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Pretender

Pretender ~ 2002
Story/Screenplay – Sunday Ekegbo
Director – Chika Onu

Starring:
Tony Umez – Okechukwu
Nkiru Sylvanus – Benita
Patience Ozokwor – Mama
Fabian Adibe – Papa Oke
Rita Edochie – Mama
Emeka Ike – Matthew
Promise Odika – Somto
Stephanie Okereke – Ifeoma
Prince Nwafor – Nnamdi
Jennifer Okoli – Nkechi
Andy Ike – Supervisor

Themes:
Jealousy
Greed
Family Loyalty
Justice

My Rating – 70%

Ifeoma was living a life of bliss, engaged to be married to Okechukwu. She always got on with Benita and Somto, his brother and sister that live with him in the city. She gets on with them so well you would believe that they are her own siblings. Once Ifeoma becomes Matthews’s wife her mother’s meddling ways puts her marriage in jeopardy.

Mama persuades Ifeoma that she needs to push Benita and Somto out of her marital home for her to enjoy her husband fully. She tells Ifeoma that if she allows them to stay they will ruin her marriage. She then uses that opportunity move herself and her wayward son into Ifeoma’s home and immediately they start causing problems.

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An oldie but a goodie, everybody played their parts well. As usual Patience Ozokor was phenomenal playing her usual wicked mama role. She has been typecast, yes but if it ain’t broke why fix it? Nkiru and Promise were on point, in fact where has Nkiru been these days? Tony Mumu played his usual role and he played it well.

I would recommend this movie. It was a predictable but enjoyable movie and there is a lesson to be learn about following your own mind and not allowing meddling family members to interfere in your affairs and sway you from what you know to be right for you. Even if you are going to make a mistake it is better that you make it of your own back. After all that is how were learn as humans and mistakes are inevitable on that learning curve.

Missing Child

Missing Child

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Missing Child ~ 2009
Story, Screenplay, Direction – Ilochi Olisaemeka

Starring:
Patience Ozokwor – Owakwe
Mike Ezuruonye – Detective
Tonto Dikeh – Jane
Emeka Amakeze – Nnamdi
Juliet Ibrahim – Princess Rose
Halima Abubakar – Amara
Chukwuma Uchegbu – Emeka
Biola Ige – Adamma
Mary Igwe – Juliet
Favour Chimobi – Chioma
Ujunwa Asuzu – Chinyere

Themes Explored:
Childlessness
Child Trafficking
Phantom Pregnancy

My Rating – 42 %

Jane is desperate to have a baby and believes that if she acts like she is already with child she will “take in.” She buys baby clothes and in her room she has a dolly in a cradle that she rocks on a daily basis as if it is a real child. Even her husband is so used to the charade that he plays along with her. Will Jane ever get the baby she so craves?

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In Jane’s obsession to have a baby we see her on the streets reprimanding a woman for shouting at and smacking her child. If a child is not being treated how she deems fit she will make it be known. She swoops in on the boy that is being punished by his mother and screams at his mother that she should show the child a “little care and respect.”

Some things in the movie are not made clear to the viewer. We are introduced to Mike’s character but I got through to the end of part one and really didn’t know what his purpose in the movie was at all. We are shown text messages and secret packages, but the whole thing drags on for too long without any explanation as to his role.

By part 2 I can deduce that there is some child snatching going on as is evident when Nurse Amara goes to give a beggar on the street money and the beggar metamorphosises into some kids that chant at her, “we don’t want your money. We want to see our mummy.” She freaks out and takes to her heels, so I take it from this that she is telling people that their babies have died and is selling them on.

Assassins are paid to kill girls that end up keeping their babies. I was wondering how that would work and why suspicions wouldn’t have been aroused. Why did the assassin let Julie go and give her a fat stack of money too? He didn’t seem to know her. We can gather that he felt sorry for her, but what was so special about her in particular? This area should have been explored in slightly more detail. I couldn’t figure out if Owakwe was in on Julie going missing or if the surprise on her face is all an act?
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Even when Biola Ige acts out crying she has a dead look in her eyes. She was marginally better than in Darkest Link, in terms of she wasn’t overacting as much but truthfully speaking that is nothing to go by. I am still amazed that this girl keeps getting cast and YES I will keep saying it till she gets to stepping or significantly improves her game.

Halima Abubakar plays the role of the mentally tortured nurse very well. You will believe that she is nurse Amara haunted by these children to the point that she confesses all. It is a role that I have seen her in before though. For those who have seen Wild and Dirty you will remember the character that she played in that movie too became haunted to the point that she took to excessive drinking to block it out.

Patience plays Owakwe a baby stealer that poses as a kindly woman that “rescues” lost pregnant girls for the streets providing them with support and accommodation. I thought it slightly odd that none of the pregnant girls in the house became suspicious when girls kept on coming back to the house without their babies.

Tonto Dikeh excelled in this role. It was one that gave her an opportunity to act out a range of different emotions and expressions. Desperations seeped heavily from every pore of her being. I thought the pair up with Emeka Amakeze could have been better, although he played his role (as well as he could) the character felt very one dimensional against Tonto’s more developed character.
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Work needed to be done on these pregnant stomachs. Some of them were not even rounded, but instead just lumpy material shoved up girls’ tops. In one scene a girl is walking and the lump is moving around desperately trying to fall out of her top with each step that she takes.

What was the point of Juliet’s character Princess Rose? In one scene we see her rolling around on a bed wearing a mini skirt and tank top. Detective Mike comes in and tells her, “let me get you something better to wear.”  This guy’s something better to wear is a thin short white dress, which we then see her wearing on a hospital bed. In which era does this make sense?

While we are on the subject of dress let me ask, why is a nurse wearing stiletto heels? This is pure madness! I have never been to a hospital and seen a nurse in stilettos. This is where research comes into play where common sense and logical reasoning has been lost. A nurse is helping to save lives not parading the catwalk at a Christian Lacroix show. Stiletto heels are not appropriate for a nurse to wear to work. Nurses wear covered, flat, slip resistance shoes. It is details like this that take away from the realism of a movie.
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There was a very nice twist at the end of the movie. I will not give it away, but if you watch it you will see. I did, however wonder what was the relevance for us to see the detective eating out, picking up chicks, rolling on the bed with Princess Rose? It is like the detective storyline was just thrown in there as an afterthought. Even the pregnancy at the end of the movie, I wondered; why was that thrown in there? How did that relate to anything?

At the end of the movie there is a scene where Halima addresses Mike, “Yes Doctor” when he asks her for the story about the goings-on at the hospital. I assume this was a mistake but mistakes like this need to be reshot because these mistakes become distracting. ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS VITAL! Sound was somewhat poor. Very often we hear loud music playing over dialogue, which simply means you have to higher the volume and strain to hear or miss out bits. It was quite annoying along with the sound cutting in an out at times.
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I would not recommend this movie as ultimately the execution was poor, parts of the story were over confusing and attention to detail was lacking in a big way. There were however some very good performances from the cast. I loved the whole concept of the phantom pregnancy as it was something different to the run of the mill stories you often get, Kudos for the attempt at exploring this not widely talked about phenomenon

Father’s Blood

Father’s Blood

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Father’s Blood ~ 2009
Story, Screenplay and Direction – Tchidi Chikere

Starring:
Mike Ezuruonye – Matthew
Mercy Johnson – Olivia
Patience Ozokwor – Salome
Ifeanyi Ikechukwu – Sarge
John Mgbere – Chief Orthega
Vivian Ezejiaku – Nurse
Ugo Uwagbama – Ishmael
Sunday Irogboli – Akpan
Jefrey Iloba – Briggs
Sochima Jonathan – Grace
Jonathan Ganagana – Thomas
Sule Rahmat – Mimi
Chukwuoma Ejikeme – Abigail
Nneji Uju – Ugo

Themes:
Forced Retirement
Family
Love
Alcoholism

My Rating 77%

Sarge’s bosses have told him that they want to retire him at the end of the month. He is not in support of this at all as he is still fit and desperate to work because he has a family to support including a 23 year old son in school. His pleas to keep his job fall on deaf ears and his bosses will not recant their decision. In a fit of desperation Sarge resorts to extreme measures to ensure that his family are provided for, and he is willing to lose his life in the process.

