Last Flight to Abuja (SIFF 2013)

A mix of passengers find themselves on the last flight of the evening from Lagos to Abuja in this Nigerian drama-thriller that starts with a crash landing, then flashes back to show how each passenger ended up on board. The individual stories drew me in with a mix of cheating lovers, corporate misdeeds, rising stars, and shady dealings gone wrong. Though the acting and effects can leave a little something to be desired (when compared to traditional Hollywood thrillers), the overall product was a great effort with interesting plot points and an upbeat soundtrack that kept my attention to the very end.

Provided Film Synopsis
Nollywood's ultra low-budget, stylized action, and pulpy stories, have seen a prolific audience cultivated by DVDs sold on Nigerian streets. While local audiences delight in these films, few attain a level of quality that enables a wider audience. By amassing larger budgets and crafting deeper storylines, a new wave of filmmakers (including Abuja director and screenwriter, Obi Emelonye) aim to bring Nollywood cinema to international attention. Emelonye has developed his second feature with an eye toward current Nigerian events within the airline industry. Opening in the midst of the titular flight's technical problems, the script plays liberally with the film's timeline by slowly unveiling the stories that brought these passengers to this ill-fated flight. Suspense is created through the interactions of a hot shot pilot, a spurned lover, a football star, an executive committee from a Lagos business, and a suspected murderer. A box office smash in Nigeria, Last Flight to Abuja marks Emelonye as a rising star of contemporary African cinema.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Obi Emelonye
  • Cast Members:

    • Ali Nuhu
    • Anthony Monjaro
    • Hakeem Kae-Kazim
    • Jim Iyke
    • Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
  • Countries:

    • Nigeria
  • Languages:

    • English
  • Genres:

    • Drama