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Fighting For Nothing

Fighting For Nothing

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Fighting for Nothing ~ 2009
Story, Screenplay & Director – Tchidi Chikere

Starring:
Jim Iyke – Kodili
Kate Henshaw Nuttall – Dinah
Camilla Mberekpe – Carol (Mama Kodili)
Ify Afuba – June (Mama Ernie)
Somadina Adima – Uche
Ed Nnasor – Native Doctor
Kennedy Kalu – Elder John
Emmanuel Ibeh – Elder David
Valentine C Uka – Prophet

Themes:
Poverty
Family Feud
Depression
Guilt
Village Life
Spirits
Revenge
Resentment

My Rating – 71%

Ernie and Kodili are best friends and as close as brothers but their mothers hate each other and because of this show pure disdain for each other’s sons despite the love their son’s have for one another. It all began when Ernie’s mother married his father. Kodili’s mother claimed that Ernie’s mother had snatched her man and married him. She blames Ernie’s mother for her condition in life. She is resentful that she married a poor man and remained in the village in poverty, while Ernie’s mother, due to marrying a wealthy man had the benefit of an educated and well travelled son to shower her with gifts on his visits home. Their sons are grown and decades have passed but the feud between the two women continues and ultimately tears both families apart.

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The drama really starts when Kodili’s girlfriend Dinah approaches Ernie for money to buy a new hairdryer for her salon. The friendship’s close bond is thrown into disarray as a result of this single action. Kodili suspects that Dinah and Ernie are having an affair. Dinah was spotted outside Ernie’s house early one morning, and denies that she was there, only to admit it later on. Both Ernie and Dinah refuse to tell what she was doing there, not wanting to dent his pride, but this only causes the situation to escalate.

Kodili catches Ernie walking hand in hand with Dinah. They had actually met up to discuss telling him the truth about their original meeting. As they are walking they are exchanging praises with regards to Kodili and the love that he has for each of them and them for him in return. Kodili of course only sees them holding hands and flips out. This scene is hilarious. Dinah blurts out, “I went to collect money from him.” Kodili chases her, throwing a spade at her head.

Another very funny scene is the fight that the two mothers have at Ernie’s mother’s gate over Ernie’s mother’s supposed man snatching. Kodili’s mother berates her for her overuse of “grammar.” Camilla does a great job as a meddling mother. She makes up stories and puts ideas in her son’s head to turn him against Ernie. She goes as far as poisoning him to death.

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Guilt

After Ernie’s death things take a turn for the worst. Kodili is wracked with guilt that he is the cause of his former friend’s death. He takes his frustrations out on Dinah telling her that he will not marry her because he wants her to “suffer” in turn she tells him that she is going to leave him to, “go and look for someone who is interested in living.” She is not serious but wants to jolt him back into reality. This does not work and he only ends up taking life seriously again when she fakes a pregnancy.

It is not a happy ending because on finding out that Dinah lied about being pregnant Kodili is heartbroken. It does not matter that she actually does really becomes pregnant either as the trust is broken and even if he did believe she was pregnant he wouldn’t necessarily believe the baby was his anyway.

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I would recommend this movie. It was a nice simple setting village movie with a great cast and a good solid story that leaves us with lessons to be learnt. These are; never cry wolf because in your real time of need you may not be believed. The truth is always best because lies just escalate and get you into trouble and last but not least to not carry around emotional baggage for years on end because it will only consume you and leave you bitter and twisted.

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Obscure Motives

Obscure Motives

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

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

Themes:
Jealousy
Revenge

My Rating: 76%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Last Victory

Last Victory

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Last Victory ~ 2008
Story – Macdavies Odikah & Micheal Martins Odikah
Screenplay – Pascal Amanfo
Director – Iyke Odife

Starring:
Ebube Nwagbo – Demola
Tony Umez – Lanre
Jackie Appiah (Agyeman) – Paris
Kofi Adjorlolo – Enyinnaya
George Williams – Bankole
Grace Nortey – Wunmi
Vivien Achor – Paris
Emmanuel Armah – Kelvin
Samuel Mensah – Dike
Gifty Temang – Brenda
Nneka Chris – Jessica
Roselyn Ngissah – Claribel
Louis Saa-Acquahman – Cornel
Ziggy Nartteyson – Rabia
Omar de 1st – Doctor
Raaba Mensah – Chioma
Eva Asare – Maid
Henry Adu Amoyaw – John
Williams Opare – LPO

Themes:
Murder
Revenge
Jealousy
Justice

My Rating: 60%

Kelvin and Bankole were business partners but a fall out over money resulted in Bankole going to Kelvin’s home in the middle of the night and gunning down him, his wife, daughter and house help down in front of their home in cold blood. The bodies are found not long after the shooting by Kelvin’s brother Enyinnaya and his wife.

