MOVIE REVIEW: EMERALD AND WILD PASSION

Intro:
I told myself I’d never watch a Nollywood movie ever again except by recommendation. So on a boring evening not too long ago, a young friend of mine brought Emerald and Wild Passion over. I did watch them, old though they were, and even penned a review. Here goes:

Review:
Do you believe in fate? Do you believe that two people can be destined to be together such that no matter how hard circumstances work to prevent it, they end up with each other? These are the questions that the Nollywood movie, Emerald and its sequel, Wild Passion, strive to answer. Woven around this theme is the story of a love affair that is said to have spanned two lifetimes and counting. And perhaps, to justify the centuries-long storyline, the filmakers dragged the picture out long enough to test the viewer’s patience, resulting in four parts, two for Emerald, and another two for Wild Passion.*

However, it is this metaphysical element (more on that later) that makes the story intriguing. Beyond that, it becomes the story of another affair with passion, feelings of betrayal and lust for vengeance. Central to the story are Max, played by Ghanaian actor, Majid Michel, a married man who feels bound to a single girl, Emerald, played by one of Nigeria’s prominent actresses, Genevieve Nnaji.

Emerald, while shopping with her cousin, Becky (played by Tonto Dikeh) for antiques with which the latter will open a shop bought an emerald ring, which turned out to be enchanted. It opened her up to dreams in which she saw herself in love with an unhappily married Max in another lifetime, a romance that unjustly ended in tragedy.

In the present, the said Max is a stranger her paths only recently crossed with. Pretty soon, a relationship blossoms between them, although Max is …, you guessed right, unhappily married, just like in her dreams. Their feelings for each other are haltingly portrayed at first due to the guilt felt by Emerald and the pressure plied by Max’s wife. They do get into some kissing and fondling, but thankfully it doesn’t get out of hand.

The retro segment (depicting a previous lifetime), however, is so endearing. There you see Genevieve playing the sassy, taunting girl we’ve seen her interpret convincingly in many movies over the years. Her slim body and ageless looks are great assets for the task. Max, on his part, does the earnest pursuit. Max’s costume will crack you up (I think that big Afro wig needed a little more grooming).

Some great acting too from the lady who played Emerald’s mum. She and Genevieve conveyed the warmth and closeness between mother and daughter superbly.

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I must commend the generally modest dressing of the cast except for two supporting characters (one of them played by Tonto) who showed a little more skin than one would care for (bursting cleavages).

For Christians, there are certain issues to bear in mind if you do watch these movies. You probably know that the notion that people can reincarnate and, perhaps, live out their dreams from a previous life is not biblical. To be fair to the movie, the girl, Emerald, also struggled with the idea to some degree.

“… it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” – Hebrews 9:27.

There is a brief appearance of an old lady in the film ostensibly as a salesperson in the shop where Emerald bought the ring when she came to return it due to the troubling dreams she’d had. The lady it would seem was a spirit or had magical powers, because she convinced Emerald it was no accident she bought the ring, that it was destined to be hers. This ring, she claimed, would guide Emerald in the present to correct the injustices she and Max suffered in the past. Sounds very fascinating, but highly dangerous in real life. We are to avoid mystical objects that serve as gateways to the supernatural realm or convey hidden powers to us in order not to be manipulated by evil spirits.

“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the LORD your God.” – Leviticus 19:31 (ESV)

“There shall not be found among you … anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do this. – Deuteronomy 18:10-14 (ESV)

“Many of those who thus believed came out of the
closet and made a clean break with their secret sorceries. All kinds of witches and warlocks came out of the woodwork with
their books of spells and incantations and made a huge bonfire of them. Someone estimated their worth at fifty thousand
silver coins.” – Acts 19:18-19 (MSG)

Our guidance should come from the Holy Spirit and the word of God or brethren drawing from these two sources.

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Then there’s the whole idea of having an affair. You know that on this, the Bible does not excuse those who are unhappy in their marriages, maybe because those marriages were arranged. Romantic love is wonderful if we find it but we’re not allowed to entertain it beyond the boundaries of marriage. Our relationship with God is more important than the pleasure of any exciting physical union.

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” – Hebrews 13:4

It’s always a pleasure for me to see Genevieve in any movie, so the technical lapses like the unnecessary and tedious flashbacks and the spiritual red flags notwithstanding, this one, for me, was a winner.
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*The movies, packaged by De-Zeen International, Divine Touch Production, were written by Chisom Juliet Okereke and released in 2009.
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63 comments

  • Njoku Israel

    This is a beautiful review!

  • Chidey

    This review is very nice, also made me nostalgic while reading as it made me remember the old times (cos I watched the movie like 7 or 8 years ago).

    One movie I can remember that has such theme of reoccurence (though the movie is more intriguing and based on time travel) is an American movie titled Predestination.

    • Edith Ohaja

      I really liked this one because of Genevieve and Majid but time travel movies exasperate me, just like some fantasy pictures. I hated Premonition starring Sandra Bullock. Have a happy Sunday!

