#Nollywood Movie Review of ‘Torn’

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Ovo (Ireti Doyle) is romantically entangled with her friend Nana’s (Monalisa Chinda’s) husband, Olumide, (Joseph Benjamin) and develops a Multiple Personality Disorder afterwards.  She is determined to kill Nana, believing that the latter snatched her husband.  All hell is let loose as Ovo must win Olumide back.

Moses Inwang’s psycho-thriller on Dissociative Identity Disorder is not only realistic, but spellbinding.  The story is properly investigated and executed.  Ireti Doyle is at her acting best, evoking compassion as the mentally unstable Ovo.  The use of flashbacks keeps the viewer in suspense up until the dénouement.

Monalisa Chinda and Joseph Benjamin are superb in their interpretation of Nana and Olumide respectively.  The ever consistent Bimbo Manuel is at home in his role as a psychiatrist, which is similar to the role he played in Tango with Me as a counsellor.

How did Ovo gain entrance into Olumide and Nana’s home the second time? Granted that as a close friend before the incident, she might have been known to the security personnel or domestic servants, who may have let her into the house, where she took the kitchen knife; how did she gain entrance into the house the second time?  Does it mean the couple leave their house open for people to come and go as they like?

The doctor looks agitated and sounds harsh as he speaks with the Inspector.  He almost takes it personally instead of showing concern for the sick woman as doctors are wont to.  He really sounds as if he and a professional colleague are arguing with the colleague insisting on Ovo’s sanity.  In fact, one can infer from the tone of his voice that Ovo is irredeemable, but the epilogue says that she fully recovers in two years.

The doctor is tactless in dealing with this case.  How then does he expect the police and paramedics to handle Ovo if he loses his temper openly?  Is he not, by his training, expected to show a high level of Emotional Intelligence?

How come the doctor allows an unobstructed mental patient into his office?  Even if there is no sharp object in his office, what about the fear that she may scatter his office and destroy valuable documents and items?  However, there is an unhidden scissors right there.

The film is salient on the fact that people’s actions and indulgencies are directly connected with their mental health.  Looking for a way on a closed road or in a lion’s den, for that matter, is an ill wind that blows no one any good.

Torn is a brilliantly enacted tale and worth buying for keeps as generations unborn have lessons to learn from it.

Amarachukwu Iwuala

Amarachukwu Iwuala

A writer ... in pursuit of excellence

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