Title: ENDLESS PASSIONÂ
Starring: Ikay Ogbonna, Mimi Orjiekwe, Oma Iyasara, Monique Samuel, Tissy Nnachi
Synopsis: A wealthy, married, man goes out of his way to procure a loan for his â€œside chickâ€ only for her to run off with the money.
The movie opens up to an unhappy marriage between Alex and Cassie (Ikay Ogbonna and Mimi Orjiekwe). Alex strayed from the marriage and used the excuse of overtime at the office in order to spend time with Chloe (Oma Iyasara).
Chloe provided the passion that ceased to exist in Alexâ€™s marriage. When she mentioned that she wanted to open a boutique, Alex gladly funded her. She later requested more money and convinced Alex to lend it to her promising that she would double his money in six months. Alex forged documents to get her the money she needed and soon after, Chloe was nowhere to be found.
Cassie picked up on the affair when she picked up Alexâ€™s cell phone. Little did he know she had an agenda too.
Letâ€™s Talk. An infidelity movie. Yes, another one. This is a misguided drama about passion but the context is really about a manâ€™s desire for sex and a womanâ€™s agenda for money. Isnâ€™t that true to life? Men want sex, women want money?
In this case, Alex was a wealthy man who had two women. No surprise there. Whatâ€™s strange is that when the side chick needed a loan, Alex forged bank documents to get it for her. REALLY?? I mean, who does that? Why was that even necessary? He was supposed to be a rich man!!
Once again, we have a movie that defies logic. Why on earth would a man do that for the sidepiece? Especially when he had already given her a huge sum of money? At the core, itâ€™s about the politics of sex. A woman gives her body and the man ultimately pays for it.
The next thing we know, the bank was foreclosing on all of his property, including the home he lived in. The story didnâ€™t delve into how that bank came to its conclusions but if Alex was found out for forgery then why didnâ€™t he go to jail?
For this story to be even remotely believable there needed to be some heated and sizzling passion (Endless Passion) between Alex and the â€œother woman.â€™ There wasnâ€™t. They were just two actors with no chemistry, going through the motions for the scene.
Another pinch in the story is the missing scene where Alex should have suspected that his wife knew he was having an affair. He forgot his phone at home and when he later checked it he would have seen that his girlfriend texted him and put two and two together.
For the most part, the movie was lifeless. Having to watch the scenes between Alex and his wife was enough to make the homicidal suicidal. The movie didnâ€™t disclose why their marriage went south which made their relationship uninteresting. And then the filmmakers had the nerve to include those long stretches of scenes with no dialogue. Ughâ€¦
The only positive note about the movie was the womenâ€™s involvement in the storyline, which gave the movie a little unpredictability, but the story execution was still poor.
Performances? Let me say this: just because an actor is able to show emotion doesnâ€™t mean that he/she is connected to the character. Thereâ€™sliving the character and then thereâ€™s acting the character. Thereâ€™stransforming into the character and thereâ€™s pretending you did. I realize that not everyone has an eye for such details but everyone does have gut instinct and anyone can feel a good performance.
The truth of the matter is that some actors need time to hone their skills. While some actors are gifted, others have to develop their talent. If you think about it, before Denzel Washington became an â€œAâ€ list actor, he was â€œBâ€ list, right? Let us pray for patience and hope that our actors will one day reach their full potential.
Needless to say, this was not a well thought out or well written screenplay. It was more like â€œEndless Agony.â€