstar? It makes no sense!

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It turns out that Annabel didn’t really want to learn how to sing, it was just a ploy to get freedom from her dad. Van is not too happy to learn that she is not interested in singing and is dragged around town by her as a 3rd wheel while she frolics with her boyfriend of the moment.

Tonto soon wants Van to become her boyfriend and tells him she will dump all her other guys. When he explains to her that he does not have feeling for her. She laughs and says,

“Who gives a flip about feelings… We will just do a pretence game?”

This did not make sense to me at all. Pretend to whom? She definitely couldn’t let her father know that she was trying to seduce the vocal coach. So for what or for whom was the pretence supposed to be in aid of? Is it a sex thing? And if so then why does she use the term boyfriend?

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From not wanting anything to do anything with Annabel, Jim soon becomes her boyfriend, and when their relationship is discovered by her father the drama really starts as Jim’s money is put into jeopardy. When Jim realises that Annabel has made him lose the money he beats her up. It only looks like a few slaps and a kick and she is in hospital on a drip. What is she on a drip for?  Why is he beating her up over the money? Before he met Annabel’s father he was managing so why wouldn’t he manage now that he is no longer employed as the vocal trainer?

After Annabel is released from hospital she runs away when her father tries to send her to Saudi Arabia. Her father goes to Jim’s house to look for her. Why would she be there? Didn’t the man just hospitalise her? Then to add to my confusion Jim calls Annabel to warn her that her father is looking for her. Since when were they on speaking terms? He just beat her! Plus he had just been put in jail for beating her.  He then goes to meet her but doesn’t want to listen to what she has to say. Why on earth does he go to meet her then? Sooooo many things don’t make sense!

Van’s character needs more development. In the beginning he couldn’t say boo to a ghost and the next minute he is having violent rages. He appears to be honest and found being deceitful to Annabel’s dad very hard and then the next minute he is the willing participant in a blackmailing scam. Tonto’s character too needed development; she seems intent in claiming money form her father despite the fact that neither she nor Jim really need it. It all seems rather pointless.

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I would not recommend this movie. Although it was watchable and there were some good scenes on the whole it was a poor story that was poorly executed. The two main characters were inadequately developed and too many loose ends were left open. Oh! and I must give a shout out to the pink dot. It is standing strong ready to ruin your viewing pleasure, however things are looking up as I saw a recent Tchidi movie and it was gone, nevertheless if you don’t wanna see the pink dot then you don’t wanna see this movie!

My Last Ambition

My Last Ambition

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My Last Ambition ~ 2009
(Continuation to Tomorrow Must Wait)
Story – Omotola Jalade Ekeinde & Ibe Victor
Screenplay – Bassey Ubong Nya
Director – Ikechukwu Onyeka

Starring:
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde – Amanda
Nonso Diobi – Dan
Rukky Sanda – Vanessa
Nadia Buari – Nelly
Michelle Ikegulu – Foxy
Helen Alo – Rubby
Jim Lawson Madueke – Otunba
Kenneth Chukwu – Jide
Livinus Nnochiri – Chief Bernard
Rose Ofuzim – Adaora
Ken Godfrey Achionye – Amokri
Ibe Victor – Doctor
Gladys Okwueshi – Grandma
Ubong Bassey Nya – Segun

Themes:
Greed
Materialism
Promiscuity

My Rating 13%

This movie is the continuation to Tomorrow Must Wait.

In case you didn’t watch TMW Parts 1, 2 and 3 let me give you a quick synopsis:

Dan and Amanda have been a couple since their university days. Amanda sacrificed her own education so that Dan could graduate. Her mother even blames the stresses that she put on her father as the cause of his untimely death. Not only is her father dead but she is estranged from her mother, so Dan is practically her life. Her support seems worth it when on graduation Dan land a plum job in an oil company. He vows to support her as she did him, however things take a turn for the worse when the chairman of the company that he works for makes him a proposal that he just cannot resist.

He proposes that Dan marries his daughter Nelly and in turn inherits the company on his death. From being, a kind and caring young man Dan is transformed into a ruthless, money grabbing nasty piece of work. However Nelly tells her father that Dan is a gold digger and refuses to marry him. Her father comes round to her way of thinking and bans Dan from marrying her, leaving Jide his company in his death.

Tommorrow Must Wait ends badly. Jide (the guy Dan was always battling in the office) inherits the company, only to have it snatched away from him by creditors, and there we have it THE END. We do not know what becomes of Amada and Dan’s relationship or what happens to Nelly.

