Insensitive or a Call for Justice? Watch “The Four Boys” Trailer – A Nollywood Movie Inspired by the Aluu4 Tragedy

The Four Boys

International movies based on real life tragedies such as September 11 and the Holocaust have generated controversy over the years as being insensitive or simply “too difficult” for families of those involved to accept.

The new movie from Nollywood powerhouse production company, Simony Production is titled The Four Boys. The movie is inspired by the tragic lynching of 4 University of Port Harcourt students in October 2012 – Aluu4.

Produced by Sylvester Obadigie and directed by Morgan Ukaegbu, the movie stars 4 upcoming actors Zubby Michael, Paul Sambo, Johnpaul Nwadike and Junior Omoigbaele as the lead character as well as Chiwetalu Agu and Angela Okorie.

Official Synopsis

Based on a true life story, the lead actors played the roles of the four UNIPORT students that were brutally murdered by a notorious vigilante group in 2012.
The movie shows the lifestyle of the boys, which indicated that the boys had great ambitions and a strong desire for education, music, and entertainment in general. Until that unprecedented tragic and horrific incident occurred after the boys were wrongfully accused of stealing laptops and phones. There is a lot of twist to the story, as it was indicated that one of the four boys had previously loaned his friend a lump sum of money before, which was one of the key factors that led to that horrific incident.

Watch the trailer

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Based on the trailer, the movie is pretty graphic. BN Movies reached out and here is the feedback we got. While a segment of people believe this is insensitive, “too soon” and/or “not the right way” to tell the story; others strongly support the movie as a way of raising awareness about the case and similar issues especially because after the initial outrage, there is little media coverage and there has been no legislative moves regarding jungle justice.

Please let us know your thoughts.

45 Comments on Insensitive or a Call for Justice? Watch “The Four Boys” Trailer – A Nollywood Movie Inspired by the Aluu4 Tragedy
  • Tobechistyle February 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Too soon, is right. Never having watched the gruesome tragedy ( I could never bring myself to do that), the movie portrayal is much too soon and reopens only sad memories. It would be a jest to say the intent of the movie was for altruistic purposes. You know and I know, it’s more for monetary value. Show some integrity!

    tobechistyle.com

  • Opsy February 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Na wa o!

  • red soul February 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    im not one to speak so strongly or sound judgmental on sensitive issues… but NO!!! no no no no NO!!!!

    this is highly inappropriate.and insensitive. This is a crime which is still a sore memory on a nations mind. its just TOO SOON. if they were really determined to create awareness, they could easily have made a documentary interviewing close family and close friends of the ill fated four, reliving experiences, telling stories and creating a relationship/bond between the public and these boys to remind people that these were children, brothers, friends and fellow HUMANS who were wrongfully accused and murdered for a crime they knew nothing of and justice has still not be served thus-therefore WE DEMAND IT. I think this is a ridiculous ploy to make money at the expense of the grieving families and friends left behind. Such a sad story made trivial by a horrid combination of bad acting, directing and producing. Shame!

    • Iphie Obiechina February 12, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      You spoke my mind

    • jamila February 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Red soul i totally agreed with you,if the act the movie for fund raising to help their families is a different case but in Nigeria such things don’t happen.this like rising another case and putting the Nation in grieve may God help Nollywood ooo.i seriously dislike this movie.

    • Nonye February 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      @Red soul, you are so on point. A mere film is too soon and is purely for the money and that will be very insensitive to people who were directly affected by this tragedy. While I have not watched this movie or the reality video cos it is too gruesome, I probably will fail to understand what the morale of the movie is. I ask that ppl boycott this movie as I am not sure what purpose it will serve. Perhaps to remind us of what happened? When we can watch it on you tube. Or is it a call to action? Without a movement for a bill or an act to stop indiscriminate killings. Dear Mr. Producer, if you want to make an impact in this life and make a name, please do a proper documentary and let the whole world know what is happening in Nigeria.

    • Myne Whitman February 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      A documentary would have been the better way to go!

  • My own business February 12, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I’m not against the movie, because it depicts a reality, my only question is how will it be concluded, because I don’t think justice has been quite served to the people who actually committed the crime…..I may be wrong, can someone clarify?

  • nene February 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    i don’t mind telling the story, but filmmakers should tell a creative story, not this fake blood i’m seeing here.i also hope the acting will be good.

  • Sexxie February 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Highly insensitive! Timing is inappropriate. The last one was just buried in december. How will their families feel? Did the producers seek their consent and permission? Knowing our country, the answer will be NO! I’m heartbroken again :'( :-(

  • Chyke February 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Simony neva makes gud movies. D acting even luks fake. Dey can neva copy well. Mtchewwwwwwww!

  • Yon February 12, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    This is the height of insensitivity. The movie has got to be banned. Period.