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Sarge played by Ifeanyi Ikechukwu is a G. As he robs the Bureau de Change where he works as a security guard he points the gun at his boss, who is laying face down on the floor and roars at him,

“Chief, you want to retire me? Come and retire me now! You want to retire me again? I will retire you now!”

Ifeanyi is cast well as the man who is driven to an out of character act by desperation. The torment is written all over his face through his expression. He interpreted the role very well. Forced retirement is a real issue that people of retirement age have to deal with every day the world lover. They are made to feel useless and hopeless even if they are able bodied and fit to work as we can see in this movie. Having no job with a family to support knocks Sarge’s pride as a man.

On the other hand the role of the Chief was minor but majorly butchered. Chief Chief! What can I say – this guy’s acting is more that horrible. Maybe if I say it in French it will lessen the pain I felt when watching him. Il est très horrible!!! His name is John Mgbere and I surely hope not to see him again unless he is not talking. If he is somebody’s friend or relative… A beg was it necessary for him to have a speaking role?
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After Sarge commits the robbery he speeds off in the getaway car to some remote woodland area where he buries the suitcase. He then calls his wife and tells her where he has buried the money and what he intends for her to do with it,

“It is for Matthew… Tell him it is his father’s blood. He must use that money and become someone in life.”

He then directs her to present the money to him in 2 years time when he is 25. In this we see a father’s love for his son and desire to see him son succeed where he did not. He is even willing to give up his life to ensure that his son enjoys a better quality of life. He knows that his boss will come for his family if he simply runs away so he makes sure that he alerts them to where he is by shooting his rifle, so that they will kill him and in turn leave his family alone.
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Why are we shown Salome, Sarge’s wife taking money out of the gold case and hiding it under the bed? I thought she was doing that to then get rid of the suitcase but then fast-forward to two years later when she is presenting Matthew with the money and we see all the money neatly stacked back in the gold case. Why show her taking it out of the case? Why not have her hide the whole case underneath the bed? That made no sense to me.

Matthew is told to use the money wisely but what does the stupid boy go and do? He goes to buy a car to impress a girl that he was hawking goods on the roadside with, all because she says she will sleep with him if he has a car! He comes by where she sells her new goods with his new car and on top of that he is decked out in sunglasses and some brand spanking new attire. I thought this was a bit too much of a transformation in the one day. So because he buys a car he must go on a shopping trip too?

Matthew’s change in character I felt was too sudden. You have bought a car and some new clothes and all of a sudden you are talking with a posh-ish accent, it felt a little unbelievable to me. On the contrary when he decks out Olivia in her new clothes she looks different but still retains the local razzness that she had about her.
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Matthew squanders his money on fast living and after his car is wrecked he really has nothing at all to show for it. His mother finds out and is distraught that her husband has died for nothing. Olivia almost gets herself killed by Matthew after he sees her talking to a man in the hotel where she is staying, and finds himself in prison because of this. We see how his father’s ill gotten gains have only brought his misery, but should the sins of the father be revisited upon the son?

We see how the pressure of trying to live up to his parent’s expectations and the guilt on his head about not making the most of his father’s sacrifice leads Matthew to using alcohol and sometimes weed as a coping mechanism.