All is not lost and it is discovered that Kelvin’s 8 year old daughter Jessica is still alive. After hospital treatment she makes a full physical recovery, although haunted by the turn of events that night. It is suggested that a change of scene will do her good and so she is shipped off to an uncle in America where she remains until returning back for a visit 22 years later, however she has come back for a reason other than to see family.

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I started watching this movie on about 5 different occasions and actually turned it off every time. Why? The beginning is confusing. We see Kelvin and Bankole discussing business matters, but exactly what the issue is that made one go and assassinate the other’s whole family I couldn’t really get a grasp of. We then cut to a scene with Kelvin’s brother and this too was a bit confusing, in fact I even thought that the movie was a continuation of something else. In fact it may well be!

After rewinding a few times I finally “got it” and I am glad that I took the times to persevere through the first few scenes because the movie was worth watching despite the few flaws.

Enyinnaya played by Kofi was excellent in his role as the grieving brother, as was the actress that played his wife in the movie. After his brother dies we see a scene where he and his wife consoling each other. This scene is very touching and believable from the tears welling up in the eyes to the subtle built up to understated sobs. These two had great chemistry together and flowed naturally.
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One thing that got me confused was why the film was supposedly set in Ghana (They kept mentioning Accra and Kumasi) but the characters names were either English or Nigerian. Why didn’t they just set it in Nigeria since everybody seemed to be Nigerian anway? When the police come to Enyinnaya’s house to investigate his brother’s murder, he is asked about his brother’s business partners. He mentions some in Dubai which prompts the officer to ask,

“No Nigerian partners?”

Why would the police ask about Nigeria partners? What would the relevance be? Or is this just an error?
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One thing that I saw as a major flaw in he  film was where the policeman investigating the murder case comes and wants to talk to Jessica (which they were first of all calling Princess, in fact I thought that was her name until she came back as an adult) about her parents murders. The one who is the policeman is now calling himself a “psychologist.” Is this how multitasking happens in Naija? His form of therapy is to tell Princess to close her eyes, that he has a surprise for her, only to then pull a gun on her and tell her to open them. Which kin of NONSENSE be this? The policeman/ psychologist then analyses the situation,

“For a normal child this could be a piece of metal.”

Er Noooooooo it would be a freaking gun for a “normal” child even if they hadn’t come face to face with one like Jessica had. Most kids would know that it was a gun that is capable of killing. He continues with his useless nonsense psychological analysis,

“Suddenly it’s an object of fright.”

WHY THE HELL WOULDN’T IT BE??? GUNS KILL!!!

And there is even more nonsense,

“Except that child has been through a terrifying experience, like seeing her mummy and daddy lying dead before her.”

Hold up! So that would be mean a gun is an object of fright, unless you parents have been gunned down? Which would mean she would be happy to see a gun, but she wasn’t she jumped and was scared. In any case gunned down parents or not… a gun is an object for fright for anyone. Hmmm… These are meant to be profound words of wisdom from a PSYCHOLOGIST. It does not even make sense. Whoever wrote that crap needs to pay attention to detail and make sure their sentences tie up with one another and MAKE SENSE.

The PSYCHOLOGIST then gives his advice,

“This child needs special care maybe a change of environment would help.”

DUUHHH… Talk about stating the obvious! Who needs a psychologist to tell them a kid that just saw her parents gunned down in front of her needs special care? This whole scene was extremely insulting to the viewer and poorly thought out.
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What is a toddler? I thought a toddler is between 12 months and 3 years at a push. After all isn’t a toddler called so because they are toddling (learning to walk) An 8 year old child is waaaay past toddler age. Throughout the movie the young pre-America Jessica of 8 years old is referred to as a toddler. People should learn the meanings of words before they start using them anyhow.

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Once you got into it the movie it was enjoyable. For that reason alone I would recommend it, however something funny was going on with the names, where the names in the credits weren’t necessarily the names in the film and the fact that Jessica/ Princess was referred to as a toddler. I have a feeling that perhaps the movie was filmed at different times, hence these discrepancies. The first part was somewhat predictable in that I knew the reason for putting Jessica and Tony together, however there was a nice twist at the end that I didn’t see coming that tied up all the other subplots in the movie.

Heart Of Bitterness

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Heart Of Bitterness

Directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka

 

 

Starring:

Emeka Enyiocha  

Ngozi Ezeonu  

Mike Ezuruonye  

Uche Iwuji  

Rich Oganiru

 

Themes Explored

Revenge

Greed

Inheritance

 

My Rating 45%

 

First thing I noticed was Uche Iwuji with a 20 inch shabby blonde wig that exposed her black edges underneath. This chick has got to be one of the shabbiest messes in Nollywood… Eiwoooo!