  • Ejiofor Emmanuel

    A beautiful review filled with biblical teachings too. A double blessing ?
    We should not believe any mystical powers because God is the only true God. Also, no one has an excuse for having an affair outside marriage because the Bible warned us against it.

  • Nwoye Chiamaka Favour

    Beautiful review with biblical reference more power to your elbow ma

  • Oshana Oyaku Endurance

    Wonderful review Ma’am, I wish I can get hold of this movie now.

  • Igwe Chioma Esther

    Reading the review seemed as though I had watched the movie. The scriptural attachment made it more beautiful. Thank you ma’am

  • Clinton

    I love the fact that the post is surrounded with biblical teachings, thanks ma

  • Ibaro Harrison Chidalu

    The bibical references and teachings brought the message closer,so insightful! Thanks madam!

  • Ndukwe Akwara

    Nice work indeed you are really amazing Aunty Edith. you are really good at what you do.

  • Thanks for this beautiful review ma. Many people have forgotten that the bible says on no account should we sin. And for the sexual immorality, thr consequence of the action is very high.

  • Sambo Deborah Friday

    This is a very beautiful review, I also learnt something new through this post. Some people believe in reincarnation of people who died years ago, but the Bible has explained it clearly that man must die once and then be judged. Thank you so much ma’am ☺️

  • Nice review, with biblical teachings.
    I enjoyed it.

  • Eze Nelson Emeka

    What a concise review but critical as it deals with the ills of the society.

  • Eze Chinalurumogu Success

    I’ve seen the movie. I saw it as a little girl, at about 10 years of age. I remember Max’s afro hair. It seemed like the 90’s but the dressing, buildings and environment did not reflect much on the 90’s. Thinking about it now, I didn’t see the movie as a past, present and future display. I was a child seeing a movie. I agree with you when you say that we should avoid mystical objects that serve as gateways to the hidden things.

  • Ugwu Doris chinenye

    Waw…what a comprehensive review seems like I am watching the movie with so much biblical reference and all that. I’m really impressed to see this review surely everything works for good for those who believe in him.

  • Chukwumalume Ozioma

    This movie review is just as elaborate as a review ought to be. It comes with the addition of moral counselling backed by scriptural references. I must commend you because it is not easy to be patient, perse, with Nollywood movies. Lol.

    • Nkan David

      This is actually a nice review, with good reference to biblical passages….Have never seen this movie before, but with this review which have just read, will make one believe have actually seen the movie during narration

  • Kelly Anwulika Bernice

    What a nice review,I already love the movie even when have not seen it. But what caught my attention more is the biblical teaching. Thank you ma.

  • Ugwu Mmesoma

    Wonderful movie review with biblical teachings
    Mystical object that serve as gateway to supernatural realm is to be avoided

  • Eze Esther Nzubechukwu

    Nice review
    There is indeed no excuse for sexual immorality.
    We should rely on God’s word alone

  • Chukwu Joy Chioma

    This post is associated with feelings of nostalgia. The review brings mental images to mind and the biblical references and backups makes it more understanding and informative.

  • Alaedu Chioma Gloria

    It’s like I’m watching the movie
    A comprehensive review backed up with biblical references..thank you ma God bless

  • Eze Goodness mmesoma

    Ma does it mean going to a sorcerer or a future teller is a bad idea ?

  • Ugwu Somtochukwu

    The eye opening statement you made towards the end of the post says it all Ma. We should avoid engaging in mystical actions and usage of mystical things.While some think it could be the escape route from our problems, it is important to know that it won’t change anything. It will only bring tons of problems on us. Thank you Ma for drawing our attention to this.

  • Lucky Okezi

    Ma’am this is a nice review, but in my view; a review is to be void of sentiments and religiosity. I’m also a Christian but literature should remain within the terrain of literature.

    • Very funny! You should have asked if this can be done, not tell me it is wrong. This is a faith and inspirational blog. What is literature by the way? You probably don’t know that the Bible is also a book of literature. Literature can be secular or devotional.

      Next time, ask a question about something you are confused about or research before you express an opinion based on a misconception.

      Cheers!

  • Ekeh Maryann C

    There are other ways of helping a man who is unhappily married and not having affair with the man. This movie actually discredits societal values of marriage.

  • Chilaka Vivian

    What a story. It’s not every thing that comes our way that should be allowed to enter into us. That magical ring can possibly ruin the girl’s life.

  • Hmmm, I haven’t watched the movie, but from what I have read here the movie has didactic lessons, Majid Micheal as max and Genevieve Nnaji as Emerald, their characterization is used to send a lot of messages to the viewers, for me I believe that every married man, having troubles in his family should fix it, no marriage is perfect, that is why in marriage they say that 1+1is 1 because God brought you two together for you to perfect your imperfections, you can also talk senses and pray for your wife , going after another woman is wrong, how is he sure that the woman will not be worse than his wife?