There is a scene in part 2 which is hilarious. Olivia is now born again and trying to get Matthew to straighten out his life and marry her but despite the more modest dress you can still see the thug in her. She rolls up to his house determined to change his life by force. When he tries to escape her she grabs him and wraps her legs around him to the point where her asks her, “Is it by force to marry?” to which she exclaims, “yes!”Another hilarious scene involving Mercy Johnson is when she sees him on the street with one of his girls. She beats her up in the middle of the street and then runs back to Matthews house ready to descend on him should he come back. She then sees him with his alcohol and chases him until she wrestles the containers from him!
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Alocholism and addiction is an important topics touched on in the movie. We see how the effects go beyond the person who is addicted. People close to an alcoholic are affected in that they have to deal with the erratic behaviour, the aggression, the stealing, and the shame involved. Matthew thinks only of alcohol. One one occasion he runs out of money and screams at his mother,

“Give me money ooo and let me go and drink beer before the cold ones go hot.”

It is comic but so tragic at the same time. The ending was unpredicatable. I thought it was going to be a fairy tale ending where Matthew becomes born again and he and Olivia live happily ever after. It was not an idealistic ending in that sense but it was very real. Very often where addiction is involved there actually is no happy ending and lives are wrecked or lost in the process. It is a sad situation where a mother sees the only way for her son to be free is in taking his life, and Salome expresses that out loud,

“It is good for you to be dead… I have watched you drowning in your own vomit… I have set you free.”
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I liked this movie. I would recommend it. The main characters played their roles well and complimented each other. The use of the slow motion and sound effects to go along with it at the end of the movie were very nicely done and added to the dramatics of the whole scene. My only criticisms would be the sudden change in Mike’s accent. Sound also needed some improvement. Many times when the scene would change there would be a block in sound which was very noticeable and it happened more than one. THUMBS UP!

NB: At the end of Part 1 there is an epilogue despite the part 2 Tchidi why? I want to know. Is this in case people only buy part 1 or what? Someone please tell me! I believe this movie is 2009 but then in one scene they have Mike singing Sisquo’s unleash the dragon so who really knows if this is repackaged or not?

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Broken Soul

Broken Soul

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Broken Soul

Director – Evans Orji

Starring:
Queen Nwokoye – Julia
Patience Ozokwor – Susan
Van Vicker – Chima
Chidimma Aneke – Mary
Chidiebere Aneke – Martha
Favour Aneke Ani – Angela
Ifeanyi Ikechukwu – Joshua
Abraham Madubuko – Nduka
Micheal Godson – Mike
Ruby Orjiakor – Oge
Chidikobi Micheal – Udoka
Pat Ede – Ify
Favour Eze – Angel
Tonia Obieze – Timi
Chukwudi Asogwa – Junior

Themes:
Childlessness
Sibling Rivalry
Infidelity
Death

My Rating – 57%

Mary and Martha are twin sisters that are so close that they vow to marry brothers to preserve this closeness. They end up marrying two brothers. Mary has a daughter with her husband and the other is not as fortunate having recently experienced two miscarriages. Mike’s untimely death becomes the root of problems between the sisters. With his brother dead and only bearing a female child and his wife seemingly unable to give him a child the main thing on his mind is continuing his family name and bearing a male son by any means necessary. He begins an affair with Mary. In a side story we see Julia’s issues with her husband and his family. The two stories interweave through a chance meeting between Julia and Martha in a hair salon.

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The story with Martha and Mary and the brothers that they married is more or less nonsensical. If Chima was in love with Mary the whole time and not his wife Martha then why didn’t he just get with her in the first place. This was not explained or looked at all. At first it is made out that Chima only wants to get with his brother’s wife so that he can have a child and then later the intent changes. The affair with Mary seems to come from nowhere. The way in which the twins fell out did not seem realistic. The escalation to one twin attempting to kill the other and the running away was too quick. It was as if that whole story line was improvised. Even the synopsis on the back did not correlate with the movie watched, so maybe it was being made up as filming went on.
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Julia and her husband have a tempestuous relationship with his family up in arms about the fact that he is taking care of “another man’s child.” The storyline with Julia, her husband and his family was the one that made the whole film worth watching. These were the funniest and most memorable scenes. At one point Julia and her husband’s sister (who is on the larger side) have and argument, Julia tells her,

“What is your problem you hippopotamus? Why can’t you stay in your house and stop disturbing me.”

