Last flight to Abuja: Film Review disaster movie with emotional connection


This film is slowly becoming a classic as a film that really shows that an African film can move beyond the typical gangster, or the rich men trying to bribe everyone or the girls/women all out to get what they can from rich men. A film featuring so many big African stars is set to have an effect, when you put A-listers together you are bound to get a great movie which is worth watching over and over again. Released in 2012  written by Tunde Babalola, directed and produced by Obi Emelonye. Starring Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Jim Iyke. The film which was shot in Lagos, received 5 nominations at the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards and won award for the category best film by an African based abroad.

Like every good disaster movie the characters are essential to the emotional connection for the viewers. We are presented with some simple but captivating story lines which help define the characters and shape this story. In short the story focuses on a group of individuals who are all end up on a doomed plane to Abuja, playing on real life events. Nigerian internal flights do not have the  best safety record this film is very apt. But this film focuses very little on the actually final event and this is the main draw of the film like a magician telling you to watch his left hand whilst he slips a coin out from your ear with the right. You are left at waiting and knowing there is more, listening to the dialogue and watching the events unfold. We think this is a great film to watch and if you are new to African movies the Last flight to Abuja is a great place to start from.


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