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To Live Again

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Posted November 2, 2012 by in Drama
To Live Again 1&2-1

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2.5/ 5

NR Review

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SYNOPSIS: Caught up in the web of a heartless man, my husband. He forced me to sign a divorce paper which I refused. For my punishment he pushed me down the stairs. I became paralyzed and ended in a wheel chair. To cover up for his evil act, he framed me up to my family. Everyone believed him, thinking I accidentally fell off the stairs in the middle of a heated argument to divorce him. Traumatized by the accident, my parent took me to a psychiatric home. My husband had the house to himself, finally he brought his mistress to our matrimonial home. I'm the victim, but who will believe my story when all evidence showed I have threatened to leave my husband several times in the past
 
Parts/Divisions: The sequel to live again is called True Forgiveness. To live again part 1 and part 2 then true forgiveness part 1 and part 2
 
Cast: Ini Edo, Justus Esiri, Chidi Mokeme, Rachel Oniga, Livinus Nnochiri, Yul Edochie, Uche Ebere, Juliet Mgborukwe
 

POSITIVES:

Semi-original storyline
 

NEGATIVE:

Order out of whack, some scenes out of place
 
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The fact that I could watch part 3 alone and get the entire movie tells me that the movie could definitely have been shorter.

by Nollywood REinvented
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Review

-Story: [3 out of 5] I think this movie has an amazingly fantabulous story… if only I knew what it was. The scenes are not in anyway organized properly. So this is what had happened with me for this movie (and will more likely than not, happen to you as well unless I just have exceptionally bad luck). I bought the movie online. DVD arrives and it states that “To Live Again” is the prequel to “True Forgiveness” ok na. So I start playing what I think is part 1 of to live again and the movie is going and it’s going pretty well. 10 minutes into it, I’m thinking ‘nah this is too good to be true, seems like a conclusion, if this is part 1 na wetin dem wan come act for part 2-4′. So I pause and go back to executiveimagemovies.com to make sure I’m not running mad and there again it says “To live again” is the prequel. I finish the movie and it ends appropriately. I hesitantly slot in part 2 of to live again and it goes over sequences that have been alluded to in part 1. Then I slot in part 1 of the sequel then part 2 and I am just… I’m confused at this point because the scenes are all over the place. Horribly horrible editing. And it’s really sad because it reduced the value of a potentially great film. I would still recommend seeing this movie, lol. Because there are not that many movies that are this entertaining (it’s appeal for me probably had something to do with the soundtrack but still watch it)

 

-Originality: [3 out of 5] Watching part 4 alone, I thought it was an awfully original concept. However, when I watched the other parts and pieced it all together you realize it’s still the same movie. The same motivations. The same reasons for acting. Same principles. Same morale being preached. But still an extremely entertaining version of ‘the same’.

 

-Predictability: [1 out of 5] It definitely goes down as you would expect it. And I have never been so happy to see a movie go exactly as I would expect.

 

-Directing/Editing: [2 out of 5] The fact that I could watch part 3 alone and get the entire movie tells me that the movie could definitely have been shorter. Yet, I wouldn’t pick on any specific scene and be like ‘that’s the one you should have thrown out’. The low points are for terrible editing, mediocre direction, and below expected camera work.

 

-Acting quality: [3 out of 5] You see, I started this movie and I looked at the cast and I thought “Huh! Chidi and Ini? Well that ought to be entertaining”… false. You can tell a lot about a movie by the cast. For me , if a movie stars Mercy Johnson or Tonto Dikeh or Mike Ezuruonye you can’t tell anything about the movie because those three would act in just about anything but you can rest assured that whatever scenes they are in will be amazing. However, for Ini and Chidi who are people who don’t have that huge of a body of work in 2012, I expected much. But I did bare in mind that Ini acted in that terrible runs movie “Wave of Glory” earlier this year and Chidi has way too many terrible movies from 2012 for me to even list them all. But I was certain that even if the movie was crap the acting would be really good or the sets would be really pretty and rich looking (cause you’d have to be really rich to afford to put both of them in a crappy movie) lol.

All jokes aside though, Ini and Chidi definitely did a good job in this movie. In a couple of scenes, Ini didn’t carry the ‘crippled’ thing well. Sometimes she would move her legs in ways that crippled people shouldn’t be able to. And other times it seemed as though the clutches were accessories as opposed to support-systems.

I won’t lie, I’m beginning to think that I might not love Chidi Mokeme as much as I thought I did. Either that or I’m becoming too critical for my own good. You know there’s a problem when you find faults in actors that you had originally thought were impeccable. Regardless, most of the time Chidi carried his role well, other times it seemed as though he was going through the motions.

I can’t but mention Juliet Chidinma aka Juliet Mgburukwe from ‘Ebube‘ (all these actors and actresses that keep switching their names eh… I won’t say there’s a special place in hell for you o but…). For some reason, I am really into this girl’s acting. I think she does quite an amazing job for a newcomer and I will definitely keep my eyes on her. Especially because I’ve only seen her in two works as at now (this and Ebube) and those were two completely different roles yet she carried them out very well. I love that she’s not sticking to a particular role type but experimenting, which is more than I can say about most experienced actors.