The in law replies,

“You mosquito – you dare to come and rub shoulders with me in my own brother’s house?”

Another hilarious scene is where Julia and her husband are fighting and she calls him a “woman” with regards to his inability to produce children. It is the first time I have heard and infertile man referred to as a “woman” as opposed to women who are childless always being referred to as “men.”

In another scene we see Julia beat her husband for sex until he runs out of the room. She then tells us that she didn’t really want to sleep with his but just wanted the bed to herself and knew that by harassing him for sex he would run away!
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I would recommend this movie if only for the storyline involving Queen Nwokoye and Pat Ede. The film would have done well just cutting out the main storyline altogether and developing the side story. It would have made one helluva comedy. It was strange that the two stories were put together because they were not connected apart from Julia and Mary meeting in the hair salon. Queen and Pat were excellent as the bickering married couple. Chidimma and Chidibere too did a good job with the abysmal story they were working with. In one scene in particular Chidimma killed it! This was where Chima tells her character that her husband has died. Her expression of emotion is so real, convincing and powerfully moving. I am so glad they got Van Vicker and yellow brother. This is sooo much more realistic than putting him alongside Jim Iyke, This new guy is hot too. Both he and Van did ok nothing to rave about but nothing to complain about either.

Mortal Pain

Mortal Pain

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Mortal Pain ~ 2009
Story/ Screenplay – Norbert Ajaegbu
Director – Uzee Madubogwu

Starring:
Patience Ozokwor – Mrs Lawson
Tonto Dikeh – Joanne
Remmy Ohajianya – Chief Lawson
Macdonald Oti – Frank
Patrick Nnamani – Senator Segun
Adanma Oguike – Deborah
Alloy Jideofor – John Sanni
Prince Patrick – Brazil
Nwuba Okwudili – Reverend Father
Uche Iheme – Gateman
TONY NOT CREDITED

Themes:
Rape
Abortion

My Rating – 56%

After Joanne is raped by armed robbers her cousin Deborah, who is like a sister to her makes moves on her boyfriend Tony at the encouragement of her mother, Joanne’s aunt. At first Tony is pining for Joanne, visiting and calling her constantly, that is until Joanne’s mother tells him the story of the robbery. Not only does she tell him about the rape but also the abortion that Joanne had on the doctor’s advice, leaving out the bit about the doctor’s advising it and making up a lie about a ruptured womb in the process. Unable to see himself without children of his own he stops chasing Joanne and soon starts dating her cousin. Mama is joyous about it but Deborah’s father is disgusted and disappointed that Tony could move so quickly onto his daughter after dating Joanne for years. The lies that Mama has told Tony to secure his interest in her daughter is not the only scheming that she has been involved in.

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Deborah appeared to be the loyal sisterly cousin. You know that your cousin has been raped and has sacrificed the love that she has for her boyfriend because she feels so worthless and that she does not deserve him and you are there perambulating with the engagement ring that HER MAN gave you. Nonsense! Tony was supposed to be a good loyal man, but he sure moved onto her cousin with ease and without consideration. It could be said that perhaps he wanted to make her jealous and punish her for pushing him away, but at the same time he would sometimes be concerned as to whether or not Joanne was in the house and not wanting her to see them together. I think they should have made him either want to flaunt it in her face or want to hide the relationship from her. One or the other, but not both at the same time.

The character development was somewhat poor. Mama connives with her lover to send armed robbers to her house to retrieve her husband’s 30,000 dollars that is hidden in his wardrobe. In the process they rape her niece and even though it is not part of the plan and she claims to be very angry she still has time to discuss her share of the money as well as paying the robbers 200,000 Naira. Nonsense! You either be angry properly or don’t be angry at all and simply dismiss the rape as an occupational hazard.
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The rape scene that takes place is sooooooo fake. We don’t need to see explicit details but it would make sense that you at least pretend to take your trousers off before penetration. It looks totally unconvincing when we can see your trousers are still on, you leap on the woman and in one second she is howling in pain. If you cannot even show the guy unbuckling his belt it is best you don’t show any part of the scene and just refer to it afterwards in the dialogue.

