All posts by Absar Ahmad

Born on 3rd January 1989 in Aligarh, India. I have completed my Masters degree in Communication Studies. I believe "Cinema" is a very powerful tool to communicate with masses across the world.

Patch Adams Movie Review

Patch Adams Movie Review:

Patch Adams is a 1998 semi-biographical American film. It is based on the life of Dr. Hunter Patch Adams. Directed by Tom Shadyac, the movie stars effervescent Robin Williams in the lead role. Besides featuring Daniel London, Monica Potter, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in supporting roles.

With a good screenplay and and high-quality acting by the cast, Patch Adams is an absolute delight to watch. I particularly enjoyed the music and background score; it is beautiful and goes with the theme of the movie.

Before we jump to discuss the “Criticism”, the movie received over the period of time since its release, let’s have a look at its plot.

Storyline/Plot of Patch Adams:

Patch Adams is a man fighting depression and tries to end his life; there too he fails miserably. He voluntarily admits himself to a mental asylum. There he is touched by the despairing lives of patients and apathy of doctors towards them. At this point in his life, Patch thinks that he now has a “goal” in his dejected life–to become a doctor and help others who are suffering. He leaves asylum for a medical college after confronting with the supervisor.

At college, Patch becomes the top student despite being fairly aged compared to his fellow students. Gradually he makes friends at the college and subsequently starts his own clinic (without any proper Government and Medical Board’s approval). Patch’s life shatters when his close friend, Carin (Monica Potter) is killed by a psychopath. After this incident, Patch leaves everything despite his friends’ disapproval. He again tries to end his life but Monica’s memories give him a new spirit to complete his studies and continue the clinic.

Things take an ugly turn for Patch Adams as he is debarred from the college on charges of prescribing medicines without license. In the climax, he defends himself against the council and wins their trust to complete his studies. The film ends here!

Patch Adams movie has its funny, witty, and emotional moments that make it a must watch for any cinema lover. The last scene, where Patch Adams defends his case against the Medical Council is the best scene of this movie. It is perhaps one of the best acted piece of Robin Williams’ illustrious cinema career.

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Robin-Williams-In-Patch-Adams-1998-Hollywood-Movie

My Rating & Verdict of the Movie:

I am giving this movie a 9 out of 10, despite its flawed and deviated storyline (from the actual life of Dr. Hunter). The reason is quite simple; Patch Adams is a movie that delivers the message it want to convey in an absolutely fantastic cinematic way.

There are people who would strongly disapprove the idea of ‘treating patients with love and friendship’. But as far as I am concerned, I believe that Dr. Patch Adams’ ideas can make a huge difference to the normal “doctor-patient” relationship.   

Patch Adams Trivia:

Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., a 2003 Sanjay Dutt starring Bollywood movie seems closely inspired by Patch Adams movie. However, its director reportedly told media that he hasn’t seen the movie before the release  of Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Quite interesting, right? Once you see both the movies you will realize the similarities between them.

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

Skyscraper Movie Review

Skyscraper Movie Review

Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock: Talking about him one thing comes to mind, “Is There Anything That The Rock Can’t Do”?. The answer is plain NO! With Dwayne Johnson on the screen everything seems possible. In Rampage earlier this year, Rock saved the Chicago city from giant size mutant wolf and crocodile, and in Skyscraper movie he saves his family from the world’s tallest building-set on fire by some terrorists/underworld mafia-with an amputated leg using ‘duct tapes, rope and a few building tools’.

Many people are of the view that Skyscraper movie is highly inspired by 1974’s Towering Inferno and 1988’s Die Hard. I haven’t seen any of them, so it is difficult for me to give any comment in this regard. Without further delay, I would focus on Skyscraper movie review.

Skyscraper Story-line

Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) mets an accident on duty and loses his one leg. He lefts FBI and starts working as a security consultant for skyscrapers. Will gets an opportunity of a lifetime when he is approached by Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han) to assess his upcoming building The Pearl’s (the world’s tallest skyscraper with 240 floors) security. Will decides to take up this task ignorant of the dangers coming his way.

Soon after assuming his responsibilities for the new project, Will gets to know that there are people who want to destroy The Pearl. These miscreants set The Pearl on fire by hacking its security systems. As the skyscraper starts burning from 96th floor, Will attempts the greatest human rescue mission in the history; and that too alone! to save his 2 kids and wife. Don’t worry, I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you by writing details of this rescue mission as it is something worth enjoying on your screens. However, it would be a shame, if I don’t tell you guys that the scene showing Dwayne Johnson climbing a crane and jumping from it to break into The Pearl is the most entertaining moment of Skyscraper movie.

Acting

When you have Dwayne in the movie, one thing is sure: mind blowing action! Although we have seen The Rock fighting and conquering his enemies many times before too. However, this is the first occasion that we saw him nailing it in the role of an amputee. Once again Dwayne has done full justice to his role in a movie. In fact, it won’t be wrong, if we say that it was Dwayne’s brilliance that saved this “Skyscraper” from falling down on ground despite its plain, predictive, and thin story-line.

The rest of the cast too has performed well; the acting of Chin Han is worth mentioning. He is looking great in his role and provides a perfect support to Skyscraper’s script. After a long time, we also saw Wild Things star, Neve Campbell on the big screen (playing the role of Dwayne’s wife).

