Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Reloaded: Naija Movie

Games Men Play RELOADED Part 1 and 2
Written by: Emem Isong
Produced by Emem Isong and Desmond Elliot

Guest Critic: ShonaVixen
Please give a round of applause to our guest critic Shona; she and Funms have done a fantastic job writing a review for the movie- with very little contribution from me. I, Tigeress on the other hand have done an audio post critiquing the story line, costume, acting and the relationships. If you have not watched the movie and do not want to know what happens in the movie- then shut down your browser now. Other than that………..ENJOY!!!! Read, listen and let us have your say and do not forget to rate it.

For those of you that have watched Games men play, this movie is somewhat a continuation of it. Featuring Stars like Ramsey Nouah, Desmond Elliot, Rita Dominic, Van Vicker, Monalisa Chinda, Ini Edo, Nse Ikpe, Stephanie Okereke amongst others
It centers around four different couples at different stages of a relationship and marriage

Couple 1: Omoze and Femi (Nse Ikpe Etim and Ramsey Nouah)
Femi is a pathological cheater, seems he can not control himself and his wife Omoze, a no-nonsense wifey, knows this and always does everything to either catch him red handed or prevent him. On many occasions, she followed him discretely, confronted the mistresses and even caused a scene. In one scene, after she corners him red-handed in a somewhat compromising situation, he deflects the issue from his own waywardness and berates her for carrying on publicly in an undignified manner. He does make a point. No person - male or female - is worth losing it in public for. Even though I applaud her courage in taking matters to her hands in letting these women know she is the wife, I don’t ever see myself acting in such a manner publicly…. There’s no point in losing my dignity over a man. This couple do end up divorced.

Couple 2: Tayo and Osita (Ini Edo & Desmond Elliot)
This was the saddest story of the lot to me. Osita subjects his wife to emotional abuse………. No man and I repeat NO MAN has the right to berate a woman, take away her self esteem and treat her with no respect. Osita is a pathetic human being who makes his inferiority complex so obvious by belittling his wife, Tayo. He abuses her physically, mentally, emotionally and she in turn hangs in the marriage for the sake of Love or being married. Tayo comes up with a master plan to set up Osita. For a man who feels his wife is a nonentity, watch and see who ends up looking like a punk.

Couple 3: Weyinmi and Bube (Stephanie Okereke &Van Vicker)
Weyinmi has been dating Bube for almost 7 years, has had 6 abortions for him (do the maths and you realize that it's like she's been getting pregnant almost every year since they've been together), and yet he refuses to put a ring on her finger. Personally, I see her as a shame to womanhood as she has allowed an unemployed fool who obviously has nothing to offer, treat her with such disdain. Annoyingly, it’s this same Bube we see in a scene with his friends, defining WIFE in the most derogatory and blatantly subservient terms possible i.e. Washing. Ironing. F**ing & Etc. It’s like WTH???

After her sixth abortion Weyinmi find wedding invitation with Bube as the groom, and yup she’s not the bride. Weyinmi represents the women who are willing to do anything to keep their man, even though she wasn’t willing to have the abortions BUT because Bube had said it was the right thing to do she went ahead and did it. There is a thing such as a thin line between Love and Foolishness and Weyinmi jumped over to the foolish side and kept running. It took Bube marrying another woman for her to put her breaks on. To find out what she did……….watch the movie!!!

Couple 4: Chelsea and Edwin (Rita Dominic and ……)
A definition of a perfect couple. Wait! what exactly makes a perfect couple? Edwin seems to treat Chelsea with such love and respect that every woman craves, attends to her every need, breakfast in bed, the romance and the affection. His only flaw? Watch it and find out!
Note audio correction: Not all that glitters is gold....

The movie takes us on their journey, and as a woman, I must say I really enjoyed it as it seems to be telling the story from our point of view. It shows the various relationships problems most of us find ourselves in daily, some extremely stupid, others, unfortunate. It reiterates what the society frowns at and shows us the various ways in which they handled the situation.
I was impressed as it touched on various subjects most Nigerian movies have frowned e.g: Divorce and sexuality. We see how hell hath no fury like a woman scorned as Weyinmi depicted on Bube’s wedding day. It shows us that cheating should never be excused, thanks to Omoze’s crazy and sometimes extreme actions. Chelsea shows us that all that glitters is not gold and Tayo portrays to the viewers how women should never put up with a spouse’s verbal and physical abuse.

The soundtrack was really catchy and not the typical boring sound effects and at no point did I see any reference to Jazz: African magic which is a plus for me.

All in all, it’s an excellent move that addresses important relationship issues, even those with catastrophic endings.

The sad bit about Reloaded is that there is NO happy couple at all. Looking at it there’s the cheating husband, the abusive husband, the boyfriend who marries some-one else and the bi-sexual boyfriend!! And even if the movie had a female narrator this movie made it seem like women were never at fault and they are the ones who are done harm to all the time. Does this represent the real deal then?? I ShonaVixen certainly don’t think so.

It is an upgrade from the Nollywood movies that are shown on AIT/Nigeria movies as the soundtracks, make-up, and fashion are all on point. There is one scene that didn’t get deleted that I so wish it was- the Rita Dominic in the toilet scene….why oh why???

So all in all I’d give the movie 3stars


Writefreak said...

Nice review ladies...Shona sure echoed my thoughts regarding the movie!

BSNC said...

You guyz did a good job on the review.. I feel you tigeress that kidnapping scence was uncalled . Femi is just a PLAYA..

i feel you fumns they did a good job with the soundtrack..

Sassy Trends said...

Actually watched this movie and loved it.
Nice reveiew too by our guest


chayoma said...

I loved this movie...
Nse Ikpe Etim was awesome! love the scene where Femi smuggles the chick out whilst Omoze is upstairs looking for the heifer! lol
Definitely an upgrade, great cast.


ScoopsNija said...

Loved the movie but I keep mixing it up with Games Men Play which to me is not very good for 'recall', one of the important ingredients a good script should have. But again this is a far cry from the usual nonsense that we churn out in Nollywood so kudos to the team.

Naughty Eyes said...

Haven't watched the movie since I'm unashamedly boycotting Nollywood at the moment, most especially after watching a few rubbish movies back to back. Maybe this review will help me change my mind.
Nice review though, and the guest reviewer thing has a killer touch.
I'll be creating a special blogroll on MN just for you guys.
Keep it up!

Toni Tones said...

lol....loved the review...x

Anonymous said...

i dont really do nollywood...but i had heard so much about this movie and thanks to Youtube i was able to watch was an okay movie jare. Nse Ikpe Etim is a great actress and i loved her scenes. The story made sense but i dont see why they had a rita Dominic was overly dramatic.

*Diane* said...

nice review, still haven't seen this movie, but i'm going to watch them this weekend.

Nollywood Forever said...

Nice review... I'm surprised u didn't give it 4 or 5 stars...

Michael St. James said...

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