Joanne gets pregnant after the rape. This is soooooo predictable. Why in Nollywood does every rape result in pregnancy? Yes we all know that unprotected sex can lead to pregnancy, the operative word being CAN and not WILL, but at the same time every act of intercourse does not result in such.
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It was heartwarming to see a male treating rape sensitively in a movie. Joanne’s uncle does not blame her for the rape because he knows it was not of her own making. He does not treat her as a leper, but on the contrary supports the decisions that she makes accompanying her to her doctor’s appointments and offering advice and a listening ear. Mama on the other hand behaves like a raving lunatic despite the fact that the rape is all her fault. She tells Joanne,

“You must abort this baby. I will not have an armed robber in the house.”

At the end there is a scene where Tony gives a monologue about not knowing that Joanne was “a victim of rape and robbery,” yet at the beginning of the movie we watch a conversation that Joanne has with him about the robbery. These two scenes are contradictory and this is the result of poor scripting. There is another scene at the end that highlights the discrepancies in the script too. Joanne and Tony are reconciling and talking about what has happened and she says to him about Deborah, “I begged her not to take you away from me.” Er hello honey you might have thought it, but you surely did NOT say it. Yes towards the end it was obvious she was upset about the union but she did endorse it verbally many times.
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RESEARCH IS KEY

When one is dealing with medical conditions it does not take much to research a condition, refer to it by name and refer to the REAL symptoms. Making up an affliction and then making up the symptoms on the spot and never referring to it by name looks shoddy. We are told that the reason that Joanne needs to have an abortion is because of a “bacteria infection affecting the formation of foetuses.” BE SPECIFIC. What is this infection called? It must have a name. The symptoms are, “headaches and bleeding.” Next the doctor tells Joanne,

“If we allow you carry this child you will end up giving birth to a deformed child or worst still a child with a hole in the heart.”

Nollywood has a long way to go. Which one is this “bacteria infection” causing headaches, bleeding, deformity and a hole in the heart, all predicted without a scan? And how would any doctor say with certainty that the infection would DEFINITELY cause a deformity? She just got pregnant so no hole in the heart was seen in the foetus, it was all just mumbo jumbo being spouted.
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One thing I’m noticing with alot of these Nolly movies this year especially is that what would have been two disks in a one part movie a couple of years ago are now two part movies. You pay for two parts yet it is not like the parts can be watched separately. They are not even pretending anymore and are writing Disk One and Disk Two on the covers so you don’t get shocked when the fist disk just cuts off and tells you to insert the next without credits or anything.
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Despite the shortcomings I would recommend the movie. It wasn’t great but it was certainly watchable. Tonto did her crying thang. Mama G did her evil Mama thang and Deborah’s brother provided some comic relief. Sometimes his jokes were cringe worthy and at the wrong times but all the same made me laugh some of the time!

Evil Manipulation

Evil Manipulation

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Evil Manipulation
Story – Ugezu J Ugezu, Solomon Apete
Screenplay – Ugezu J Ugezu
Director – Ugezu J Ugezu

Starring:
Mercy Johnson – Joyce
Van Vicker – Kenneth
Chiwetalu Agu – Anaegbuachala
Olu Jacobs – Ezumezu
Patience Ozokwor – Head Queen Onyinye
Camilla Mberekpe – Ozuluonye
Nuella Njubigbo – Emeka Wife
Ernest Asuzu – Ignatius
Gaddiel Onwudiwe – Okuagbammiki
Ifeanyi Azodo – Solo
Lucky Ovuakporaye – Permanent Secretary
Ugezu J Ugezu – Moore
Junior Pope – Pam
Sebastian Ikpoza – Bankole
Ed Nnasor – Ogbaji
Patrick Amadi – Eleki

