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On Bended Knees

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Posted August 24, 2013 by in Drama
Chioma Chukwuka presents ON BENDED KNEES

Rating

Story
57%


Originality
55%


Predictability
50%


Directing/Production
50%


Acting
60%


Music
60%


Total Score
55%

55/ 100

NR Review

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Synopsis: The movie which has Christian theme is about a man, Pastor Reuben (Seun Akindele) who is fiercely passionate about the things of God and & committed to the church. But this doesn’t go down well with his wife Kemi (Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha) who has to remind him that he’s also a husband as well as a pastor. Temptation comes in form of a dark, handsome stranger (Chet Anekwe), who becomes attracted to her. Secrets are opened, hidden pasts are unearthed and Reuben finds himself torn between his love for his wife & his devotion to the church. Who wins this epic battle?
 
Parts/Divisions: The movie, on bended knees, has only one part: on bended knees part 1
 
Cast: Chioma Chukwuka, Seun Akindele, Chet Anekwe, Francis Onwochie, Memry Savanhu, Sylvia Oluchi and Chukwudi Orji
 

POSITIVES:

The message behind the story
 

NEGATIVES:

Directing, the feeling is absent, acting
 
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Chioma Chukwuka’s production debut, on bended knees, attempt to tell a novel but relevant story in relation to the leaders of the Church and their familes. But in the end, however good the intentions were for making the movie and however relevant the storyline might be, “On Bended Knees” as a movie just didn’t do […]

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Chioma Chukwuka’s production debut, on bended knees, attempt to tell a novel but relevant story in relation to the leaders of the Church and their familes. But in the end, however good the intentions were for making the movie and however relevant the storyline might be, “On Bended Knees” as a movie just didn’t do it for me.

Back in high school whenever I’d write a paper, my professor would return it to me and say ‘Show, don’t tell’. This basically means, don’t tell me the character was lonely, show me that the character was lonely. Don’t tell me he fell in love with her, show me that he fell in love with her. And even though they did attempt to show most of these things in the movie they didn’t do it completely because I should be able to know what these characters are feeling before they verbalize based solely on what I’ve seen. Unfortunately, for this movie, that didn’t happen very often.

I’m a huge Seun Akindele fan. As far as someone can be a fan of a Nollywood actor, I am that for Seun, but unfortunately in this movie I wasn’t feeling anything. I don’t know if it’s his character that just doesn’t connect, or the lines that just seem out of place, or maybe Seun was struggling in the beginning but at first I got the impression that he as well as Chioma Chukwuka were both reciting their lines. It did get a bit better towards the end though.

Chioma Chukwuka as well was also not overly impressive in this movie. I feel like I’ve seen better from her in these made-in-Asaba productions. She did appear to be reciting lines initially and then I wasn’t getting any feeling from her character and I wasn’t feeling anything for her character, so that connection was not existent in this movie.

Chet Anekwe, on the other hand, I absolutely adore. He does a decent job in this movie, it does take a certain type of actor to say these cheesy lines and not seem utterly ridiculous. Most of the supporting actors were fair enough, however others were weak.  We have the drug addict ex-wife who reminds me of a Nollywood USA actress with her overly dramatic gestures, and there is Sylvia Oluchi who I loved from “Bent Arrows” and manages to hold it down quite well in this movie.

At the end of the day, I get the message. Although, I would rather have read a paragraph or two on this than have watched movie, I think the paragraph might have done a better job of eliciting emotions from me because this didn’t do it for me in that category. On bended knees is an educative movie, and if you can watch it without picking at it then I don’t doubt that you might enjoy it.On Bended Knees, 4.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings


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9 Comments


  1.  
    Mimi Uvieghara

    The dubbing was so awful! What is wrong with micing up the actors?

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  2.  
    Tee

    After reading this review, now I’m not eager to watch the movie anymore. Even though I’m Chioma’s fan I think she’s not to expressive in her acting. And I hope she reads this review. Probably the next movie would be better.

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      Alfia Johnson

      I watch and critique a lot of these movies, many with Chioma, and I must say, that this role was a dynamic one for her, and she played it to the nth degree. It is probably one of the most dramatic roles she has performed. I encourage you to see the movie, and perhaps you will understand why so many people really appreciated it. Cheers.

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  3.  
    Meheart

    I thought chioma was try Gold help God help you and gives you more talent or …..

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  4.  
    Addedore

    NR, I have seen you give some unexpected high rating to some less superior movie in the past. I think it may have to do with your mood when you watch these movies. I honestly think this particular movie deserves at least a percentile ratings in the 80s. For the most part you do a great job with your reviews and I find them helpful, but I will have to disagree with you on this one…..

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      Bebe

      Yes, I disagree with NR. This movie was great! Chioma was awesome in this. Everybody tried esp Pastor Reuben (Seun Akindele) Deacon Agwu (Francis Onwochie) and Slyvia Oluchy. great directing too by lancelot

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  5.  

    To all who saw the movie and to those who disagreed with the review especially. I must break protocol here and actually reply.

    First of all I think it’s amazing that you all saw the movie and I think it’s amazing that you loved. Most of all, and now I speak for all comments on this post dating before my comment, I think it’s amazing that there are actually people who can voice their disapproval of an NR review without stooping to personal attacks and claims that someone is paying me to defame others.

    Now ofcourse I sat through this movie and as you can see from the review I didn’t like it. To Adeddore, lol no this had nothing to do with my mood. I make it a point to postpone watching all movies that I intend to review if I’m in a sore mood. I didn’t like this movie’s presentation and if others did then that’s splendid.

    However on NR we have a strict two faceted review type: I review (and that’s one person’s opinion) but you also can rate the movie as well, so that when others read the review they know that most other people liked it.

    Thank you.

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  6.  
    Iyke

    Will watch and come back to post

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  7.  
    Maudrey

    I liked this movie. It had the old Nollywood feeling: nothing fancy, a little moralist, on-the-nose dialog but simple and honest story. I was not ‘wowed’ but I was moved. I think it’s a charming picture. I could add that I hated Chioma’s wig, disliked the drug-addict ex-wife etc. but it at the end of the day, I liked the movie.

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