 

This film is about a family torn apart by sheer greed. Thompson has bitterness in his heart after finding out that his mother had her subsequent children with men other than his father, and as such despises his mother, brother and sister.

 

His main aim is to kill off his grandfather and acquire his wealth. He employs the help of a “fake nurse” to do this. When his grandfather dies, he as the oldest son assumes his wealth and coldheartedly banishes the whole family to poverty. From here there was a whole plot twist that I won’t go into. More than being intriguing or exciting it was downright confusing.

 

I would say that the film is watchable if you have already bought a copy, but if not I would advice you not to bother. The actress that played the secretary that both brothers were after was so excruciatingly wooden.

 

 

 

Black Bra

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Black Bra

Story – Nwafor Anayo

Screenplay – Chuks Obiorah

Director – Andy Amenechi

 

Starring:

Nonso Diobi – Frank

Adaora Ukoh – Leader Laura

Uche Jombo – Nelly

Oge Okoye – Irene

Sabina Mole – Edwina

Portia Nwachukwu – Francisca

Onny Michael – Caleb

Oscar Rodondo – Nonso

Linc Edochie – Phillip

 

Themes Eplored

Patriarchy

Feminism

Rape

Cultism

Retribution

Gender roles

 

MY RATING – 80%

 

The opening scene of the film is with the leader of a group- the Sisterhood of the black bra – initiating some new recruits. The premise is that the group exists to “fight chauvinism.”  The new recruits are given a beatdown, the reasoning behind it that they  will become fearless and will “never fear being beat by a man..” the whole situation is reminiscent of being online in a black Greek Letter Organisation, the pledging/rushing process that takes place across colleges in the USA.

 

In the next scene we see one of the black Bra sisters (named after the undergarments that they clothe their breasts in) visiting a guy’s house. He persuades her to come and have a look at his place. That is her intention but when she wants to leave he wants her to stay longer. She gives her excuse to leave, “I don’t normall yvisit guy’s houses.” His response is laughable, “But you know I love you…We have known each other for a good two weeks.”

 

WHOA!!! Love in two weeks… NONSENSE! ROBBISH! This guy is ridiculous! So many times I watch these films and it is always some booolsheeet the guy is talking about. Walking in a supermarket, meeting a woman and falling in love in ten seconds, and then professing that they know the persons character and want to spend their life with them… Like I said before and I’ll say it again… NONSENSE! I have to substitute the word love for fancy in my head because some of these scenarios are just too stupid and the love word is thrown around far too casually.

 

So back to the film… This guy who claims he has fallen in love with the Black Bra sister in all of two weeks leans in for a kiss, causing the girl in question to jump up,

 

“What is the meaning of all this?”

 

This same guy who was claiming love is now ready to rape his “love” It appears premeditated and he even has a knife to make sure there is no struggle. She does however struggle and is overpowered. After the rape he tells his friend about what had just occurred, to which his friend remarks,

 

“How could you. I thought you really loved her.”

 

The rapist is unrepentant, seeing her body as his right and says,

 

“My love for her does not mean I shouldn’t make love to her. Stuff like this happens everyday in school.”

 

He has no remorse for his actions. In fact the commonality of rape in his eyes makes it ok, even know that he knows it is a shameful thing for her to have to deal with, adding in his conversation,

 

“The shame of it all will not allow her tell anybody.”

 

This is where the power of the Black Bra sisterhood comes in. when they hear about what has happened to a fellow member payback is eminent. They roll up on campus with 3 girls a car and some guns. They find the rapist, take him to a dirt track road and point their guns,

 

“Pull your clothes off!”

 

This is payback and he gets a taste of how Nelly, the girl that he raped was made to feel. He feels the shame when they take him to the middle of the crowded campus and let him out of the car wearing only his underwear. As he is thrown out of the car the crowd jeer and mock. He spends time afterwards depressed and crying to his friend about the situation,

 

“You can’t imagine the humiliation and shame!”

 

I liked this film’s portrayal of rape better than any other Nollywood film I’ve watched in the sense that although this guy believed he was entitled to the girl’s body when he was explicitly told no by her, after he is attacked by the sisterhood, we see him receiving a fraction of the shame that she must have felt. It will make guys who think like him perhaps think more about their actions and the effect that rape can have on the victim.

 

In the meantime Frank is busy toasting Irene. He relentlessly pursues her with gifts, love letters, declarations of love, meals and taxis to school. It is when he remembers her birthday when it seems that nobody else does that she eventually falls for his charms. The sisters get him beaten up but still Irene wants to be with him so they decide to keep an eye on him to make sure he does not treat her badly in any way, instead of trying to put her off him.

