I, and anyone else who has had the pleasure of sitting through some stupid Nigerian movies these past months, thank Uche Jombo greatly. We thank her for many reasons but two main reasons being: 1) her movies have only one part and 2) the stories are not redundant.
Since the Uche Jombo Production house was established they have definitely only gotten better from movie to movie and this movie is no different. The movie is centralized on one day in a couple’s life and the events that lead up to having a crazy woman stand in their living room on the day of their anniversary claiming she is in love with the husband.
The idea behind the movie is original in that it’s not a story we see everyday in our movies even though it’s a very real phenomena. The fact is that in this century most of us have been at one end of this story: either as Uche’s character or Kalu’s character (and for some of us its been both lol). But the idea that you could take this relatively slim phenomena and make a movie out of it, is something I would never have imagined, but Uche Jombo did it.
The one character that stood out the most was definitely Uche’s character. She plays a psychologically imbalanced female with violent tendencies. The way Uche portrayed the character was good and well done, but I couldn’t help but feel that it could have been much better. I kept wishing that they had gotten a truly insane actress to do this insane role. Imagining either Yvonne Okoro or Nse Ikpe-Etim in the role, especially the latter. I could just see the insanity that would manifest from that character if Nse had been cast as Imelda.
As regards the entire production, at times the music was louder than the dialogue. Pair that with irokotv’s terribly fluctuating audio and you get a frustrating couple of scenes. Occasionally the lighting was a bit off but all in all the movie ‘False’was an interesting take on an increasingly common modern day phenomena. Kate Henshaw and Kalu Ikeagwu were fascinating, especially the former. Kalu Ikeagwu and the phone sex scenes… oh my! If there’s anything I learned from this movie it’s not to have phone sex when you’re using MTN, they will leave you hanging.
All in all I love the final message of the movie. It’s fantastic how, if you’ve noticed, Uche Jombo does not play ‘same old, same old’. Whilst other characters in other movies are getting AIDS or Herpes, if you’re in Uche Jombo’s movie you’re getting Staphylococcus (see ‘lies men tell‘). Whilst other people are dying of heart attacks and cardiac arrests in other movies, if you’re in Uche Jombo’s movie, you’re dying of Osteoporosis. She doesn’t follow the status quo, she brings in new things because in truth not every old man will die of a heart attack, not every one with an STD has AIDS, and not everyone walking on the streets is psychologically okay.