Themes:
Royalty
Polygamy
Materialism
Karma
Charms

My Rating 50%

Ignatius and Kenneth are Princes from a royal polygamous family. Ignatius’ mother is the first wife Head Queen Onyinye, while Kenneth’s mother, Ozuluonye is the King’s second wife. Kenneth and Ignatius are as close as full brothers as well as cherishing each other’s mothers as their own. Onyine is not happy with this close relationship between the boys and is intent on causing discord by planting seeds of jealousy into her son’s head to make him want to compete with his brother rather than working alongside him. Her manipulation is successful and very soon Ignatius is well under his mother’s control.

The head queen is very materialistic thriving on grand displays of wealth and raising her son to be the same way. We see her son Emeka being chastised for not having a car as though his lack of material wealth reflects badly her. One day Emeka goes with his brother Kenneth to buy their respective mother’s gifts of lace. Emeka’s mother snarls in disgust when she is handed her gift, exclaiming, “What rubbish! Where did you pick this thing from?” On the contrary Kenneth’s mother chastises him for spending so much on her encouraging him to save for the future as opposed to spending on material things. We see the difference in the two mothers. Ozuluonye is selfless and puts her son’s needs before her own whereas Onyinye is selfish and concerned with how outsiders look on her son’s financial situation.

Kenneth excels in business where his brother fails. We can see that this is a direct result of their mother – son relationships. Emeka fails in business because of his mother’s never ending preoccupation with trying to look better than Kenneth and his mother, which causes him to seek fast money through gaining contracts by bribery whereas Kenneth takes his time putting together good solid proposals to win contracts and does not take short cuts.

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Things between the brothers really take a turn for the worse when Kenneth falls on hard times. It is then that his brother turns his back on him. When Ignatius was in his time of need Kenneth lent him 2 million naira. He even borrowed some of the money which Ignatius lost after being duped by 419’ers. We then see how even though Ignatius had secured a 16 Million contact weeks previously he refuses to led his brother 1 million telling him that he does not have it.

It is not a lack of generosity that afflicts Ignatius but rather his mother’s influence in feeling that he must be one step ahead of his brother. That very same day that he refuses to give Kenneth the money he offers to take out a staff member on a night out with all drinks and women paid for. When the said employee expresses disapproval at the way Kenneth is being treated, Ignatius tells him,

“Survival of the fittest.”

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I felt that Ignatius’ character was poorly developed. We should have seen more of his arrogant and selfish side in his early interactions with Kenneth. In the end we find out that the clock is the key to all the issues that the couples in the movie are having. It is given to the head queen under the premise that, “Any house this clock hangs in will know no peace… Everything will go anti clockwise.” Every time charms are used in a movie it is because of some evil, bitter and twisted woman. *Yawn* bit bored of it. If I had known I wouldn’t have bothered watching, or bought the sequel Royal Coup. Yes there is a continuation!

I am indifferent about recommending this movie. Part 1 is very slow. It was not holding my attention and I stopped and started it so many times. That is always a bad sign when you have to force yourself to plough through a movie. It is just one of those ones that isn’t really bad but at the same time  you just don’t care enough about. There is a good moral to the story in that Karma is a Beeeyotch but overall it was a story and message that has been flogged to death. Watch it if you have it but don’t go out of your way to get it!

Hope For Tomorrow

Hope For Tomorrow

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Hope For Tomorrow ~ 2009
Story, Screenplay, Director – Tchidi Chikere

Starring:
Jim Iyke – Kay
Patience Ozokwor – Zelda Adams
Chinwe Owoh – Stella
Sana Kanu – Beatrice
Lanre Oluwale – Collins
Oluchi Ekeh – Nurse
Chuzy Hyman – Nurse 2
Ozioma Okere – Nurse 3
Ijeomah Azukah – Murphy
Prince. O. Mbanefo – Eddie

Themes:
Feminism
Mortality
Sacrifice
Loneliness

My Rating – 61%

In the opening scene we are the viewers of a conversation between two never been married, childless retired college professors. We learn a little about their past and what their hopes and fears are for the future. Despite having never married Zelda believes that even at 67 she can still find love. Zelda on the other hand has given up hope. She regrets not having had children and believes that a woman of a certain age does need people around to assist with certain things. In light of this she invites her sister’s son from the village to come and stay with her.