Yul Edochie. Somebody shout Hallelujah! Yul Edochie is NOT a prince… if there is any reason to watch this movie then that was it. When was the last time you saw Yul in a non-princely role? Can’t remember? Exactly

Loved seeing Rachel and Justus on screen again. Most of the extras tried. It was a good job in general

 

-Setting: [3 out of 5] Ok

 

-Costume/Make-Up: [3 out of 5] Bia, Chiemela! What’s up with all that wrapper that Ini Edo is tying on the poster?… costumes and make up were mostly on point

 

-Props and Graphics: [3 out of 5] Not bad

 

-Video Quality: [2 out of 5] I really just want to say ‘fair’ because I didn’t understand it most of the time, and much of the lighting was beneath expectation

 

-Audio Quality [2 out of 5] Between the background noises and inconsistency, it could have definitely been better

 

-Soundtrack: [4 out of 5] I absolutely loved loved loved the soundtrack

 

-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Ok

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To Live Again, 10.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings


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8 Comments


  1.  
    Eya

    Lol! Anything like exceptional bad luck? ha ha ha. After watching part four, may be the best thing for me is, forget about part one to three.

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  2.  

    My mistake, I meant only watch part 3. But yes o, watching only that part and forgetting the rest is definitely the best deal

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  3.  
    Thelma Jedidiah

    I have a lot to say about this movie with your review and the movie in general. But first, your review. I don’t know the place where you bought your copy from (or in my case which website you watched your version from *wink wink*) but the movie was in order. True Forgiveness is the sequel to To Live Again and everything was intact. Yes if you watch True Forgiveness 2, you don’t need to see the previous 3 parts but isn’t that true of at least 90% of Nollywood movies? Also, the movie was in order that is To Live Again 1 and 2 then True Forgiveness 1 and 2. If I had taken your advise on the order to watch this movie, I would have come back here to shout. EEE, my dear NR, nne m biko adjust that one you had on top because it was hecka misleading.

    Now to the movie, I hate the ending. I was shouting aloud so much that my sister thought I had lost it. I know it is a movie but sometimes, they also teach us things. I mean you don’t come back to your “crazy” wife because your girlfriend left you penniless. I mean who and what do these men think they are? I really upset me that he had the guts to come back after what he put the woman through (BTW, to understand this, you have to watch the whole movie. They did a good job in taking us through what she felt. I cried in a couple of scenes but then again, I am a real softy). It made me want to jump in there and replay the whole thing for her so that she doesn’t forget real quick. Yes, forgive but move on. And who says true forgiveness is not in parting ways. Like the man said, in her case, he might wake up in the middle of the night and kill her. It is high time these people (and I mean men and women alike) know that they can’t eat their cake and have it. Ok, I’m getting angry again. But Ini tried sha. I will give her her props.

    Hear a joke. While I was googling the movie, I saw the cover for True Forgiveness and I was about to start praying for you NR because I thought that you needed glasses and maybe you had started loosing it. Why? In the picture, Yul Edochie was dressed like a prince. In your review, you said he wasn’t a prince and nne m I thought this was the beginning of the end for you LOL!!! But God forbid. Amen.

    Video and Audio Quality each should get a 2 if not a 1. I mean it looked and sounded like as if a person took a phone (not even a video camera) and was recording in a movie theater. It was horrible and horrendous. And I was glad when I saw subtitles but that turned into a mini pain when the background and surfaces where bright colors because the font was white.

    Something you didn’t catch. Yul’s name was spelt Yal in the beginning credits. I had a whole minute laughter with that one. LOL!!!

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  4.  

    Lol I don’t know why my copy was this disastrous o but I have edited the review so that the order does not affect the rating.

    Right right, there are many movies like that that if you watch one part you need not watch the rest and when I find such movies I try to review them as such.

    Lol at your reaction to the end. This might make me seem a bit mental but I love how nowadays many people have a problem with the ending of Nollywood movies (esp. Mr. and Mrs.). Things don’t always end the way we’d like for them to. So I guess we are forced to embrace the foolishness of the characters.

    I definitely noticed what you did about the subtitles, in fact I even made a note about it which obviously didn’t transfer to the review. But the thing is that I hate subtitles on English movies because they seem distracting to me. I’m like I can hear them, I don’t need to read it too.

    Maybe it was just your copy (or your ‘site’) that had the bad audio because the audio on mine wasn’t that bad.

    Nne, I’ve given up on spelling names right. The editors are just very…. infact, I comment my reserve. Everyday they are messing up a different name.

    Lol and yes, the cover was definitely misleading. Thanks for your comment Thelma :)

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    •  
      Alaafia

      I totally loved this movie! Yes, the audio and some of the video quality was not up to snuff (everything seemed so dark in many places), but aside from that, I think the director’s intention was to show an intimate portrayal of two people developing a relationship, and the issues that would follow, which I think was executed well. The setting and the angles of the shots seemed to represent this. In my opinion, the story line was well structured, as we go from seeing betrayal to watching a love blossom, to witnessing one’s downfall, leading to asking for forgiveness. There was never a dull moment, and at times much suspense. I don’t see how one can watch True Forgiveness without watching all of the parts of To Live Again, as so much intense detail that lead to the last part of the movie was covered in the first. I watched both parts – to live again and true forgiveness on YouTube (twice), and there was no problem with order. I also thought the acting was good. Now the ending? Crap! If you read the comments on YouTube, the majority of the viewers agreed that forgiveness was not in order at all. I and many others were on fire!! lol. However, because of the title (True Forgiveness), I supposed the writers couldn’t come up with another way of showing how an emotionally and physically abused woman could forgive her husband (I personally thought they could have). I definitely recommend watching again on YouTube for a better take on the movie.

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  5.  
    Cocoa beauty

    i need to kno who sang the song they used for the soundtrack, i love it

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  6.  
    LPS

    Lol @ best deal..Now looking for just part 3 to watch.

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  7.  

    lol… save money live better

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