Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sparrow Productions' back with CheckMate; trailer inside

Sparrow Productions is back with another movie called 'Checkmate'. And this time, they feature Nadia Buari for the first time. The movie's tag line is "play smart or lose everything". The movie seems to be centered around a 'chess game' which is nice. "Life is like a big game of chess, it really depends on the move you make". In the trailer, we hear KSM say "One more catch like this and your promotion is sealed!" How about that for encouraging the Ghanaian police force?

The movie stars Nadia Buari, Ekow Blankson, Naa Ashorkor Mensah Doku, KSM and introducing Khareema Aguiar, Kwaku Boateng and Senanu Gbedawo. I'm excited to see KSM in this movie as well. Which reminds me, is 'Double' out on DVD yet? In ASIAT, we saw Shirley Frimpong-Manso in a cameo which came as a surprise. Are we going to be surprised again with another famous Ghanaian actor? Actually, that surprise is Veeda. Yes, I saw her in one of the Checkmate photos. In fact, Veeda alone, is one reason to watch this movie. Why? Her music video on Youtube still probably has the most views of any Ghanaian musician. For real. I no dey joke. Real talk. Check this

After Life and Living it, Scorned, The Perfect Picture, and A Sting in a Tale (ASIAT), this is the fifth movie from Shirley Frimpong-Manso's stable.

A SHIRLEY FRIMPONG MANSO FILM...."CHECKMATE"....play smart or loose everything. This movie is starring Nadia Buari, Ekow Blankson, Naa Ashorkor Mensah Doku and introducing Senanu Gbedawo. Grand Premiere @ the National Theatre on the 1st of April @ 6:30pm and 9:00pm & @ the Silverbird on the 2nd of April.

Here's the movie's synopsis or story

Kwame has made all the right moves in his life; a good job, a beautiful devoted wife, an adorable child, and an impending promotion as a senior customs officer at the airport.

But what seems like a typical guys hang out on a weekend away from home in the company of his new friend and mentor, Kiki, turns out to be the one wrong move Kwame makes. After losing a game of Chess, he succumbs to a bet to seduce the attractive, sexy Caroline.

A few weeks later, the consequences of a dirty forgotten weekend pops up in Kwame’s life threatening to destroy everything he so dearly loves. But the games are just beginning when he realizes that Caroline’s demand for his love is nothing compared to the demands of a drug lord who will do anything to get Kwame’s assistance in smuggling drugs out of the country.

With his entire life hanging on a thread, Kwame must try to win the game or risk losing everything.

So you think you know the story. Good. Even if you do, you still should watch the movie to see Shirley's directorial brilliance at display. Watch it to see if Senanu is going to be a force to reckon with. Watch it to see if Nadia can really act. Watch it to see if Ghana's dondology crew are spearheading Ghana's movie industry to be a force to reckon with. Watch it.

The movie will be showing from Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 6:30pm to Friday, April 30, 2010 at 12:30pm at the National Theatre & Silverbird Cinemas Accra Mall. It's interesting that it's starting on April Fools' Day, are we going to be fooled in the movie? Is the trailer not really the trailer? I heard you are NOT allowed to pull April Fool's pranks after 12pm on April 1st so maybe that confirms that THIS is no prank. If you will be in Accra around then, go and watch folks, and come back and tell us what you thought.

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