BY CHRISTIAN KEN ANICHE & EROMO EGBEJULE
Apparently, the bashing and trashing of several flicks churned out from the stables of Nollywood seems to have had a positive effect on the industry as new pictures with drastically improved plots and storylines continue to replace the old, making impacts and touching lives.
Most of the new-age directors are now telling African stories in an African way, but with enough Western sophistication to begin to wow even the most cynical of critics. These days, more people are talking about our movies and a good number have inculcated the habit of going to the cinemas to see these movies. The resurgence of cinemas has added great value to the industry and is guaranteed to keep producers smiling to the bank. Even though there are still avoidable errors in some of the new-school movies and a lot wrong with it, it is perhaps not too early to proclaim that the 20-something year old industry has come of age.
Below are synopses of some of the most ‘talked about’ films in the Nigerian stratosphere in the 2012 season.
AWAKENING: It tells the story of a young man whose life changes after a series of fatal dreams which come true. With the help of an ambitious journalist, he is able to uncover the truth about his dreams and the truth about their lives. The movie stars O.C Ukeje, Bryan Okwara, Kehinde Bankole amongst others and was directed by James Omokwe.
BROKEN SILENCE: This is the story of a playboy who seems to be content with his life. His world changes dramatically when his elder brother dies, leaving a son for him to raise. Against his fiancée’s wishes, he hires a nanny to look after the boy who he unexpectedly falls in love with. It stars Uche Jombo, Uti Nwachukwu, Tonto Dikeh and is directed by Nollywood veteran, Desmond Elliot.
HOODRUSH: This is the story of two brothers closely bonded by their love for music, but deeply separated by their means to success. It stars award-winning OC Ukeje, Bimbo Akintola, Gabriel Afolayan, Ijeoma Agu amongst others and directed by Dimeji Ajibola.
JOURNEY TO SELF: A group of childhood friends are brought together by their friend’s death. While waiting for the funeral, they are forced to confront their past and their secrets through a series of letters left to them by their dead friend. Amazons Ashionye Michelle Raccah, Dakore Egbuson Akande, Nse Ikpe-Etim Sule amongst others star to great effect in this moving story.
LAST FLIGHT TO ABUJA: It is a high-quality tragic thriller and the first Nigerian movie to be set in an aeroplane. Mid-air, the aircraft suffers major mid-air problems leading to a fatal crash. Hollywood star, Hakeem Kae-Kazeem joins the best of Nollywood; Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, Hakeem Kae-Kazeem, Jim Iyke, Ali Nuhu, Jide Kosoko, Celine Loader to star in this flick directed by award-winning director, Obi Emelonye.
MY LIFE, MY DAMAGE: It deals with the consequences of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS. A young lady who lives a reckless life abroad as a drug addict is given a rude shock when she discovers that she’s HIV positive and now has to seek redemption for herself. The movie stars Tonto Dikeh, Kalu Ikeagwu, Bobby Obodo, Bukky Wright and others and was produced by Uche Jombo Rodriguez.
PHONE SWAP: When an arrogant upwardly-mobile business executive and a cheery fashion designer exchange lives after accidentally swapping their mobile phones at a busy airport, you know that you’re in for suspense, intrigue and a healthy dose of romance. Multiple award-winning director, Kunle Afolayan delivers in this movie with a heavyweight cast including the like of Nse Ikpe-Etim, Wale Ojo, Ada Ameh, Chika Okpala, Chika Chukwu etc.
THE FLOWER GIRL: A true romantic comedy that involves the life of a shy florist who is desperate to tie the knot with her long-time boy friend. Contrary to her expectations, the boy friend suddenly breaks up with her, leaving her devastated. In a desperate bid to get him back, she teams up with a most unlikely ally, a famous playboy in Nollywood. Tinsel’s Damilola Adegbite and the elegant Eku Edewor join Patrick Doyle and others to star in this flick.
THE MEETING: Lagos-based corporate executive, Makinde Esho (Femi Jacobs) embarks on a trip on behalf of his company to Abuja where a scheming official, a power-drunk government minister and other factors combine to frustrate him. The movie parades A-list actors, Rita Dominic, Jide Kosoko, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Chinedu ikedieze, Kate Henshaw, Chika Chukwu, Basorge Tariah Jnr. Directed by Mildred Okwo of The Audrey-Silva Company (TASC), it also showcases talented Tinsel duo, Femi Jacobs and Linda Ejiofor.
TWO BRIDES AND A BABY: Man proposes, God disposes. A couple find this out when they plan for a beautiful wedding ceremony and hope for a blissfull life thereafter, until the unexpected happens. Now, they must together fight for what they believe in or forever lose their hope of a happy life together. It stars Stella Damasus, Oc Ukeje, Kalu Ikeagwu, Okey Uzoeshi, Keira Hewatch and Chelsea Eze. It is directed and produced by Blessing Egbe, who also plays a lead in the movie.