By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 10, 2013 at 10:53AM
Obi Emelonye's airplane disaster thriller Last Flight To Abuja, one of the most expensive and highest-grossing Nollywood films to date, said to be inspired by true events, is now available for global audiences to watch for FREE on YouTube, via IbakaTv - an online destination for Nollywood cinema.
So if you're been curious, given all the chatter over a film that we've been following for about a year now, here's your chance to check it out for yourselves.
The longer description reads:
A set of everyday Nigerian traveler’s board the last Flamingo Airways flight scheduled to fly from Lagos to Abuja on a fateful Friday night in 2006. The plane cruises at 30,000 feet, tranquil and on schedule. But like a bolt out of the blue, through a mixture of human error, technical failure and sheer bad luck, the plane rapidly develops major difficulties that sends it teetering on the brink of disaster. As the pilots fight with the controls of the stricken aeroplane, a series of flashbacks unravel the twists, turns and leaps of fate that put each passenger on the fateful flight. Young lovers, an elderly couple, a corporate party, a sportsman on the threshold of greatness; all the passengers are caught up in the nightmare scenario and sense the final moments of their lives approach. All...except one! What does he know? Will they survive... the Last Flight to Abuja?
Last Flight To Abuja made its world premiere in June 2012 in a star-studded London event, and was later released in several African countries (in addition to Nigeria) including Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.
Shot on ARRI's recent new line of digital cameras, the film stars some of Nollywood's famous names like Omotola Jalade-Ekiende, Jim Iyke, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Ali Nuhu, Jide Kosoko, Uru Eke, and Anthony Monjaro.
Director Emelonye has been one of those few Nollywood directors pushing for the kind of quality and production values that will afford Nollywood product the kind of worldwide respect Nigerian filmmakers of his ilk desire, while still staying true to the Nollywood brand.
Where Last Flight To Abuja fits into that long-term mission remains to be seen.
I have yet to see the film - I only just learned about its existence on IbakaTv's YouTube channel last night, so this will also be my first time watching it, as I'm sure it will be for a lot of you reading this. I'll share my thoughts some time afterward.
But it's certainly been popular; IbakaTv uploaded it to its YouTube channel on September 13, less than a month ago. And it's already approaching 1 million views.
So if you'd like to check it out, the full 75-minute feature film is embedded below: