Checkmatemovie.ghanalinxThe latest movie, ‘Checkmate,’ from the stables of Sparrow Productions, drew a large audience at its premiere Thursday night at the National Theatre.

This is the fifth movie after the release of ‘Life and Living It’, ‘Scorned’, ‘Perfect Picture’ and ‘A Sting in a Tale’. The movies, directed by Shirley Frimpong-Manso, have so far won the hearts of many for the high standards they exhibited and many have said her movies are among the few that hold hope for Ghanaian movies internationally.

Shirley,’s two movies, ‘Perfect Picture’ and ‘A Sting in a Tale’ together got 11 nominations at the 2010 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMMA) and hope to win some awards at the grand event on April 10 in Nigeria.

Unlike the usual intermittent power cuts that have bedevilled other movie premieres lately at the National Theatre, one will say Shirley was lucky to have premiered the movie twice the same day there and and walked away with a clean sheet.

‘Checkmate’ stars Nadia Buari, Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku, Ekow Blankson, KSM, with new entrants Senanu Gbedawo, Khareema Aguiar and Kwaku Boateng.

The Story

‘Checkmate’ tells the story of Kwame (Senanu Gbedawo) who 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 guy’s hangout on a weekend away from home in the company of his new friend and mentor, Kiki (Ekow Blankson), turns out to be the one wrong move he made. After losing a game of Chess, he succumbs to a bet to seduce the attractive, sexy Caroline (Nadia Buari).

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 knew he must try to win the game or risk losing everything. Holding firm to his values, he managed to win the ‘game’ by getting the drug baron and his accomplices arrested.

The movie is captivating and it tells the story of real life situations that one can easily be trapped in.

The storyline exudes humour and is easy to understand. This accounted for the constant laughter, cheers and claps from the crowd.

Movie enthusiasts who filled the National Theatre for the premiere walked home satisfied, having had value for their money.

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