All in all despite the rubbish ending I liked the movie and would give it 75%. So from something that was a good watch (TMW) turns into something catastrophic and disastrous (MLA). There were a bunch of people involved in the continuation of this movie and not one of them thought to REWORK this trash? Or even bin it all together? I guess you were all out for a quick buck at the expense of US the viewer. SHAME ON YOU! Omotola, how could you even put your name to this? We shall soon be renaming you Ambassador for 419! Nonsense!

I started watching My Last Ambition hoping to see what became of all the characters, and after watching 3 parts for hours on end, what did I have to lose? The answer is A LOT!!!

This is unbelievable. I put in the part one and it is stuff I have watched already! WTH? The part 1 on My Last Ambition covers most of part 2 of TMW and even goes on to part 3. I then went to put the next disc in, to discover that the new footage starts off 11 minutes and 30 seconds into the part 2. WHAT? This is SHOCKING! More than half of this new movie is REPETITION and it gets worse!

So let me cool down and tell the story. We find out Dan has been banned from marrying Nelly and in the first NEW scene we see him calling Vanessa trying to get in touch with Nelly but to no avail, as Vanessa blows him off.

The focus in the continuation seems to be Vanessa and her new friend Ada, also Vanessa’s relationship with her round headed mugu Magnus (His name wasn’t in the credits so I don’t know the name of the actor that played him.) I don’t know why people don’t like Rukky. I think she is quite good and she nailed it in her scenes with her mugu. She played the spoilt gold digger to perfection., demanding money every minutes for any ailment and situation she could imagine up and adding only to every sentence when it looked like Mangus may say no,

“Ah it’s only 2 hundred thousand now! What is it? A mere 2 hundred thousand.”

There is a very funny scene where Jide comes to join his friend Magnus at the restaurant with Vanessa. She has lied and told Magnus her name is Rita, but of course Jide recongnises her as they used to work together before she got fired after it was discovered she had forged her degree certificate. Jide calls her Vanessa and she insists her name is Rita to which Jide replies,

“Vanessa have you suddenly become born again and you’ve changed your name to Rita?”

Vanessa holds her own and sticks to the story until the end cussing both men out while sticking to the Rita story, before grabbing her drinks and storming out of the restaurant.

All this stuff with Vanessa and her mugu is very entertaining but still I am wondering to myself. What happened to Nelly, Dan and Amanda?

Toward the end of the movie Vanessa’s friend Ada is heartbroken by her “fiancé” who she finds out was seeing her cousin. Vanessa tells her the story of Amanda and Daniel, how close they were and how it fell apart. We see her tell the story in a series of flashbacks. As you can imagine by now I am P-I-S-S-E-D! A whole 20 minutes playing footage from part 1. (Not forgetting all the other repetition previously mentioned). These people cannot be serious! After all the flashbacks the camera pans to Rukky’s face and she says the words,

“And so Did Amanda love Daniel.”

CREDITS ROLL…

THE END.

Absolutely ludicrous!!! THAT WAS IT? 5 whole parts I sat through!

I would definitely NOT recommend this movie. Watch Tomorrow Must Wait and leave it there. I wasn’t sure whether to give it no rating, but in the end decided on 13% for the entertainment factor in Rukky’s performance. Ooh and let me mention this loud music playing when people are speaking needs to stop! Some of us have neighbours and cannot be blasting the TV at top volume and pressing our ears up to speakers every time you decide to do this. NON-SENSE.

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.

Beautiful Soul

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Beautiful Soul
Story – Tchidi Chikere
Screenplay – Tchidi Chikere/ Genevieve Nnaji
Director – Tchidi Chikere

 

Starring:
Genevieve Nnaji – Olivia
Yul Edochie – Geoffrey
Tchidi Chikere – David
Ali Nuhu – Okon
Nana Ama Agyeman McBrown – Comfort
Livinus Nnochiri – Obi
Chiejina Ephraim – Samson
Lotachi Johnson Oloto – Barbie
Romeo. I. Romeo – Dr Thomas
Nike Anyado – Jonathan
Ndidi Okafor – Romina
Wulford Ajayi – Charles
Mary Umoh – Irene
Jennifer Ekwu – Nancy
Sara Yakuba – Prisca
Oma Olean – Bar Joe
Ilaya Precious Fejiro – Nurse
Victor Ede – Gateman

 

Themes:
Love
Unrequited Love
Altruism
Social Class
Greed

MY RATING – 78%

“Please sit down, you know that I hate it when you stand around looking like servants”

“But Madam, that’s what we are.”

