Keep My Love

Keep My Love

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Keep My Love ~ 2008
Story – Uchenna Mbunabo
Screenplay – Ubong Bassey
Director – Ikechukwu Onyeka

Starring:
Jackie Appiah – Mirabel
Chidi Mokeme – Murphy
Yvonne Nelson – Carinn
Patience Oseni – Amaka
Florence Sunday – Agatha
Austin Okudiri – Dray
Stanley E Ozoemenam – Kizito
Valentino Agwulonu – Brown
Judith Samuel – Winnie
Uche Chibuzor – Susan

Themes Explored:
Armed Robbery in Nigeria
Materialism in Nigeria
Greed in Nigeria
Rape in Nigeria

My Rating – 79%

The film opens with a couple being attacked inside their home by armed robbers. Even when the man is at risk of being killed and has a gun to his head he still refuses to tell the robbers where the money is. Is money more important than your family’s life? Even when he hears one of the robbers telling another that the informant has given reliable information that there is 200,000 in the house the man is still resistant. Of course in the end the robbers get their hands on the loot and the man gets to keep his life.

In the aftermath of the robbery we see the robbers discussing what had transpired with one of the gang members busy raping a girl in the house when the others were trying to leave. We see opposing views on rape and sex. One school of thought believes the enjoyment in sex is the mutual enjoyment of the act, to please the girl and make her happy. On the other hand the rapist enjoys sex when he is conquering the girl. When questioned he said that the fear in the eyes turned him on more. Na wa o!

Elsewhere we are introduced to Carrine, played by Yvonne Nelson. She appears to be an ashewo. We see her getting out of a man’s car and cursing him out because he pays her 2000 Naira instead of 10000. Yvonne plays the role of the loud mouth street girl to a T. I am liking this character for her. It is a more complex one than the usual Princess Tyra/snobbish campus girl that I’ve seen her play. She slaps the guy for not paying her and then proceeds to argue with him in the street while her friend has been briefed beforehand to snatch his wallet. We then see her fight with the girl who snatched the wallet for withholding money.

The girl she is squatting with at university then throws her out of the room and she is forced to return home. This bit was a bit confusing because it seemed like Carinne had been on campus for a while pretending to her parents that she was a student, but then when she returns home her mother seems to be worried about not knowing where she was for only that weekend.

The next character we meet is Jackie Appiah’s. After watching her wooden and sub par performance in My Last Wedding I wasn’t too much looking forward to seeing her again so soon. Surprisingly she wasn’t bad. We meet Chika (or so she says her name is) when the armed robber gang lead by chief robber Murphy are about to carry out a robbery on a bus to Onitsha. Their informant has tipped them off that this heist is worth 4.5 million. When the time comes for the attack to be carried out Murphy is busy chatting to a girl he has met on the bus and the gang are PISSED, in fact more than pissed! As he is the leader the plan can not come to fruition without his say so. As he is toasting the girl he obviously does not want her to know he is an armed robber and so the journey is completed without the robbery taking place.

After a lengthy chasing period Murphy and the girl from the bus start a romantic relationship and it is beginning to affect Murphy’s relationship within the gang. They are beginning to feel his relationship with her is taking priority over “business” and on the other side of the coin he is having to tell her endless lies to cover up the true nature of his “job.”

*************SPOILERS*************

The story comes together and we find out the wayward Carrine is the sister to Murphy’s girlfriend. And she will feature in their relationship in a way that could never be imagined. The movie is a somewhat serious one splashed with high comedy moments (all involving Yvonne Nelson):

The scene where Carrine curses the man out on the street for not paying her is hilarious. She shouts him “You stupid boy… cheap boy” While walking around him glaring disapprovingly all the while knowing that her friend has just swiped his wallet.

There is a scene where Carrine is being intimate with a married man on the sofa in his house wearing his wife’s wrapper and the wife walks in. The wife chases her around the sofa screaming, “Show me what to do.” This is hilarious

Another scene is where the same married man turns up at her mother’s home and confronts her over stealing his card. She does not even deny it but then even goes on to tell the man that he must get his wife to write her a written letter of apology for embarrassing her at the house. All in front of her mother! She is shameless!

The plot is engaging and well paced. Every step of the way you wonder whether or not the girl from the bus will discover Murphy’s omissions about his life. There is also the question of whether or not Murphy’s gang will turn on him and whether or not Murphy will ever be able to get out of the criminal life he is accustomed to living. The film ends and you know there is a continuation, as much as I hate this 4-8 film part craze I will definitely be watching the rest.

