Moment of Truth

Moment of Truth

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Moment of Truth ~ 2005
Story – Uju Onwuachu
Screenplay – Chuks Obiorah
Director – Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen

Starring:
Mike Ezuruonye – Frank
Benedict Johnson – Collins
Chioma Chukwuka – Evelyn
Georgina Onuoha – Kate
Obiageli Molobe – Grace
Fred Aseroma – Philip
Charles Okocha – Paul
Gloria Mba – Ann
Susan Peters – Gladys
George Davidson – Neighbour
Goddy Ezenwa – Landlord

Themes Explored:
Poverty
Domestic Violence
Possessiveness

My Rating – 71%

Evelyn sells bread on the roadside. One day she gets talking to a guy who is one of her regular customers and amazes him with the brilliance of her knowledge. When he finds out that she has dropped out of school and taking JAMB due to financial difficulties it bothers him deeply. It is one day when he comes across the family being evicted by their landlord for non payment of rent that he takes action. He shoulders their burdens by finding them a new place to stay, putting Evelyn’s brother in business and claiming financial responsibility for her schooling. This man seems too good to be true, and slowly find out that he really is too good to be true.

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The relationship between Evelyn and Frank very soon turns from a platonic one into a romantic one. We see another side to him. He turns form a sweet caring man into a controlling and abusive monster.
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I thought that the transition in Frank’s character was too sudden and unexpected. We should have been given more of a hint towards his abusive and violent nature earlier on in the movie for the situation to be believable.

Evelyn’s mother is an enabler encouraging his behaviour by always apologising for her behaviour even when she has done nothing wrong. We can see how poverty can mar even the strongest relationships. Evelyn’s mother clearly loves her but it is the fear of going back to poverty that pushes her to behave in the way that she does.
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Watching this movie I can see how much Mike Ezuruonye has improved. In this movie his acting is more than adequate but he is overacting a tad too much and bouncing around all the time like a kangaroo.

At the end of the movie Evelyn meets Philip who offer her, a woman he has barely spoken to the offer to relocate to the US, along with her mother and brother and pay for it all… YEAH RIGHT!!! How unrealistic. The ending felt a bit rushed. We see Frank face his moment of truth in losing Evelyn. It is then that he goes on the charm offensive, an accurate depiction of the cycle of domestic violence.
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The movie was unoriginal but yet highly watchable with some good performances. I would recommend it. We see how poverty and the chance to escape it can make people withstand abuse they ordinarily never would.

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  1. SG says:

    I liked this movie a lot…. Mike scared the Be-JESUS out of me in this movie.

    But someone has to be a critic- I am volunteering for that job today. I really wish that Nollywood would stop hyping the US in their movies. This constant portayal of US as the golden ticket is not only poor judgement but also very misleading.

    Nigeria is a great place to live. For once I would like Nigerian producers to emphasize that.

    • lee west says:

      Your right it’s not the golden ticket, but rather the golden calf, as spoken about in the book of exodus: 32. The calf represents America who the people of this world worship against the wishes of God even in these days which are no different. The U.S.A. is worshiped for it’s money only & nothing else, as it has nothing else to offer. So the ” the hype’ is a money one only. But this $ was made by the 5 super powers off the backs of the African slave trade. All the good resources came out from the mother land.

  2. Myne White says:

    I like your reviews and have to say this one makes me want to look for the movie. Kudos.

  3. nollywoodforever says:

    Thank you Myne. It is very easy to find!

  4. aegoli says:

    i think dis waz d 1st movie wia i noticed mike…my sista n i got a kick out of d whole "wen u were selling bread phrase"…watz up wit chioma these days? havn't seen any of her recent works…cheers!!!

  5. Habiba K says:

    Well,i was not a fun of Nigerian movies because it took me time to understand them especially when they act in pigion English,after watching several movies i can now connect and relate to them and even talk try to talk back the same way.

    This movie was recommended to me from my friend in Germany,so i will look for it,if am lucky to get and watch it.My first movie to watch was blood sisters and my best actor/ess are Moffie Damijo,Ginivieve and Patcience Ozikoro(Mama Gee)it is also amazing how Nollywood actors/ess improve in film after film E:g Desmont Elliot and Chioma Chikua.And not forgetting Mr. Bad boy Jimmy Ike,he brings out his bad boy character image to life!

    Am in Uganda.

    • Nollywood says:

      Hey Habiba thanks for coming by!

      I hear you. When I first her pidgin in a movie I had to rewind about a million times but now I get it almost all the time!

  6. lee west says:

    I love this review thing of yours Nollywood forever, it stimulates my movie juices & that’s a good thing. All these movies young & old, should undergo a radical review so the fans can see what their getting into. Thanks for your break down of these movies , I know it’s difficult watching all these movies then analyzing them. That represents a lot of home work. Good work & continued success.

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