 

Sex is used as a tool to conquer…

 

Frank spends all his time and money to get Irene to fall in love with him so he can basically sleep with her. When he does this he is ready to dash her aside and move on. We see his friend ask him, “What’s next?” to this he replies,

 

“Catch a new girl of course.”

 

After they sleep together Irene is even more affectionate and gooey eyed around Frank, whereas he is cold and aloof. It appears that her sisters have been proved right about him.

 

While Frank is determined to “catch new babes” Irene is becoming overly possessive. She controls what clothes he wears and what time he returns to his room on campus. There is a complete gender role reversal. We see Irene behaving in the way that Frank was at the beginning of their courtship. Frank tries his utmost to get new girls but everyone knows that Irene is his girl and the reputation of the Sisterhood of the black bra so they evade him like the plague.

 

Finally after numerous indiscretions Irene dumps Frank but warns him that if he will not be with her he will never have another girl on that campus. Frank is over the moon at this news and excited about his newfound freedom, leaving Irene distraught and wondering where she went wrong.

 

The film ends with both Frank and Irene dead. Irene is shot by some thugs that Frank hired, on realising that he could not get any other girl as long as she was still around and Frank is shot by members of the black Bra to avenge Irene’s death.

 

I felt the ending let down what was an otherwise good, solid film. It was over the top and as if the makers didn’t know where to go with the ending and just thought of killing off the characters Romeo and Juliet style but without really exploring what they were doing and why.

 

The film teaches us that women need to get to know who you sleep with before giving your all as the man could just be out to bash and dash you. It also teaches men some valuable lessons about the humiliations of rape.

 

Crazy Landlord

Crazy Landlord

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CRAZY LANDLORD

 

Starring:

Patience Ozokwor – Juliana

Zulu Adigwe – Okeke

Patrick Okoye – Nzeako

Uzochukwu Ndubuizo – Uche Jnr

Jeffrey Moses – Uche Snr

Obi Dike – Amaeche

Uche Nwezi – Uju

Chinedu Anyaegbunam – Okoye

Sam Udeze – Linus

 

Themes explored:

Karma

Revenge

Mercy

Justice

 

My Rating: 86%

 

“Don’t you know when my husband your father dies I will become the landlord?”

 

“By the Special Grace of God my husband will soon die.”

 

*Juliana to her children with regards to their father*

 

Okeke owns many properties in the village and he and his family use their positions of authority to exert terror, stealing people’s food and raising rent as and when they feel like.

 

They are callous to the core and find their callousness amusing (which of course it actually is for the viewer.) In one scenario property tax people from the local government come to collect taxes and Juliana tries to throw them of her track by directing them to the house of a woman she doesn’t like, so that she can feel their wrath instead of her.

 

In another situation there is a man in the village who has recently had a stroke. He drops dead after being thrown out by the landlord over a pot of jollof rice that he refused to give the landlord as it was the only food his family had to eat. On his death the landlord goes to the family and refuses to let them bury him until they pay of his “debts” which are of course imaginary.

 

 

*************SPOILERS AHEAD*************

 

After all the misery that they have caused the film fast forwards 8 YEARS ahead to show us their current day situation.

 

Uche the landlord’s son is even more arrogant, unbearable and reckless than his parents were. He boasts to his friends about being the landlord’s son as if that makes him royalty and spends money like water.

 

We see Uche sell one of his father’s houses without telling his parents. We also see the owner come to the house where his parents are living and claim the house. On finding out that Uche has stolen documents to steal the house she is inconsolable,

 

“So I am no longer going to be the landlady.”

 

This scene is very comical in that you would expect her to be upset that she has no place to live and that her son is a thief, but instead she is more concerned with the fact that her husband did not die soon enough for her to be awarded the title of landlady.

 

Now that Juliana and Okeke have a landlord they beg him for some leeway with the rent. He lectures them,

 

“It is good to have a giving heart,” and cancels the debt as well as giving them 5000 Naira.

 

CHANCE WOULD BE A FINE THING!!!

 

It turns out that this scene is a dream; perhaps this dream is symbolic, representing and ideal world where in reality this would be the case. Alas! It is not. The reality is not even bad, it is worse than worst! The new landlord turns out to be the son of the man who died of a stroke after a battle over a pot of jollof rice. EIWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOO! Revenge is sweet! As can be expected, he reveals himself and has NO sympathy. On realising what could be their possible fate they both faint. It is up to the viewer to decide what their fate could possibly be.

 

I’d definitely recommend this film. It is concise and in one part, which is definitely a plus when nowadays you have films dragging on into a million parts. There are no long draggy scenes that characterise many Nollywood movies. The lesson to be learnt is that situations are changeable, what lays in ones past may not necessarily dictate their future and that one should treat others as they would in turn expect to be treated because if you don’t karma is a BIZATCH!!!