My one annoyance about this film was the fact that the blurb on the back ruins the film watching experience because it gives the whole plot away (which is why I read the back cover after watching the film!) Of course this is a problem not exclusive to just this film, however this one went one step further and gave away the plot for the continuation because what I reading on the back of Part 2 had not even happened! Oh and another one, (so excuse me; two annoyances) when the credits rolled the first letter on each name was cut off. What is that about? Nevertheless it was a solidly good film and I would recommend it.

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  1. Sgorgeous says:

    Ha! NF- I have watched this one. I like Jackie Appiah… how can she not know he is an armed robber? His friends look like armed robbers or yahoo yahoo boys…

    I used to like Chidi Mokeme so much until he started arching his eyebrows like a woman- since then I cannot take him seriously anymore.

    He had robbed her parents house when he told her he was going on a business trip…

    What you failed to mention is that he was trying to get out before then but his friends were threatening him.

    And u forgot to mention he ends up sleeping with her sister and she ends up blackmailing him.

    PS- NF you cannot be more swamped with Naija movies than me. I really think we need to start a support group. (LOL)

  2. nollywoodforever says:

    I have always thought Jackie Appiah was ok but after watching that My Last Wedding I really feel put off…Do you remember when she saw the armed robber pictures and he said that it was a fancy dress party at univeristy… hahahaha! I mean he really did try even getting the boss of that company to come and lie to her etc etc.

    I didn't forget those parts but since those were the big twists at the end I didnt want to say!

    With the sister bit that didn't happen on mine… Mine ended at the part where he realises that Carrine is Mirabels sister after she tells him the number of the house. I didn't see any black mailing… and I watched parts one and two!!!

  3. Sgorgeous says:

    That is very bizarre….Yeah, in mine he threatens the man at the GM office and then pays him money.

    In reference, to the sister don't forget she was a big hornball. She loved other people's property (OPP).

    Don't forget when the guy was raping her she was actually enjoying it.( Which in itself is bizarre)

    When she saw Chidi and he rejected her. She grabbed his face mask.

    So when she saw him in the sister's house she automatically recognized him as being the armed robber. That is why he kept walking around with glasses and a baseball cap hoping that she would not recognize him.

    She was threatening to go to the sister and tell her unless she paid him a sum of million naira. He gave it to her hoping that would throw her off, but she did not want the money she said she wanted to sleep with him and she should marry him not the sister.

    Mine ended I think with the sister dying after being shot and Chidi being shot after his friends came to kill them after finding out that the sister can recognize him.

    How is it that you don't have that on yours? That is so weird, NF?

  4. nollywoodforever says:

    Hmm this is very strange thats why when i saw the bit n the back I was baffled… How many discs did u have in each part? I had a 2 in one disc for each one, but rom what you have said its like I only watched one part.

  5. Sgorgeous says:

    NF- I had 1 disc that contained part 1 and part 2 in all. NF- from all indications it appears that you have gotten robbed!! Serious 419 (LOL)

    I think you have to go back to where you purchased it from and inquire with them.

    My DVD is in a plastic case. How about yours?

  6. nollywoodforever says:

    I feel super conned. 419 has attcked me agaon! Na wa o! Mine was the regular carboard vcd case with the plastic inside. I can't go back cos I got it in one market in ghana and I am not even in the country!

  7. nollywoodforever says:

    I got it on VCD apparently there is a part 3!

  8. Sgorgeous says:

    (Seriously laughing) NF- you are so funny…..
    I bought mine in New York directly from the marketers in the Bronx. It takes me a good 30 min. drive to get there. I told you my obsession has no bounds!

    Na wow- yeah… I feel sorry for you. Mine is not a VCD but in NTSC format.

  9. nollywoodforever says:

    Hmm this addiction is serious… Even though I have many I havent watched old and new when I walk past the market stall I can't help but to look and all I need is the right words and I'm buying again…

  10. Fashingaa says:

    Hmmm… sounds interesting. i'll definitely love to see it especially since you recommend it.

    The part where the wife chases yvonne nelson saying 'show me what to do' sounds so hilarious. i havent even watched it yet i was cracking up just by reading that line.

    My dear, i dont even bother reading the storyline at the back of Nigerian movies. They've got the idea all wrong. instead of making you want to watch the film, like you said, they just ruin the experience. im soo loving this blog..im gonna add u to my blogroll. Later babes :-)

  11. Sgorgeous says:

    NF- you did not address Chidi. Did you not see his arched eyebrows… remember his earlier movies, nice thick eyebrows.

