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.

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  1. Sgorgeous says:

    Nolly, I need not go further. Her best friend turned on her because she figured who are you to think I am worth only 50, 000 naira.

    I know we were watching the same movie. I would have left his behind right there in the hospital. I don't know what his wife was thinking…

    I think she felt guilty because of the maltreatment the mother often showed to him.

  2. nollywoodforever says:

    The best friend was not entitled to any money she was lucky she got even that… she should have been even gratfeul. It wasn't an insulting amout like 100 naira! LOL… why are Nigerian girls in the films always such bitches to one another… Jeez…

    As for her sobbing over his hospital bed I could not stop laughing…This was sheer madness… He left because one stupid screaming girl with contact lenses persuaded him too… I dont think the mother had much to do with it at all.

  3. Sgorgeous says:

    I don't understand the wife was too stupid… Which pretend kid are u crying for…I told U I would have left him right there…

  4. Beatrice Onyeleuno says:

    I sincerely think that you have not been giving attention to films by Ugezu J. Ugezu.

    I don't know if you have any problems with him but UGEZU J. UGEZU is presently the best filmamker we have in Nollywood, little wonder why almost all the good highly entertaining films I have watched were made by him.

    Watch him act and you would see a complete departure from the banal actors we have around

    • Nolly says:

      Beatrice are you feeling ok? I respect UJU and I loved Millenium Woman and Strength to Strength but all of this regurgitated royal crap I just aint feeling and if you see me review one most likely you are most likely not going to like what I have to say so be grateful I have not been giving attention. As for seeing him act. I am not aware of what he looks like to wacth out for him.

      Anyway I did watch Evil Intentions which he did recently that I liked, my only prob with it was the royal angle. My advice to him on that front is just LET IT GO.

  5. Anyi says:

    I totally disagree with this review regarding the up & coming actress Susan Ekwe. I thought her performance was brilliant and I have watched that movie 4 times. I agree that in some instances the pitch was a little high like when Juliet comfronted her in the house bought by Desmond but one incident doesn't make a whole film. I actually recommended the film to many friends here in the States. Further, I think good up & coming stars like Ms Ekwe and others should be getting more roles so they can continue to improve. They have the zeal to work without the unwarranted HUGE ego that some of the so-called stars have.

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