The film opens with Olivia, the madam of the house presenting her four servants with a pay off check of 6 million naira. We learn that since her mother, who employed the servants died she has been alone with only the servants in the house.

We also learn that she has sickle cell anaemia and may be soon to die, hence the reason for the pay off to the house staff. Olivia claims to want to do “something else” with her life, not feeling fulfilled with her current state.

The servants accept the cheques and then approach her concerned, not knowing what to do with such an extraordinary amount of money. It is as if their positions had them resigned to a life of servitude. Olivia even tells them,

“Do you guys want to die as servants, don’t you aspire to do anything better with your lives.”

Olivia plans to go away to live a more simple “normal” life having being raised in a wealthy family. She asks her boyfriend Geoffrey to go along with her, and he agrees. She departs almost immediately, leaving the servants distressed and in tears. It is a touching moment and shows us that love and humanity amongst humans knows now social class.

Olivia is humble and does not treat people differently because of status or what they have. We see this again when she hails a taxi in the road to go and pick up Geoffrey to start their new life together. When she gets out of the taxi to go and get Geoffrey she leaves her luggage in the car. The driver David asks her if she would like to take her luggage with her to which she replies no. He then tells her,

“but people are not supposed to leave taxi drivers with their luggages.”

To which she simply states,

“that is my biggest fault. I’m too trusting.”

When Olivia goes to get Geoffrey she is told that he has “travelled” effectively abandoning her, leaving only a note. She is shaken and tells the taxi driver to take her “anywhere.” Meanwhile we find out that Geoffrey did not in fact go anywhere and was actually inside the house simply avoiding Olivia. His reasoning being that he did not want to “gamble with his future” by being with a “sick and dying girl.”

Olivia makes the journey alone and checks into a hotel before going to Lugbe settlement, a poor community a whole world away from what she is used to. She passes by a woman called Comfort’s house where she sees a notice requesting a governess for her daughter Barbie. She is interviewed on the spot and acquires the job despite her inexperience. Olivia, Comfort and Barbie connect on sight and so begins Olivia’s new life.

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WHY’s?

1) Why, midway through part one a pink blurry dot about the size of a fingertip appears on the bottom centre of the screen. It stays for about a minute and then reappears on and off throughout the rest of part one and part two. Does anyone watch these movies for errors before putting them out? It was clear to me it was a problem on the lens of ONE certain camera as only certain outside shots were affected.

2) Why when at David’s house was Barbie the little girl wearing some HIGH HEELS? That child couldn’t have been more than 8!

3) Why was there an epilogue at the end of part 1 telling the viewer what happened next when there was a part 2? That got me confused! We are told in the epilogue that Comfort found out that Olivia was in fact the benefactor, however when part 2 comes along Olivia arranges for Geoffrey’s friend Okon to pose as the benefactor so that epilogue was NONSENSICAL! I’m assuming it was going to be one part and then minds wee changed. Who knows? All I do know is that I found that very very messy.

4) (This is actually a how!) How many flippin plane crashes happen in Nigeria? We learn that Olivia’s mother died in a plane crash. I have lost count of the times I have seen this as a cause of death in Nollywood!

Overall I enjoyed the film. It was beautiful in its simplicity. We learn how one persons kindness and humility can touch a person for a lifetime, despite only being connected for a short time. Despite its flaws it was emotionally charged and almost moved me to tears on more than one occasion. Genevieve played her role beautifully, and the title was most definitely appropriate. I would have scored it higher if not for the epilogue shenanigan.

Solid Affection

Solid Affection

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Directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka

Story by Oluma Okonkwo

Screenplay by Tai-Emaka Obasi

 

 

SOLID AFFECTION

 

Starring

Ramsey Noah – Stanley

Oge Okoye – Sandra

Uche Jombo – Patricia

Livinus Nnochiri – Igwe

John Paul Nwadike – Paul

Muma Gee – Jane

Hakeem Rahman – DPO

Vitalis Ndubuisi – Jona

Cassandra Odita – Christy

Florence Onuma – Florence

 

 

 

Themes explored in the film

Lesbianism

Christianity

Patriotism

Justice

 

 My Rating 52%

 

 

 

Stanley has recently graduated from college and is unemployed. His father is constantly on his case about him finding a job. He does find a job with good pay as assistant to a company CEO. The future looks bright; however all that glitters is not gold.