  • e-bukun February 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Are you kidding me? Is there a film review board? How did this joke of a “biopic” scale through? I honestly hope the parents sue the filmmakers. This is insensitive, and knowing nigerian filmmakers, the facts will be wrong.

  • Floxy February 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    @my own business yes hw re dey going to conclude it knowing fully dat dis case is still pending or re dere going to do d normal nollywood talk “watch out for part two”to me oh dis movie is senseless nd rather too soon anyway God know say i no go watch cos d real killing i watched had a very bad effect on me so bad dat for days i was afraid to stay at home alone nd to sleep at night nd i cried a lot dat was when i uderstood d meaning of viewers discreetion is advised.

    • jade February 12, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      I am soo with you on that one. I couldnt close my eyes for days because all I could see were there faces covered in blood. No way am i going to watch that. no way!!!!

  • asemota enoskhare a February 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Not happy about tis.it will open up a lot of wounds.I pray d authorities incharge of Nollywood wld put a stop 2 d circulation of dis film.

  • ifybabe February 12, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    short of words, all i can say is yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

  • Jennifer February 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I totally agree, it is too early. And it’ll leave one with no sense of justice, no vindication whatsoever. This is part of the reason why true life stories take a while to be told in motion picture cos it takes some time for justice to be done, for wounds to heal somewhat, even in developed countries & Hollywood.
    It’s in poor taste, and if permission wasn’t sought from the families, then that’s just really bad.

  • Sopie February 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Nigerians are stupid. Simple and short.

    • e-bukun February 14, 2013 at 6:48 am

      How many Nigerians? Does that include you?

  • www.dprodigaldaughter.com February 12, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I think Simony production has bitten more than it can chew this time around ….

    dprodigaldaughter.com

  • Iceprincess February 12, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Get rich quick scheme!!

  • nnenne February 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    personally i think its too early but then again, when will the time ever be right for a movieabout #Aluu4 to be done? truth is that no matter the time the movie is done, the families and loved ones of the unfortunate boys will never forget or completely get over the horrible incident. the producers of this movie should have waited for sometime before embarking on it. atleast let’s hear the last of this and let the families get over it a bit. but what do they care, afterall its none of their family member.

  • jade February 12, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I could never watch it or support it. It remains a diseased memory in my mind that i will never find a cure. I am still wreaking for the true life images to even sit a watch a movie portrayal. WAY TOO SOON. No No No No!!!!

  • Mo February 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    IT IS JUST TOO SOON!

  • creamy February 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I think the producer was just trying to simulate the life style of the boys, their hope and dreams and how it was cut short by their grusome murder. Maybe by this justice will be served because this happened in september and aside from the initial arrests, nothing else has ben heard on this case.

  • Mr Universe February 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    No, it’s not too early, the time will never be right. In Nigeria we often forget things very quickly, so the sooner the better. How many people that really need know what happened watch documentaries? Pop culture, especially movies are one of the best ways to spread a message. If the story is told properly it not only grips people’s mind but can teach people a lesson. When ever you dramatize a story it really sticks with people and they never forget.

  • Itohan February 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Insensitive. It’s just too soon. The producers and all linked to the movie are simply out to make money. Allow the souls of the Aluu 4 rest in peace. It’s just too soon.

  • loo February 12, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    what happen to ten years later…………..
    What happen to a documentary…………
    its not even up to a year why????
    must money always be the ultimate of this life, this movie should be banned until justice is served

  • Winny February 12, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Bella Naija you are aiding and promoting this money making vulture called Sylvester by putting up this trailer on your site. Please out of respect for the ALUU 4 Parents and families, kindly remove this trailer cos it’s a betrayal.

  • molarah February 12, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Just wondering, how come nobody thought “Last flight to Abuja” was released too soon in the wake of the Dana plane crash? And THAT one was released only a month after the incident?

    No one, especially close family and friends, ever gets over murders of this gruesome kind. So saying the producer should wait a bit till the family gets over their grief is simply telling him not to release it at all.

    Movies have a power to not only entertain us, but to engage us and stir us so deeply that we are jolted to action. If the makers of this film set out with this aim in mind – to help us see the gravity of this crime and to keep this incident fresh enough in our minds that we are determined to make sure it never repeats itself – then they have done nothing wrong.

    • Partyrider February 13, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Last flight to Abuja was already in post production when the Dana crash happened. The movie was done in memory of the sosoliso plane crash which happened 7 years ago and it was pretty much completed BEFORE the Dana crash..so it is totally different.

      I remember reading of LIB about this movie less than a month after that incident happened,
      Somebody somewhere is looking for a way to make money..

      The families should sue the director and producer of this movie for what legal reason they can come up with just to stop it from hitting out TVs

  • Chi February 13, 2013 at 12:17 am

    “Last Flight To Abuja” was already wrapped before the Dana crash occured. In fact when it happened, the producer/director tried to shelve the premiere, out of respect for the families of the victims.

