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Watch Trailer For Nollywood's Most Anticipated 2012 Film - Disaster Thriller "Last Flight To Abuja"

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 13, 2012 2:02 PM
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It's being called one of Nollywood's most anticipated films of 2012 - Obi Emelonye's follow-up to his 2011 fantasy/adventure hit The Mirror Boy.

Titled Last Flight To Abuja, the expensive (by Nollywood standards) disaster/thriller (the first of its kind - an airplane disaster movie with special effects, shot with ARRI Alexa digital cameras) is said to be inspired by true events; an airplane suffers major mid-air problems which leads to a fatal crash.

The longer description reads:

A set of everyday Nigerian traveller’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?

Dun-dun-dun-DUNNNN! :)

Sounds like those melodramatic Airport movies of the 1970s doesn't it? I think George Kennedy was in every single one.

The Facebook page for the UK/Nollywood project says the film will make its world premiere on April 5th, although it doesn't specify where exactly. Likely in Nigeria and parts of the UK first (Emelonye's Mirror Boy had a limited run in the UK and was said to have been a box office hit, relatively).

I haven't seen The Mirror Boy so I can't offer any commentary on director Obi Emelonye's talents, but the below trailer for Last Flight To Abuja doesn't immediately win me over. Then again, it's Nollywood, and Obi has been one of those Nollywood directors pushing for the kind of quality and production values that will afford Nollywood product the same kind of worldwide respect as Hollywood films. Where Last Flight To Abuja fits into that long-term mission remains to be seen. I'm encouraged by the use of ARRI's new line of digital cameras. Those babies are a beauty.

Watch below:

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  • Bruce | February 27, 2012 1:27 PMReply

    Mirror Boy by the same director did not live up to it's expectation which is why nobody talked up the film once they watched unlike the films Figurine and Ije. Mirror Boy was one big disappointment even though producers would have you believe otherwise. I am hopeful that this should be better but the effects I see are to comical to be taken seriously

  • CT | March 5, 2012 12:02 PM

    Bruce, its easy to hate on any movie, but get your facts right about The Mirror Boy being 'one big disappointment'. If that was the case why is that The Mirror Boy became the first Nollywood movie to receive a cinema run in the UK, breaking records for African cinema along the way and why is it that no programmer outside of Nigeria has ever bothered to book Ije or Figurine for a cinema run and I know they both tried. I respect both filmmakers especailly Kunle, but its not a competition, if it was then The Mirror Boy has won hands down on a global level against those 2 films. Stop hating Bruce, because the global audience isnt

    Re the trailer, I agree that the CG in the film is way below what everyone is used to, but you should know that those were the very first run CG and apparantly the CG guys working on the film have moved on a great deal since this trailer was put out so that the director's fans could get an idea of what the film was like. Since mid Feb the trailer has had nearly 19,000 plays, which says a lot for its word of mouth as it has not been marketed anywhere major. Too many cineastes talking the talk and not enough real filmmakers on here

  • Donella | February 21, 2012 7:41 PMReply

    Are there zombies? Kidding! I just watched Rec2 and Flight of the Dead so those airplane disaster movies are on my mind.

  • QUENTIN | February 14, 2012 1:01 PMReply

    @ 00:54, was that suppose to be a real plane? Those SFX isn't cutting it. Also, I'm having trouble looking past the glossy, Digital video look.

  • Channel | February 14, 2012 1:50 AMReply

    I love African films being african myself. I watched Mirror Boy in London and unfortunately, it did not live up the forced hype. I'm not looking forward to this. Maybe on DVD. The trailer also feels a bit pointless.

  • CT | February 14, 2012 10:19 AM

    Well each to their own, I suppose. I watched The Mirror Boy too at the premiere and whilst 20% of the audience didnt like it, the rest did, like me. The word of mouth afterwards was generally positive and the result was that 4 months later it beacme the first Nollywood movie to be released in cinemas and broke records for any African film ever released in the UK (including the much more hyped Viva Riva, which was a better made film) and did the same for a Nigerian film released in Ghana. Its the 3rd highest grossing film in Nigerian cinema history and in its first week of release in Nigeria was the No 1 grossing film across W Africa. Ive studied the film cos I want to get into African movie marketing and in the end the audience decides and I think that film went a long way in taking things to the next step for Nigerian & African cinema across the world. It has also become the most awarded film in Nollywood history. Overall the Nollywood industry is overhyped and generally slavishly follows the Hollwood star system without having the levels of production quality in front of and behind the camera, but you cant blame them for trying to hard sell their films in an overcrowded place. The net result is that without any publicity budget The Mirror Boy is getting demands from Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Sth Africa and America to bring the film there. Anyway Im not here to defend or promote The Mirror Boy, Ive just got a lot of respect for guys who are doing something about taking things forward and trying their best to move Nollywood cinema on beyond the usual soap operas masquerading as cinema. I wish them the best.

  • Cherish | February 13, 2012 6:00 PMReply

    I want to support this film and Nollywood. I would love to see a (good) Nollywood movie in a movie theatre rather than buying 4 movies for $20 when I get my hair done in my African hair-braiding salon (wife braids while the husband sell movies) in Brooklyn. Please post what theatres this will be shown in when this comes out.

  • CT | February 13, 2012 5:27 PMReply

    I think the trailer works well enough and makes me want to see it unlike a bunch of movies that have a lot more money and bigger name and 'better' actors in them. I like the fact that the director is pushing the boundaries of what folks expect to see from Nollywood and Im sure he is doing it for very little money in movie terms. I hear his last film was made for around $75k and has made over $150k so far. Dunno if thats good business or not, but doubling your money works for me.

    That actor Hakeem has been a few big Hollywood movies and the rest of the cast look cute. I think we gotta stop bringing these folks down because for how much us over here might think they aren't cutting it on various levels at least they are getting their images out there and aren't complaining about wether Hollywood is gonna fund them or not. Something that is really beginning to grate with me about a lot of black indie moviemakers.

    Let's support them and they can only get better. We all came up from somewhere, didnt we? I for one will be going to see this if it arrives at a cinema near me or at least watch it on DVD, and wont bother if it aint got Denzel, Viola, Anthony Mackie or Thandie in it either.

  • Anthony Monjaro | February 15, 2012 10:54 AM

    CT well said. Thanks for so much for your support.
    The industry is still growing and the likes of Obi Emelonye (Director of the film) is highly appreciated for their story telling skills. I worked with Obi on this project and I am proud to be a a shoulder in building and supporting the Nollywood industry.

  • Kia | February 13, 2012 2:23 PMReply

    I'm sure I'll be hated for this, but... this is why there are only 400 plus people who signed that petition to ban Thandie's participation in Half of a Yellow Sun. The acting in that was hurtful to say the least.

  • a reader | February 14, 2012 9:14 PM

    "I'm sure I'll be hated for this".

    You're right. j/k. I wouldn't say the acting was that bad. I'll watch it.

  • CT | February 13, 2012 5:12 PM

    I dont understand

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