 

Sandra and her older sister are at loggerheads. Sandra is a born again Christian and is determined to expose her sister as receiving funds through dishonourable means to their parents.

 

Here are two separate families that are brought together in more than one way.

 

If you have not watched this film, you may want to stop reading here.

***SPOILERS***

 

Stanley and Sandra both find themselves employed at Nepa Surulere where senior bosses are defrauding money. They find out and then collect evidence to present to the EFCC in Abuja. However their plan is found out and everybody who has something to gain from the fraud is trying to put a stop to them getting to the EFCC office in Abuja.

 

Stanley and Sandra are the two main characters and both born again Christians. The Christianity agenda was pushed at every given opportunity and grew to be quite tiresome. Although the aims were to paint Christians in a good light, I just didn’t buy it. It made Christians look like sheep who are unable to think or have any opinion (in my opinion) It didn’t paint Christians in a good light to me.

 

Stanley‘s boss is trying to embark on a sexual affair with him. When he refuses her advances he gives his reason as,

 

“I can’t I’m a Christian.”

 

Why couldn’t he say,

 

“No I don’t want to. I don’t even know you and I don’t believe in casual sex.”

 

Just saying that you are a Christian does not give a proper answer. It as if you have no brain and have been dictated to… speaking of the verb “dictate”

 

In one scene Stanley’s boss asks him to be a gentleman and put her jacket on for her. Why did the fool Ramsey look like he’s just been asked to shoot a new born baby? He just stares dumbfounded and doesn’t move. His boss Jane then says,

 

“Do I dictate hesitation?”

 

Huh DICTATE? How the hell do you dictate hesitation, if your name ain’t Fidel or Gadaffi? I had to rewind the make sure I heard correctly… Who wrote this script? Oh yeah it was IKECHUKWU ONYEKA. They must have told her to say detect (I would hope anyway.)

 

 

So mixed in with all the Christianity stuff was the lesbian storyline. This is getting really common in Nollywood now. Funny, a film about a man to man sexual relationship cannot make it past the censors but all this lesbian stuff is being churned out week in week out.

 

Ramsey loses his job pretty quickly for not wanting to sleep with his boss. She does refer him onto another company though. I didn’t see what the point of that was as the whole point for sacking him was to punish him for not paying ball, by giving him a job at another company and letting him keep the car and house that he was given, where is the punishment?

 

Stanley‘s new job is as an account manager. His secretary is played by Oge. On her first day Stanley asks,

 

“Why are you late?”

 

She then says something about traffic. He then says,

 

“Are you a Christian?”

 

Surely there had to be a better way to let the viewer know that they are both born again?

 

The Christian agenda is pushed all the way through the film. We see one of the police Sergeants that had been instructed to kill Stanley let him go. Stanley asks him why he was freeing him and he replies,

 

“I am a practising Christian.”

 

The whole thing is like an advertisement for the church.

 

A big two hour plus advert.

 

After the Sergeant frees Stanley, he and Sandra take refuge in a church. They have escaped death and have been given food by the church’s pastor. The good Christians that they are (as has been shoved down the viewer’s throats the whooooole film) they get straight to gobbling and don’t even say grace! SHOCKER! Then to top it off Sandra AKA Virgin Mary (As her sister Patricia refers to her) talks of wanting to see the fraudsters at their workplace “hanged.” Such nice Godly talk? NONSENSE.

 

I preferred part 2 to Part 1. Part 1 was a little slow. Part 2 is where the tension picks up. We see Stanley and Sandra on the run with the Pastors nephew trying to get to Abuja by any means necessary. Every time it looks like they just might make it something happens to deter them. The pace towards the ending was good, but at the same time the events highly unrealistic.

 

After making it to EFCC in Abuja they receive 10million each for being “patriots” The EFCC agents come back to Lagos to come and give Stanley’s dad 20 million compensation for reporting fraud in his company 20 years previously and being sacked for it. They also tell Stanley and Sandra they can have any job at any government office. YEAH RIGHT? How would all that happen? There was nothing about being honest or fighting criminals, they just kept bandying the word “patriot” around. It was really used incorrectly in this film.

 

It was a fairytale ending somewhat, but we never did see what happened with the Lesbian lovers, so that was disappointing considering they played a major role in the film. We never did find out exactly what Pat did for Jane was she just her toy girl? Who knows? Maybe there is a part 3-4. If there is I know I won’t be watching it!