The Judas Game

The Judas Game Nigerian Movie Review

(Continuation – Daughters of Eve)
Date Of Release: 2011
Story, Screenplay, Director – Amaechi Ukeje
Producer – Solomon Apete

Starring:
Mercy Johnson – Serena
Majid Michel – Doctor Jerry
Livinus Nnochiri – Chief Walters
Paul Sambo – Barrister Desmond
Esther Audu – Franca
Joyce Kalu – Adaeze
Jerry Williams – Chinedu
Uchenna Nnnanna – Anita
Leo Ewuzie – Lord Tunga
Wasky Oguegbu – Chief Onu
Ed Nnasor – Dr Cyril
Paul Udensi – Okoro
Chioma Iloekwu – Tessy

Themes:
Childlessness
Money Rituals
Family
Rape

NollywoodForever.Com Rating – 70%

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Synopsis:

Doctor Jerry is a rogue doctor that drugs and rapes pregnant woman that come to him for gynecological examinations. He is has a panty fetish and sees woman as only good for satisfying his sexual urges. He is caught and expelled from a hospital after the woman dies of a heart attack and autopsy conducted where illegal drugs and his sperm are found in her. It is not long before doctor jerry sets up his own clinic and is back working and up to his old tricks. He meets his match and he is now subject to blackmail from his latest “victim.” Will he meet her demands? Chief Walters exploits a homeless widow and her family by offering them a place to stay in exchange for the girls body. Will there be a price to pay for their wicked acts?
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Acting

Paul Sambo only has a minor role but he shows a lot of promise in the few lines that he has. Mercy and Majid are brilliant as they usually are, so no surprises there. Uchenna Nnnanna is really improving. Livinus Nnochiri and Joyce Kalu were good. Chioma Iloekwu who played Tessy was the weak link. She always seemed like she was thinking too much before speaking. Her performance was lacklustre at best and she made a scene that could have been excellent (blue panty scene) come across lame and amateur.
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Childlessness/ Infertility

Infertility is always blamed on the woman. Chief has had 4 wives in 18 years yet he still he lays blame on the woman. The realisation that his secret is out hits when his latest wife reveals that she has a son that she gave birth to in secondary school that lives with her mother and therefore cannot be sterile. There is a huge stigma placed on infertility and not being able to have your own child. Even at his age and knowing that he cannot have his own children chief is trying to combat that.

Money Rituals

We see a man being directed by a witch doctor to stab a baby in order to have wealth. It amazes me that people believe that they can become rich by doing such an abhorrent thing. Even people that I have spoken to that seem to be completely reasonable and sane individuals will exclaim that money rituals do work. Of course they claim that they would never partake in such. Otunga feels humiliated by his childlessness. If he can stab a baby I don’t know why he can’t adopt or steal a baby? Chief is not happy with all the money he has and regrets his actions. In one scene he laments,

“Who will inherit all the wealth that I have without children of my own?”

A lesson to be learnt: money isn’t everything.

Family

Okoro comes to reap from where he did not sow. What right does he have to have any say in what Serena does with her life when he refused to take the family in calling her a witch?

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Memorable Scenes

Doctor Jerry says to a woman who doesn’t feel comfortable with her vagina being examined,

“If you are uncomfortable. I have to check your nipples.”

It is unbelievable how women will go against their instincts and what they know to be wrong because someone is an authority figure.

The scene with Tessy and the camera in the doctor’s surgery was HORRIBLE. It was a big mess. Bad directing. Bad acting. Just horrible.

Nollywood Forever Says What?

In Jerry’s first workplace where he is sacked for gross misconduct, how would they know that the sperm is Jerry’s? Say What? Why would they have his DNA on file?

Doctor Jerry wants to drug and rape a women but when a woman is begging for him to have sex with him he is doing shakara? Say What?

Why are you going to send your dark-skinned wife when u are dark skinned to go get impregnated by a mixed race and try and pass the baby off as yours. Say What? Anyone with a brain cell would try and find a black man.

Conclusion:

I would recommend this movie. The editing was decent there were no long dragged out scenes. It moved and a reasonable pace and the sound was consistent throughout, however the directing could have been better. There were many scenes which I could see could have been improved tenfold. The music was appropriate in volume and type and added to the scenes. I thought the story was a good one although some bits were comical perhaps where they shouldn’t have been. I was kept entertained all the way through. Thumbs up!

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