    Now- I cannot get over it…. Has he turned into a metrosexual? I don't know… but I really abhor men who arch their eyebrows.

  12. nollywoodforever says:

    @ fashinga there were some definite hilarious moments… Its worth watching! with the back covers they either tell you exactly what happens at the end or get the summary completely wrong… you are a loser either way!

    @SG I have never understood why people actually are physically attracted to CM. GQ my foot… all that eyebrow plucking stuff is straight nonsense… Metrosexual which part? Metrosexual is getting your hair cut every week, wearing perfume and ironing clothes… this eybrow plucking thing is seriously something else… it seems kinda gay to me… However if he has a thyroid problem that has caused this then I sincerely apologise.

  13. Sgorgeous says:

    NF- did he tell u he had a thyroid problem? If he does I truly apologize but I don't know how his thyroid affects his plucking???

    Metrosexual- because it is not only his eyebrows it is also his nails that are manicured or have you never noticed?

    I was going to go where you went but I decided to leave that part a-lone!! (smiling- with my gap teeth)

    (LOL), you see that is why I love my Nonso. I will leave you with Van as was previously stipulated in our agreement.

  14. nollywoodforever says:

    You know he did not tell me anything about Thyroid, but I know it can affect your eyebrows. For instance the doctor told me about this when I went because my eyebrows have not grown for two years and I don't pluck anymore and they used to be super bushy, now they just look arched. It normally affects the outer third of the eyebrow and that is how his looks… howver lets face it he is probably plucking.

    I beg leave this Nonso business we already agreed two each and I took Nonso from you.

  15. Sgorgeous says:

    Abeg…Abeg… this your memory relapse, prolapse… I don't know …

    Which kind yeye agreement? I had no such agreement of relinquishing, abdicating, relentlessly pursuing my Nonso.

    Vicker was yours … I told u I don't date short men.

  16. Sgorgeous says:

    On a different note you have to watch Keep Me alive -very funny it is in the high 90's on my rating. It is directed by Tchidi Chikere. The only issue is that annoying pink dot that we have seen in Beautiful soul has reared its ugly head. Besides that, the movie is too funny, NF.

  17. nollywoodforever says:

    Please don't go and make me go and find where we came to the agreement. Nonso has been mine since I saw Marry Me/ Desperate Love with Oge Okoye… and noone shall come between us so I beg go and take your Segun Arinze and your Desmond Elliot and commot!!! BTW Nonso is short too so just leave am for me.

    Of course I have seen it! (Keep Me Alive)It was the one where the brother wants to sell tonto to the guy to get married to raise his dowry… very funny…LOL I didnt see the pink dot on that one… must have been before my eyes were properly opened!

  18. Sgorgeous says:

    NF- which Segun Arinze? Commot abeg.. (laughing) Nonso was betrothed to me since he was born. Notwithstanding, my already married status… Why is it that women cannot marry multiple times. My husband has already known of the agreement with Nonso and is willing on condition of his marriage to Nonso. So no wahala…

    I am Nonso's chosen. I cannot my Nonso as short… You will deceive me, I know this now. And here I thought we were bonding over our love/ obsession for Nollywood movies.

    NF, NF, NF- how many times have I called you? I see you are looking for wahala today. OK… we will see.

  19. nollywoodforever says:

    I go show you peppe! Let me just let you know that Nonso was mine before he was born… When he was just an embryo he was mine so think of anodda one I beg. You are very greedy… since you have already married another just take Segun and Desmond LOL No wahala after all it is only the tall ones you want… We are friends now…

  20. Sgorgeous says:

    Where in God's name do you keep plucking Segun's name from? Abeg, Abeg… leave that one jare….

    Which peppe? It is only a silly person that tries to pull a sleeping tiger's tail.

    Tall is only one factor> Nonso has all that I desire, very sexy eyes, full lips, and I love his smile he is very handsome.

    Please… I think you are suffering from Alzheimer's…

    I said my list as follows:

    Nonso,
    Muna Obiekwe
    Desmond Elliott
    Pat attah

    So there.

    I think you secretly desire :

    1/ Segun Arinze
    2/ Justus Esiri
    3/ Pete Edochie
    4/Nkem Owoh

    Oldies but goodies… now we are truly friends…

    As long as you keep your hands and your onyikes out /off my pot.

    one should not reap where they did not sow.

    It is only a careless child that will pick up hot coal from the fire.

    NF you have been warned….

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