  • Hmmm, I haven’t watched the movie, but from what I read here ,the movie has didactic lessons, Majid Micheal as max and Genevieve Nnaji as Emerald, their characterization is used to send a lot of messages to the viewers , for me I believe that every married man , having troubles in his family should fix it. No marriage is perfect, that is why in marriage they say that 1+1 is 1, because God brought you two together for you to perfect your imperfections, you can also talk senses and pray for your wife, going after another woman is wrong. how is he sure that the woman will not be worse than his wife ?

  • David Nneka

    The movie sounds interesting, love the lessons in it.

  • Nwatu Vera Chisom

    This review is very comprehensive in the sense that although I have not even seen the movie I still understood and was able to get the morals of the story. Thank you ma

  • Amalu precious

    The review talks wholly about the movie and all it entails. Indeed a movie with spiritual realms and mystical rings sounds a bit scary, but fascinating at the same time.

  • Ikeh Christiana Chinenye

    It is a good thing to be in love but not in a situation where it is creating a spiritual distance between you and God. Because,you go against his commandments as regards to marriage. As far as couples are not separated or divorced, that commandment should be abided to, as having another affair outside defiles your marital home.

  • Sunday Chenka Esther

    Wawuu.. This is indeed a must watch!!.. Beautiful review with biblical lessons. Indeed there’s no excuse for sexual immorality.

  • Chukwukanne chinecherm winner

    Interesting review, seems am watching the movie already. Maybe things to learn from it . One is that will should always know that every marriage have it own up and down but we should not let that cause issue between the two Parties involved rather it should be settled and not going for another person.

  • Zita Ezechi

    Sounds interesting!
    I too would like to watch the movie
    There are quite alot of lessons to be learnt here

  • Iyorakpo Dorathy

    This is such a beautiful review with an impactful biblical reference. I learnt alot from it thanks to you ma

  • Nwafor Cynthia Chinenyenwa

    Wow! This review is “mad o!”??. I haven’t seen the movie but it just feels like I have. While reading the review, it’s like I was actually watching the movie. You’re good, ma.

  • Chukwukanne chinecherem winner

    This movie just depicts a lot of what goes on in our world today. Unfaithfulness, adultery and fornication has become the order of the day. So from the review of this movie, one can learn a lot of lesson and not end up making mistakes that might end up as being costly.

  • Uyanna Chibuike

    More power to your elbow! Your reviews always leave me cracked up for more reviews from you. I haven’t watched the movie but I will love to.

  • Ede Ndidiamaka Patience

    Nice one ma . I like your strategy. At the beginning, I thought you were praising Max’s affair outside marriage, but at a point, you digressed.

  • Nice review ma’am

    I do believe in fate

  • OWOSENI Kehinde

    Well MA, I don’t believe in fate. Whatever must have happened in the film, it will be the conscious handwork of both parties.
    Though I’ve not seen this movie before.

  • Nwikwu chidera judith

    She was having an affair with a married man which is wrong regardless of the fact that they met in the previous life.

  • Victor Izuchukwu

    Great review am already anticipating seeing the movie

  • Uwadiegwu Mercy Amarachi

    This is a wonderful Review, with good reference to biblical passage…I Haven’t watched the movie before, but while reading it… I get to understand some certain things which I never knew about. We should always make sure that our guidances comes from the holy spirit and also from the word of God.

  • Adiele Onyedikachi

    Well it has been quite sometime I watched a Nigerian movie. The fact that there are magical things doesn’t mean we need to delve into them since we have been warned by the Bible to stay away from such. Thank you ma for this message

  • Okochi Chinonso

    Hmm interesting
    It’s true that going to magic places is wrong because you don’t know what will be invoked in you. That’s how my roommates told me to go to a certain place to know if there’s something wrong with me spiritually,I didn’t even let her finish her statement before walking out.

  • Onyebuagu Onyinye Eleanor

    An outstanding review. I look forward to seeing the movie

  • Soje praise

    I think I would love to watch this movie ma. I love the way you relate this movie to the Bible.

  • Nweze Somto Maryann

    Wonderful review, inspiring and educative with biblical aspect of it. Very nice work ma.

  • Ben-Egbe Nneoma Andrea

    This is a very beautiful review!
    Wow
    I would really love to to see this movie now.

  • Lotanna mba

    I believe there is no excuse for sexual immorality

  • Ekeh ifunanya Cynthia

    The movie sounds super interesting.

  • Ani Gift Onyinyechi

    I enjoyed your review. I remember seeing a snippet of the movie when I was younger but I didn’t watch it finish because it bored me.

  • Aguguesi God'sfavour Idimmachukwu

    Ilkke how the writer compared the movie to the Bible, On a normal I would have just watched the movie with no Bible inspiration in me, but now I will learn to use the Bible to weigh whatever I watch

  • This story is a very interesting one. Deception still exists , mystical powers are still in existence but we have just one supreme power which is God’s power

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