Mad Dog

Mad Dog

Mad Dog African Movie Review

Year Of Release: 2011
Story/Screenplay, Director – KenSteve Anuka
Producer – Chimezie Emelionwu

Starring:
Artus Frank – Barry
Martha Ankomah – Floxy
Ohene K Odei – Mr Sam
Vicky Johnson – Mrs Sam
Kwasi Hamsom – Agent
Judith Ashante – Farida

Themes:
Promiscuity
Waywardness

NollywoodForever.Com Rating – 44%

Synopsis:

Barry (Artus Frank) nicknamed The Mad Dog has been left a huge amount of wealth from his father. This wealth has brought him nothing but pain and attention from people who seek only to use him for his money. He begins to feel that his life is in danger and so leaves his life behind in pursuit of a new one, making a new start where no one knows him. This life is full of recklessness and whoring and it appears that his anonymity is about to be rescinded when a prostitute he meets starts blackmailing him threatening to reveal his whereabouts to his uncle after picking up his phone when it was left unattended. Barry manages to wrangle out of the sticky situation and the whore ends up naked with a noose round her neck. However his uncle finds tracks him down during a session with a prostitute. Barry finds himself running again. Why is his uncle to desperate to track him down?
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Acting

Martha Ankoma is playing her usual role of vixen/ sex kitten so no surprises there. In the club dancing scene where she dances by herself I had no idea it was her until the close up on her face. I didn’t know she was curvaceous like that. Her butt was huuuuge. Either she has put on loads of weight or that was padding. Update: On further inspection I think it’s the former because her thighs were massive as well, she’s getting kind of Juliet Ibrahimish.

Despite being typecast (which is unfortunate) Martha Ankomah is a very powerful actress. She showed vulnerability and emotion so convincingly that it drew you into her pain as the viewer and at the same time when she was playing hardball she played that too with conviction using her stature and voice to command the screen.

Artus Frank was believable as the mad dog. He was very convincing as a sex obsessed disrespectful hater of women. The lustful stares… The intence hungry look. His thirst for sex was played out well, enthusiastically but not overdone. My only issue with him is the way he sometimes gobbles his words. He puts so much power into what he is saying but then trips up or stumbles over them at times.

Mr and Mrs Sam played by Ohene K Odei and Vicky Johnson were kind of dreadful. There was a scene where they reveal how both of their daughters got married to Vietnamese men on the same day. (stupid idea BTW) They were ranting, raving and crying. It was a miserable performance. The crying was so fake *yawn* It was painful to watch.
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SPOILERS:

So many questions raced through my head as I watched the movie. Who sent Floxy? How did the police know her? Why is Barry so intent on evading his family? The movie was some what of a mystery and that was good because I was always trying to figure out why people were doing what they were doing and not always getting it right. Why is the uncle so obsessed with Barry being heir and claiming all the riches when they have daughters? Mrs Sam even suggests adopting a male child to her husband to become heir to the businesses as he is so concerned about not having a male heir. Why go to all that trouble when you have perfectly capable daughters? Beats me. So what if they take a different name?

Why is the uncle so intent on finding him? He tells his wife that he is worried about the empire falling into the hands of the enemies, but why? If he brings Barry back that doesn’t mean he will behave responsibly. Isn’t it best all round to leave him when he is since he is such a liability anyway.

Has Floxy has been hired to get Barry clean? She gives him rules that there is to be no more drinking and smoking, sex or clubbing. She claims she did all this because she fell in love with him??? WTF? From where? Was it when she told him to “fack off” in the club or when he sat at the dining table scowling at her? At which point did this stupid girl fall in love? Nonsense. This whole part was so not believable, there was no build up to this supposed falling in love. It was just thrown in there like a piece of poo on a white sheet.

Promiscuity

The language was harsh and Barry’s actions were sometimes disturbing. He seemed to have an unhealthy obsession with sex and the urge to control women through it. He has no respect for women and doesn’t even like to use contraception. Its funny he has no respect for women but the women he seeks out are the ones that sell their bodies. This isn’t indicative of the female population at large but because these are the kinds of women he surrounds himself with he has a skewed view of women.

He sees prostitutes as less than human. When Floxy tells him that she loves him and is trying to help him. He retorts,

“A prostitute can never love.”

Quickly going of topic why are Floxys always thugs or prostitutes or runs girls in movies. I’ve never seen a Floxy play a church girl or a virtuous woman. Why is that?

Nollywood Forever Says What?

Why would the police give a shhhh if barry is some rich mans son and people are taking advantage of his wealth. They say they want to protect him. Say what?

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Synopsis:

By the end of the movie we do get some clarity and questions are answered. Despite this I still would not recommend this movie. There is too much variation in sound which meant a lot of rewinding, raising the volume and having to listen very carefully. The muddled execution story was interesting enough but could have been executed in a much better fashion, perhaps the desire to create mystery lead to some of the confusion. There has to be a balance. The acting was great for the most part but not enough so to make the movie great, or even good for that matter. It was watchable. I got to the end of the movie but I still I don’t fully “get it”. To be honest it’s a bit of an anticlimax. So what was in the box? The plans? What were the plans and how did the guy working with the uncle betray Floxy? Not worth your time unless you have time to waste. Thumbs down

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