Blood On Fire African Movie Review
Year of Release: 2011
Story – Onyeka Okpeze
Screenplay- Vincent D Anointed
Director – Chika Onu
Producer – Onyeka Okpeze
Patience Ozokwor – Odibeze
John Okafor – Akamas
Uche Ebere – Chioma
Dede one Day – Okezie
Junior Pope – Ebuka
Zubby Michael – Ikenna
Ofili Ugbo – Akunne
Queen Wokoma – Felicia
Sickle Cell Anaemia
NollywoodForever.Com Rating – 17%
Akamas played by John Okafor is wooing Felicia played by Queen Wokoma. She appears to be the perfect woman and Akamas is even the envy of his good friend Ebuka played by Junior Pope. Seeing their relationships makes junior want his own perfect woman. He wants to get married. However felicia isn’t the angel she appears to be and that soon becomes apparent when John loses his money in a bad deal and her attitude towards him changes completely. Ikenna played by Zubby Michael has just found out that he suffers from sickle cell anaemia and blames his parents for “bringing me into this world to suffer.” He becomes rebellious and violent towards his parents making their life a living hell.
Uche and her husband are both of the AS blood group. The doctor asks them,
“Ah why did you both get married?”
I can never imagine a doctor even having the guts to ask a couple that in lets say the UK. It would be unheard of. After all what is the point? They are married and their son is a grown adult. Nigerians can be so judgemental. I guess that is the difference in cultures. Marriage in African societies is seen in many more cases as a business deal and it is seen as selfish to marry someone you love if that love can bring about problems such as warring families or a child with sickle cell as in the movie.
Sickle Cell Anaemia
Zubby asks his uncle,
“How comes I have Sickle Cell? How comes they got married knowing the implications?”
He goes on to say,
“So they are the cause of my predicament. What sort of stupid love was that? They will suffer. They will feel the pain and failure”
What child would say that about their parents? The dialogue is not realistic at all. I can’t imagine someone getting sickle cell and suddenly behaving this way. It is completely inhumane. The movie feels like a public health announcement to scare people into not getting into relationships where their child could get sickle cell. Its smells of propoganda and it stinks. The dialogue is soooo fake to me and the way the message is attempting to be delivered over the top.
Dude takes a whip to whip his parents talking about,
“So you brought me into this world to suffer. How could you. How could you get married?”
He then proceeds to start whipping his parents. Breathe in breathe out. I don’t know hoe much more of this movie I can watch. Human emotions aren’t so black and white and the writers did a really bad job in injecting realism into this movie. Let me ask my readers this question. If you found out you were sickle cell tomorrow and tour parents were both carriers that married can you imagine suddenly hating them just like that and dedicating your own to making theirs a misery? Stupidity I tell ya!
When the son ends up in hospital again he refuses to talk to his parents deeming them the cause of all his problems. If you are born short sighted and need glasses will you beat and disown your parents because they both wear glasses and should have known better. This movie was written by an imbecile for real. Do people that write shit like this actually THINK before writing?
Performances By the Cast
Zubby Michael is so annoying. He talks in this dreadful high pitch forced voice. And his acting is over the top and unrealistic. Ewwww and the girl playing Felicia is terribly miscast. She is supposed to be a sexy temptress but she got a big exposed stomach, jeans riding low exposing love handles and but crack. Horrible! Enough already. She wasn’t a bad actress but this isn’t the movie you want to be “introduced” in I tell ya. Uche Ebere, Junior Pope and John Okafor did a decent job but it wasn’t enough to make the movie bearable.
The sound is bad. Have your remote control firmly in your hand throughout. In some scenes volume is high and in others speech can barely be heard.
I would not recommend this movie. The sound is bad. The story is stupid and simplistic. The two storylines are dull and do not tie in well. I couldn’t even begin to tell you what one storyline has to do with the other. Zubby Michael is a bad actor and annoying. Do yourself a favour and eat a tub of ice cream instead. I watched part 1 and then decided to save myself the aggravation. Please save yours too. Don’t say you were not warned. You have been warned. From the opening scene alone I should have known that this movie was the pits. It opened with a man and woman canoodling in a restaurant. And just dragged on not telling very much of the story. Save your time your eyes and money. Thumbs down.