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TITLE: RAGING PASSION
PRODUCER: MARY REMMY NJOKU
DIRECTOR: KABAT ESOSA EGBON
SCREENPLAY/ WRITTENBY: DARLENE BENSON COBHAM
MAIN CAST: CHIDI MOKEME, MARY REMMY NJOKU, BLOSSOM CHUKWUJEKWU, DARLENE BENSON COBHAM.
LOCATION(S): LAGOS NIGERIA
DURATION: 2:30:59 (2HOURS, 30MINUTES, 59SECONDS)
DATE OF RELEASE: JULY 6, 2014
MOVIE RATING: 6/10
REVIWER: AMOS TABITHA HABILA – 15BE02258
SYNOPSIS: In the movie RAGING PASSION featuring Chidi Mokeme, Mary Remmy Njoku and Blossom Chuwujekwu, Angela (Mary Remmy Njoku) a working class lady , received a phone call that her cousin Mabel (Uche Ogbodo) was involved in an accident and her attention was needed at home. Only for her to get home to see that same cousin in bed with her fiancé Paul (Blossom Chukwujekwu). Angela who was so depressed and devastated confided in her boss at work Harry (Chidi Mokeme) who has always had interest in her.
Angela and Harry began to have love affairs which eventually led to marriage, months after the marriage Angela gets to find out that everything was at set up by Harry because he always wanted her and couldn’t afford to losing her.
ELEMNTS OF PRODUCTION
SOUND EFFECTS; the sound effects was properly utilized in the movie not like every normal Nigerian movies where the theme song is used from the first scene to the last regarding the content of the scene. But the sound used in the movie properly suited each scene.
VIDEO QUALITY; the video quality in the movie was good, but in some scene the lighting was bad.
SHOTS AND ANGLE; there were various shots and angles used in the movie, below are examples of some;
REVIEW: Raging Passion is a good movie which I can recommend for anyone to watch. From the script writing to the production of the movie was excellently done. The audio quality was well done. It is quite exceptional and not the kind of “cliché” Nigerian movies we are used to.
Something about the writing of the movie was fresh, logical, and real. Even the characters were well fleshed out. Let’s talk about the two main characters for a moment Angela and Harry. The role of Harry was promiscuous while Angela was a virgin. Harry was a confident man and Angela was uptight. Harry had wealth and Angela was employed as his secretary. Clearly, the two were an unlikely couple.
What they had in common was that they were both damaged by. Harry’s heart was broken by his former girlfriend and Angela never had the love of her parents. They both had a little competition going on in their lives. Harry had a healthy relationship with his brother but the rivalry surfaced when it came to women. Angela was in similar situation at home in that as nerdy as she was, her voluptuous cousin envied her, and ultimately betrayed her.
Although I liked Harry and Angela individually I’m not so sure they made a steamy couple. Somehow I didn’t picture Angela as the woman that would bring playboy Harry to his knees. But you what? I worked with it because the rapport between them worked. It can be a challenge to get characters that are opposites on paper to mesh onscreen so high five to the screenwriters on this.
There are some questions regarding the story. Angela found out from her best friend that she was set up. Where did her friend get the information? Also, there is a subplot that dealt with Paul and Mabel, Last we saw them, Paul was spitting up blood. Whatever became of him?
Performances? On the ball, Mary Remmy Njoku was unbelievable playing the meek and insecure Angela and Chidi Mokeme was simply awesome. His character had so many layers- he had anger issues, he was controlling yet he played an office professional with a suave edge. He was excellent.
CONCLUSION: the movie generally is interesting and of all Nigerian movies I have seen this is certainly the most impressive, I recommend it and I can assure you would enjoy every bit of it.
Favorite quote; “I’M NOT ONE OF YOUR WOMEN” Angela kept saying this to Harry any time he wanted to take advantage of her.