She enrols him in driving lessons and plans to get rid of her driver so that he can take over as driver. Her nephew Kay, on the other hand has aspirations of becoming a photographic model after a chance meeting with a photographer, Beatrice at a fast food restaurant. His Aunt Stella’s friend Zelda takes a shine to Kay and promises to help him realise his dream of becoming a model. She likes being around him as he makes her feel youthful and they become close friends, however this relationship is soon strained as his intention towards her is platonic and hers romantic.

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In the advertisements before the movie starts I am already hearing Tchidi’s tunes, so I brace myself for a full onslaught. I am pleasantly surprised. He has changed the song from the one in particular that I have been hearing in his last few movies. Surprise surprise! No ringtones highlighting his songs either.
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In the beginning Kay played Jim was portrayed as a shy and naive village boy. Even though his aunt enrolled him in driving lessons believing that he did not know how to drive, he has in fact been driving for the past 2 years in the village. Rather than seeing his character as complex, I saw it as undeveloped. He is supposed to be shy and doesn’t speak much on arrival at his aunt’s place but then at the same time appears angry and ungrateful. When he and Zelda are having their photo’s taken at the fast food place by the photographer the way he is rolling his eyes at her being in al the pictures seems out of place. It was important for his character to be defined and this task was failed, perhaps as a result of poor direction and characterisation.

Choosing Jim as the character of Kay was poor casting. Jim does not have modellesque features or height. Zelda tells Stella on one occasion,

“This boy is a natural born model!”

Hmm which part I wondered? Even the poses at his stint in a photographic studio were awful. They did not say “model” at all. Then we have the fact that Beatrice wants to sell her body to get Kay a modelling contract. That alone should have showed her he is useless as a model! Then to top it all off at the end of the movie Jim gets a multi million naira modelling contract… AS IF!!!

I loved Sana Kanu’s performance. This is the first time I have seen her in any movie, and for a newcomer she was excellent. She poured passion and conviction into her performance. It was a shame that she and Jim did not have any chemistry together. If they had, it could have been magical.
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Feminism
It is as though the film was trying to say that these women became spinsters as a result of feminism, as if a feminist cannot be so and also have a family. Zelda tells Kay,

“Men came and came but I scared them away with my feminist beliefs.”

Which beliefs is she talking about? This whole aspect is not explored in full. Is she a feminist because she had a career? Is it because she likes watching CNN on a nightly basis? Is it because she admires Benazir Bhutto and cared about her death? Why would any of those things mean that you cannot have a husband or children?
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Highlights for me
There were some hilarious moments in the movie. At one point Zelda and Stella get into a physical fight because Stella calls Zelda a pervert. Zelda then says to Stella,

“Why did you hit me? Have you forgotten I have chronic indigestion?” HUH? What has indigestion got to do with it?

There is a scene with Zelda and Kay where he is berating her for behaving and looking like and old woman. He tells her,

“This your wig. I hate it! If you are 80, it makes you look 100. If you love me please get rid of it. It’s causing me so much pain.”

This scene is so funny because you would really think that he is talking about something serious, but no he is talking about her wig!
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Overall I would say that this movie is worth watching. Patience excelled even though not playing the evil mama roles she is known for, and even thought she plays a predatory character there is the underlying vulnerability in the character added complexity. I would have rated it higher if not for the repetitiveness towards the end of the movie. Kay was going back and forth between the two women; Zelda was flashing her cash to get Kay back and Beatrice insisting on selling her body every two seconds for the supposed advancement of Kay’s new career. It was paced steadily and brought up real issues like mortality and loneliness. There was a good, small cast so small chance for any waka passes to come and ruin it.