African/Nollywood Films (4)

Hey all…sorry for the late post. Today, I went to see the Nigerian thriller ‘Last Flight to Abuja’ It was an interesting film. The film is loosely based on the plane crash of Dana Air Flight 992/Nigeria’s aviation issues. It was an interesting film. The director Obi Emelonye also attended the screening. He spoke about the booming Nigerian/Nollywood film industry and for us to be kind to his film, as most Nigerian films are made on low budgets  🙂

The acting was decent. The film supposedly stars some of Nigeria’s biggest movie stars. I don’t know who the stars are, but one guy looked just like Isaiah Washington 🙂

My one issue with the film was the obsession with relationships/romance. I know this tends to be a standard in Nollywood films, but it kind of worked my nerves 🙂 I know some of it’s because I’m not really into romantic type films, but it was also because of the portrayal of women in the film. Women were basically folks to be conquered/seduced, okay to be cheated on/lied to, and evil/manipulative. Also, all the women kind of looked alike. I also didn’t care for one of the characters lamenting about folks thinking she’s a lesbian, because she’s a pilot. This seemed out-of-place for a contemporary film…

Other than some of the eye raising gender issues, the movie held my interest. The plane crash wasn’t as scary as one would think (maybe because of the low-budget factor). And damn it, why was a character asking a woman on a romantic date, as they are going down! *Sigh* Ha, ha!

It’s still a good movie to check out:

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Author: Tonya J.

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