Nigerian Movie Review Two Hearts
(Continuation – Troubled Hearts)
Date of Release: 2011
Story – Chijioke Nneji
Screenplay – Michael Jaja
Director – Chijioke Nneji
Producer – Michael Jaja
Mercy Johnson – Violet
Majid Michel – James
Charity Eke – Mimi
Wasky Oguebu – Chief Okaro
Esther Audu – Sophia
James Gardiner – Nkpuma
Stella Ikwuegbu – Regina
Destiny Etiko – Ugo
NollywoodForever.Com Rating – 64%
In this thrilling fast paced drama Mercy Johnson plays Violet a high maintenance city girl whose car breaks down on a rural deserted road. She comes face to face with odd vagrant hunter James played by Majid Michel who is armed with a gun and warns her that she is in dangerous territory. Wearing killer heels she begins ends up following James to his home to find specific directions on where to find a mechanic, only to end up stranded and spending the night in a shack with him and his mother. It is here that she learns the background to his very odd and hostile behaviour. Violet herself has her own dark secrets she is harbouring and the two are drawn together in light of this.
Music helped set the scene and set the pace in the movie. There was a very tense energy in the scene where James and Violet first meet. Majid Michel was great in his role. He put me on edge with his nervous high energy and quick talking.
Violet fights back against her father and and I loved it. She tells him,
“I may have been too young to fight back or protest when you sexually molested me but if you ever come close to me again I will kill you.”
I love that she stood up and called her father a molester and a rapist. The right words were used. She didn’t call it “making love” as atrociously many other Nollywood movies have called such abominable acts. The father is unwavering in his lust for daughter,
“Don’t you understand that what we have between us is sacred and a bond.”
“If you want me alive and if you even claim that you love me you must accept us.”
These are the things that violet’s father would use manipulate and guilt her into continuing a cycle of sexual abuse. That is how a younger child may even think that what their abusive parent is doing to them is right. I did however wonder why Violet didn’t just take some of her father’s money and run off and start a new life, however the psyche of someone who is sexually abused is one that is hard to analyse because what may seem rational to me may not seem so cut and dry to someone who has been through such abuse.
Is it possible that James is autistic? His mother tells Violet,
“James has a strange character. He does not relate very well to people he does not know very well. It’s not you he does this to everybody…”
His mother claimed that James like Violet but this is not the way that we would expect a regular person to behave to show fondness or like towards someone. Even with his own girlfriend he was many times awkward or inappropriate, in the same way that I have seen people with autism/Asperger’s behave. His “disability” was never mentioned by name and the fact that he had developed this behaviour as an adult after trauma made me think “maybe not.” Although people with Asperger’s may not receive correct diagnosis until adulthood I have never heard of it being brought on because of trauma, the odd behaviour is always there, just maybe not labelled.
Violet asks James if she can help him while he fixes her car,
“Can I help?”
“Yes do me a favour and shut up.”
Nollywood Forever Says What?
We see Violet’s father rubbing violets boobs in a photograph and then kissing it. Say What? Weird.
I thought that it was despicable that the house help enable the father to attempt sexual molestation with his own daughter. Say What? Money really talks.
I enjoyed this movie and would recommend it. Majid Michel and Mercy Johnson are in my top actors list, so it was wonderful watching them acting alongside each other. The chemistry was right and they played their roles well. The story was one that kept you glued to the screen wanting to know what would happen next, I only watched parts 1 and 2 but from the previews it became apparent that there was a 3and 4 called Troubled Hearts, which I will be looking out for. However the editing is bad and many times the sound would cut out so you would just see people’s mouths moving. Luckily it would just be a few words at a time but it was annoying nonetheless. There was also the problem of scenes being dragged out too long, nevertheless it’s a thumbs up.