My Verdict of Skyscraper Movie

I am giving this film, 8 out of 10, mainly for its background score, Rock’s acting, and “The Pearl”. I think Skyscraper is a good one-time watch stuff. The special effects and cinematography are really worth watching. Overall, Skyscraper is way away from a true-to-life movie. A must watch, for all die hard fans of Dwayne Johnson!

Image credit: Skyscraper official site.

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

3 Reasons You Must Watch Karwaan Movie

3 Reasons You Must Watch Karwaan Movie

Karwaan Movie
Karwaan Movie

Three Lost Souls; Two Dead Bodies; A Journey of a Lifetime

The above words sum up what is on offer for all of us in Akarsh Khurana’s upcoming movie Karwaan, which is going to hit the theatres tomorrow across the country. Karwaan is supposedly a slice of life movie that will take you to soul refreshing journey.

Karwaan is a movie that will give you plenty of moments to laugh as well as filling your eyes with tears. The movie revolves around three characters: Avinash (an IT worker), Shaukat (a car mechanic) and Taniya (a student). They all belong to different walks of life with no connection to each other, yet destiny binds them together as they find out that they both have one thing in common. Of course what that one thing is will only be known to us tomorrow once the movie is released.

However, in this article, we will look at 3 reasons you must watch Karwaan movie this weekend.

1. Dulquer Salmaan aka ‘DQ’: When you have a father with a stature of Mammootty, acting got to be flowing in your veins. Karwaan is DQ’s debut movie in Bollywood, but the Malayali heartthrob has already won many awards in South Indian film industry and has established himself as a leading actor there. In the trailer, he looks at ease sharing screen space with Bollywood veteran Irrfan Khan. By the way, the most astonishing thing that I liked about Dulquer Salmaan is his good hold on ‘Hindi’. It looks like we are going to see him in many more Bollywood movies in future.

2. The Mesmerizing Nilgiris & God’s Own Country: Having travelled to Tamil Nadu and Kerala, I promise you that this ‘road journey’ from Bengaluru to Kochi via Oooty will make you fall in love with South India. The trailer shows enough of greenery and scenic spots to give us a hint about this journey of a lifetime that our three lost souls embark on.

3. Irrfan Khan: We all know what he is capable of pulling on screen. So no point in discussing or praising his acting prowess. However, what is worth discussing is his character of a Muslim car mechanic who keeps us laughing in his signature style. This is the second movie in two years where Irrfan is taking us on a journey, in case you don’t remember, in 2017 he took us on a tour de India in Qarib Qarib Singlle. Both these movies have one thing in common–throughout the journey Irrfan and his partner keep meeting new and strange people and learning new experiences that enrich their soul.

The music is given by Prateek Kuhad, Anurag Saikia, SlowCheetah, Shwetang Shankar and Imaad Shah. I particularly liked the song “Chota Sa Fasana”. The other songs too are good with some refreshing music and lyrics.

So, having read this article, I guess it is time you book your tickets on Bookmyshow for Karwaan Movie.

Image credit: Karwaan Movie Official Facebook Page

Written by: Absar Ahmad

5 Similarities Between Mission Impossible 1 & Mission Impossible 6

5 Similarities Between Mission Impossible 1 & Mission Impossible 6

The sixth installment of Tom Cruise’s famed Mission Impossible movie series released last week in India. For many of us, like me, it was the first time that we watched any of the movies of this 22-year running series. When Mission Impossible 1 was released way back in 1996, I was only 7 at that time!

So once I came out of theater after watching Mission Impossible – Fallout, the next thing that was on my mind is to go back in time and watch the first five movies of this franchise. Then finally, last night I watched Mission Impossible 1 and liked it. Although it is too difficult to compare both the movies as they are released over a gap of 22 years, and a lot has changed in these years–especially in terms of state of the art technology that is being used in the Hollywood nowadays. Something that wasn’t there in late 1990s.

However, I noticed that both Mission Impossible 1 and Mission Impossible 6 movies have a lot of similarities–irrespective of the huge time gap between them. So, without further delay, here I am listing down 5 similarities between Mission Impossible 1 and Mission Impossible 6:

1. The Self-Destructive Tape: Yes, you heard it right! The self-destructive tape was first featured in 1996. The similarity is that in both the movies it was shown in the first 10 mins of the movie. However, the difference is unlike Mission Impossible – Fallout, the tape was received by Jon Voight not Tom Cruise.

2. Ethan Getting Framed: Very much like Fallout, in part 1 too Ethan Hunt is framed by his own people as a ‘Mole’ in the CIA.

3. Failing in the Beginning Only to Succeed in the End: The theme in both the movies is same. Ethan and his team fail to complete their assigned task in the start of the movie only to eventually succeed in the end. Quite cinematic! Right?

4. The Helicopter Scene: Yes! A helicopter scene was their in the climax of 1996 Mission Impossible 1 too. The difference though is that in the first part, Ethan was countering a helicopter by climbing on the French high-speed TGV train en route to Paris from London! And, finally he succeeds in destroying the helicopter along with the villain.

5. The “Impossible” of Mission: Impossible: Be it finding a detonator to stop nuclear blast in less than 15 minutes! or finding the Mole by climbing on a TGV! both these tasks are impossible for a normal agent. But then this is what our IMF agent, Ethan Hunt is doing for the last two decades, completing Mission: Impossible!

 

No wonder what my next mission is; well it is to watch the next 4 flicks of this 20th Highest Grossing movie series.

 

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Written by: Absar Ahmad