Paul Papel’s action drama Eagle Wings has been reported since last year, enrapturing the internet with its first footage showing fighter aircrafts, explosions, and sporadic gunfire. The film’s outsize tableau and gritty action sequence are impressive, and knowing it’s a collaborative effort between Papel’s production company and Nigeria’s AirForce throws in a good kick.
We have a fighter pilot, played by Enyinna Nwigwe, who is serving his country in combating insurgency and must reckon with the strain its exerting on his family. The Airforce engagement in neutralising Boko Haram militancy is well-documented, and oftentimes there are reports of men and women paying the ultimate price in operations.
The final trailer shows a snapshot of this, and the overwhelming anxiety stemming from being caught in a mission. Eagle Wings is a departure from Papel’s lukewarm, under-the-radar movies like Fantastic Numbers and Why Not?, and stars Femi Jacobs, Yakubu Mohammed, Uzee Usman and more. Eagle Wings is out in cinemas in March.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies, anime and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.