    This monumental joke, with the ridiculous trailer above, was produced (very badly, I might add) because some semi-illiterate liar was trying to make a quick buck. When they started shooting, it was all over the media that this drivel was being done because of the “Aluu 4″ – the idiot actually released a statement saying it wasn’t, and for “Nigerians to give it a chance”.

  • Let Us Be Heard February 13, 2013 at 1:35 am

    A resounding YES! to this film. There is NOTHING like ‘too early’.
    This is what the average Nigerian understands and whether good or bad production, the message of the inhumanity of jungle justice MUST be preached. Documentary is STILL a film, so what does it matter?
    Nigerians do not like to relive any bitter history whatsoever, which is why we don’t know about colonialism, slave trade or even the Biafra war. Even now, people are telling Achebe and Adichie to ‘let bygones be bygones’, how stupid!
    Yes, the ALUU 4 will forever live in our hearts. It will never be to early to have their memory celebrated, neither will it be too late to be reopened.

    All I can say to the production company is, instead of all the irrelevant sidetracks that Nollywood perverted producers are fond of (such as the breasty ‘touch me’ scene), I would suggest a more profound painting of their existence and a sound ending that will make everyone understand the evil in jungle justice. All those excess girls you’ve promised movie roles can definitely be edited out and something meaningful made out of this gruesome event that we MUST NEVER FORGET.

    • amdi February 13, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Do you know what contempt of the court implies? This movie goes against the court process…having that the people who are still alleged to have committed this crime are still in court, this movie will lead to bias which directly or indirectly will affect the outcome of the case. The producer and the marketer of this movie if we are in a sane society can be arrested and charged for going against court ethics.

  • hana February 13, 2013 at 4:55 am

    This is insensitive, and exploits these boys memories and will hurt the family psychologically more. They should have done a documentary and used it as a stepping stone to call for justice for youths and people not in power. The government should have created a permanant memoriam to honour these boys life, but no just like every other thing in nigeria the government looks the other way.

  • Rukky February 13, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Hope it was produced and directed well. Hope it focuses more on facts than it does on fiction. Hope the families of the victims are consoled by the fact that the world will get to see and hear their sons’ story. Hope both the young and old will learn something from the movie. As painful as it may be, I wona check it out.

  • Lil Miss February 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Hmmm…..knowing how most naija movies turn out (poor directing, horrible production,way less than average acting, ridiculous titles and unnecessary sequels), I don’t see this been any different. Just a lame attempt to make some money. It’s sad that justice still hasn’t come for the Aluu 4.

  • adaeze February 13, 2013 at 10:52 am

    i never could watch that video because i felt it was too gruesome, and now barely a year after it happened there is a movie. i feel its too soon, way too soon, these families are still grieving. besides im very certain its for monetary purpose and not for justice, knowing the kind of country we live in, where everyone does things for their own selfish reasons. This isnt nice and they shudnt have gone ahead to produce this movie.. im highly dissapointed at chiwetalu agu, being a veteran, he should have known better. The aim of bringing out this movie is to create controversy, so that it will sell because they know it will definitely get mixed reactions. Not good at all.. We should be more sensitive.

  • Som-t February 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Disappointed like seriously,what are they trying to achieve with this movie………..

  • Peaches February 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Who authorised the go ahead of the movie, that’s one thing. Am sure the families of the deceased will NOT have signed to a movie made on this tragic event. It’s too soon and should never be made as a movie…. BN Please do control what goes on your site, am not saying you shouldnt put true stories here that are gritty, but this is too much. Bringing flashbacks and all… A documentary sure, but a movie???? To be banned and not released. Sorry Director, this is just wrong and insensitive, i know you want to share the story, but the real video was too much to bare, seeing this in a movie/biopic format is not the way to go. Filming school is still much needed in Nigeria..

  • Timma February 14, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Hmmmm,am not against the movie but like I asked BN team on Twitter earlier in January,the case was adjourned initially to Dec 20 2012,how come even our own Bella Naija didn’t cover the case????? That is if it even held?The mother of one of them,Mrs.Biringa petitioned the house,what came out of it? As a citizen of this country and a mother of 2boys, I jpoin my voice to Mrs.Biringa’s voice and sream for justice!!!!!!!BN team I strongly believe U can help us here,PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

  • Timma February 14, 2013 at 6:48 am

    ,I join my voice and scream for justice

  • Tunmi February 15, 2013 at 4:43 am

    I say yes

  • deetz February 15, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    its not too soon ! It is much very needed, or else this nonsense will occur again. The last time my friend send me a link to a video that showed two men getting burned because they stole potatoes. They got burned alive and not one single person objected to that cruel behavior. I hate to admit this but Africa is sick ! I say this because their justice system is so very corrupt. We must learn to find better dissaplains for crimes instead of killing each other. It is sad and very not right. I know this will be hard and grusome to watch but we have to participate and vow to never let this happen as long as the earth still spins ! We have to fight for justice in any way we can !

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