No, I am not guilty of wanting to see this movie or of persuading and coercing my boyfriend; it was actually the other way round.
“The trailer is so good”
“So?” I asked, “Does that mean the movie will be?”
“But you said they used the Arri Alexa, the most expensive camera in shooting this one, so what’s wrong?” The confusion on his face was a rare sight.
I had always yapped on quality pictures and audio so I could understand his confusion…a little. Not wanting to explain about storylines, I grudgingly agreed. We arrived at the cinemas 30 minutes late and that definitely was not my fault.
“Two tickets for last flight to Abuja please”
“That’s 600 naira for the two Sir”
I grabbed a catalogue as we walked towards the hall. The movie was on as we walked to the back seats.
“Hmmm…uhmmmmm….daddy don’t go…” The little girl actor’s voice hit me as I sat down. What! Were we still in the age when we used children who couldn’t be more vocal? I know for a fact that we have great child actors…the KKB Children Show on Silverbird TV is an example of where child actors can be sourced from. There was also this TV show then ‘Just the two of us’ the child actors there were excellent, good projections and excellent vocabularies….so what were we doing with “daddy don’t go….don’t go…daddy don’t go” added with that annoying whining sound?
Of course we all know the movie’s story is about events that led each individuals to board the flamingo flight to Abuja…those going for a corporate party -3 in number – others bailed at the last minute; an elderly couple; a ‘supposedly’ heartbroken fiancée – she wasn’t, even after catching her fiancé red-handed on bed; a just discovered young sportsman and his agent and two other passengers.
Top acts and I don’t mean actors…I mean outstanding acts were:
Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Adesola); Anthony Monjaro (Pilot – Captain); Uru Eke (Air hostess); Celine Loader (2nd Pilot)…I chose these four because of diction and for bringing flashes of brilliance to the movie.
Celine and Hakeem were wonderful…Hakeem is known but this could open doors for Celine. Yes, I know I didn’t mention the names you wanted to hear Omotola, Jim, Jide and others but as I said diction should be part of acting because kids watch and listen and when these people speak anyhow or construct grammar without mixing it properly, you have the kids and the youths replicating these mistakes.
Secondly, there was no chemistry between Omotola and Jim…it was a flat performance…whoever did the casting obviously needs to do a thorough home work next time on casting.
Okay now to the scenes…I enjoyed the tete-a-tete in the cockpit between the two pilots – I preferred it to the Omotola and Jim’s part – and Celine did well and even though Anthony lisped lightly…it was okay especially when they were trying to take control of the faulty aircraft…I felt their scene and was impressed; the only blip in their scene was the ray of the twilight sun coming in through Anthony’s side and running an interference with his face.
I also enjoyed Hakeem’s part and whenever he spoke he brought life to his part of the scene. Uru, the air hostess behaved like a professional all through.
If anyone has watched VANTAGE POINT and how it was played, I would say this is what they were trying to achieve but it fell flat. Vantage Point was about the assassination of the American President on a foreign soil and so when the President was shot in the beginning; the story was told through five people’s point of view and when it reached the scene of assassination, it was rewound back and the story would start again from the point of assassination but this time from someone else’s point of view and this led to our understanding of why each person were where they were and how they came to be doing what they did at the point of the assassination and their actions after what.
LAST FLIGHT TO ABUJA was a confusing back-track jumble with no clear point of view…the only two scenes that were in flash-back was that of Hakeem and Anthony-the pilot and of course the plane did not CRASH…it crash landed and only one person died and that was Hakeem who clearly did not want to leave the plane due to his many sins – he was a murderer and a fraud.
The scene where Jim Iyke ‘supposedly’ jumped off the plane was too fake…the graphic for the fire was too much and of course we did not see him jump and fall…we just saw him open his eyes in fright, scream and then a graphic fire behind him and thereafter he was with Omotola.
The scene where the Parents of the child actor praised the child for her intuitive ability after watching the crash on Television…I am sorry I did not feel that scene at all after all no one died except Hakeem who clearly wanted to die with the plane; that scene would have worked if the plane crashed with no survivors.
In my humble opinion, I would have given it a little nod if the plane had crashed. I know Hollywood does not allow its heroes die except in extreme circumstance but the British have no problems in killing its heroes in her movies…that is why I prefer English movies – a good storyline and a dose of reality even though their acting is crap – than Hollywood where everything always works out – top acting which they use sometimes to cover for a crappy storyline.
I believe we can do better; it’s good we used the most expensive camera to shoot the movie but that shouldn’t be the oars we should rest on. Again, a good story with good editing and we are good to go.
Thank God I watched Adam Sandler’s THAT’S MY BOY; the light movie helped cleanse and
P.S The Dark Knight Rises was pure crap…tufiakwa! I preferred the Vampire Hunter (Abraham Lincoln). Goes to show what big bucks and box offices can do.