Wole Ojo, Nancy Isime, Mawuli Gavor, Kweku Elliot, Rotimi Adelegan
A man trying to elevate his status in society marries a lady from a wealthy home, he soon realizes that the marital bliss he had hoped for has far eluded him.
Mariam Kwaringa, Emil B. Hirai-Garuba, Chijioke Ononiwu
This was one 2-hour ordeal that felt like 20 and the reason eludes me but for some reason “Treachery” goes from having immense potential at the beginning to having me grateful that it was over at the end.
The movie is about a young orphan, played by Wole Ojo, who meets and falls in love with a billionaire’s daughter – Ife. As time goes on, he starts working for her father and they eventually get married. Only six months after the wedding things start to fall apart and our wife, played by the lovely Nancy Isime, starts seducing her husband’s best friend, Ovi played by Mawuli Gavor.
In life many things make sense if you search hard enough, but no matter how much you search one cannot find the motivation for Ife’s action. The character of Ife is played to the tee by the stunning Nancy Isime – who is quickly becoming typed as the ‘evil seductress’ (think “This Is It” and “The Surrogate“). The qualms are not with her performance but with the character itself. From her actual wedding day she begins to seduce Ovi. Why you may ask? Nobody knows, but at least we can attempt to attribute this much to boredom and her spoilt brat tendencies. However, as the movie goes on Ife goes from doing one outrageous act to another and there is no apparent motivation whatsoever asides from the love for money (to be fair even that doesn’t make any sense because she was raised with money… but let’s stop giving ourselves a headache and keep it moving).
The movie ‘Treachery’ had an overwhelming sense of ‘boring’ as it went along. It starts from the first scene and lasts all the way to the end. At first the viewer’s interest is piqued by the visuals – the stunning sets, the stunning actors, the stunning cinematography – but soon enough that gets old and the only motivating factor to keep on watching is to find out what Wole Ojo’s character and the cabman are truly waiting for.
The movie has so many great elements tied together – from cinematography to performances, but the storyline fails us. It fails to tie up the elements and fails to create any kind of desire within the viewer to keep watching. Again here we refer to the quote from Tom Hanks about what he seeks for in a good script – “entertainment, education and enlightenment”, of which this movie has none.