When you hear that Jim Iyke is in a movie that is about a swanky young man who lured an older man’s wife into extra-marital affairs, you would bet that he must be that man. This sort of bad boy role has become more of a brand for this Libreville (Gabon)-born super fine, super talented Nollywood actor, James Ikechukwu Esomugha, popularly known has Jim Iyke. A graduate of Philosophy from Unijos, Jim has starred in several dozens of movies depicting him as a patriarchal male who almost always have his way around women. On Nolly screens, when you see Jim, there is your utmost playboy.
Award-winning movie director, editor, screenwriter and producer, Moses Inwang, in his newest production, Cold Feet, decided that Nollylovers had seen enough of Jim the Roue, and made Iyke play the other side of the coin in this film. Ladies and gentlemen, he ‘kelt’ it!
Cold Feet is about Colonel Mayowa’s (Jim Iyke) wife and her affair with an ex-lover she ran into during a surprise vacation organized for her by her husband. Tare and Omoye, Colonel Mayowa’s wife, once had a one night stand, while she was just engaged to marry him. It was the result of Tare’s offer to make up for the inconveniences caused Omoye by the postponement of a conference, which Omoye has flown down to Abuja to attend. Tare, who was the organizer, had met Omoye venting and shouting down his secretary for poor communications. After much tirade and severally rejecting Tare’s offers to compensate her by footing her flight & hotel bills, plus a truss lunch, Omoye gave in for a dinner, for courtesy sake, knowing she may have gone too hard on him. The aftermath was a one-time love affair that had quite a LASTING impression!
Movie started off with Col. Mayowa pulling off a very romantic birthday surprise for his delectable wife, Omoye, played by the ‘endowed’ Ghollywood actor, Joselyn Dumas. Trust me, it was quite an impressive stunts from an old-generation lover. Here was where Segun Arinze’s snap role came in – acted as Omoye’s boss, who fired her during a top management meeting for just no reason on her birthday! She would later get accosted by the police on her way back home and was even arrested for no valid reason. What a bad day on her birthday she had thought! .And then, here was she at home with the policemen, boasting of how her husband would have the policemen hung for harassing her, and viola, house was packed with friends, colleagues and even her boss, who just fired her. Her charming husband had stage everything to celebrate her. How can you not love such an idyllic husband.
Fast forward to the Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort, where the birthday vacation was to happen (it is beginning to look like Akwa-Ibom/Calabar-born producers are such patriots, they always use their movies to promote local tourism, particular sights and sounds from their states). Omoye was chilling out by the pool side, and suddenly, reactive memories rose from the deep! Okay pardon my poor poetry, I meant from the pool rose Tare, with all the muscles, well-chipped structure, six-packs and counting, all so steamy, and just right in front of Omoye. Young woman suddenly experienced a volcano of emotions. The memory gush of how those well-calved hands caressed her, the trim check overran her face with a hot panting breathing, echoing the pleasure that awaits! My people, that was how Omoye’s sweat vacation with meritoriously retired, lovey-dovey Colonel, turned into depression 101. Back in her hotel room, she couldn’t write, couldn’t focus, became moody and irritant. Sweat Mayowa tried his usual tricks to get wifey back to her groovy self, but to no avail, the fire from 5 years just got rekindled.
Tare, played by Enyinna Nwigwe, was at the hotel with his girlfriend with the intention of ‘popping the question’. The expectant lady (played by Beverly Naya), who had mistakenly seen the ring, was already relaying her live documentary of how the proposal was going to her foodie friend. Unknowing to her, her soon-to-become fiance was now in a chase to restart yesterday with Omoye. Following, Colonel and Tare would become friends in the hotel, Omoye’s unusual attitudes got Colonel (man who worked as a killer and still got a licensed gun oo) suspecting, and Tare would care less who gets hurt in his vile quest to have Omoye back in his arms. Here there was a great interplay in the lives and interests of a happily married couple, a perfect unmarried couple (about to take the next ride up), lust, principles and a magnanimous big heart. Did she fall?
Cold Feet, isn’t a big departure from the normal fidelity tales that has been told by several Nollywood movies. In fact, one could tell what the next scenes would be almost 95% of the time. So if what you are looking out for is unpredictability, this isn’t the movie for you. There was a scene, for instance, where Colonel Mayoma went golfing with Tare in the company of his wife, who he calls his ‘luck charm’. Omoye was rather uncomfortable with presence of Tare, asked to be excused and was returning to her hotel room. Tare, a few minutes later, excused himself also. As she was shoot alone in the elevator…I guess you could tell what happened next.
The highlight of this film would be Jim the Roue, Iyke. Man pulled off the character of a socialite old Yoruba big boy so damn well. He was so good that you would think he should just become another Nollywood stereotype father actor like ‘Oga Bello’. It was a major role switch for Jim, who would have probably delivered better than Enyinna in the playboy role. There was a part were he cautioned another man to stop staring at Tare’s girlfriend. You would just believe the moral sanctity of is loverboy. Abeg, Jim got this one. The usual playboy who enjoys the pleasure of other men’s spouses in several movies, now the victim of that betrayal. Jim Iyke, you got served!
In all, Cold Feet is a quite a nice movie to see. Though not a unique story line, but the beauty is in the details, the word play, scenery and sound. This will surely get a 4 star rating from NollyTrailers! As usual, we engaged moviegoers on their opinions and review of the movie and the general submission is that Cold Feet was a great to watch. The average rating from all the viewers surveyed is 4 stars (see video below for one of the viewer’s comment shortly after seeing Cold Feet at Genesis Cinema, Maryland Mall, Maryland, Lagos).
Cold Feet is still screening in all major cinemas across the nation. Go get your eyes feasted on how lust meets a nature to fall, a will to be upright and the wisdom to pick goodness, love over sex! Cold Feet carries a profound message for all.
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