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Madaari – Movie Review

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Movie: Madaari                                    Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                 Language: Hindi

Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama

Madaari 2016 Movie Review:

The film got many of us intrigued with its trailer. The punch line ‘बाज़ चूज़ पे झपटा.. उठा ले गया, कहानी सच्ची लगती है लेकिन अच्छी नही लगती! बाज़ पे पलट वॉर हुआ कहानी सच्ची नही लगती पर खुदा कसम बहुत अच्छी लगती है!’ got our attention. Add to it Irrfan Khan, a socio-political back drop and the Director (Nishikant Kamant) who gave us Drishyam and you think you have the perfect recipe of a super hit. Only, it fails to reach anywhere close to our expectations.

The story is fairly predictable and constantly reminded of A Wednesday. It keeps going back and forth, which, instead of adding to the experience took away the impact of some intense scenes. Irrfan Khan is the lone shining star of the film. He’s brilliant and his performance stands out in each scene. You really feel sorry for him when he’s sharing his story with the young boy. Sadly, all other actors are mediocre, including Jimmy Shergill. There was so much potential for Jimmy Shergill’s character but he didn’t deliver much.

Besides Irrfan Khan, the only thing I liked in Madaari was the alternate ending. The Director has shown two possible scenarios – one realistic and one idealistic. The unrealistic one is where you really feel you have had enough. No matter how much you want to believe in the system or in the power of the common man, you know there are some things that will never happen, that can never happen. The alternate end is one of those.

Madaari Story-line:

The film seemed to revolve around father son relationships – Irrfan Khan with his son, the old man who’s collecting compensation for his son’s death, Home minister and his kidnapped son. However, the Home Minister didn’t really seem to care much about his son. Even towards the end when he gets to see his kidnapped son, he shows terrible lack of emotions that a normal person would feel under the same circumstances. I also didn’t understand why the Director needed to bring in the element of Mother who left Irrfan Khan and her son but roots for him on social media years later. Why not just show she died or something!

Rating & Verdict:

Overall, Madaari is an average film, there’s no punch, not enough thrill and the takeaway message is also something that has been done many times before, in better ways. With the little time I have for watching films these days it seemed like a waste of time.

Reviewed By: Aparna Kunal Jain

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Kardeşim Benim – Movie Review

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Movie – Kardeşim Benim        English Title – My Brother

Release Year –  2016                Country of Origin – Turkey

Language – Turkish      Genre – Comedy, Drama, Adventure

Kardeşim Benim Movie Review:

Kardeşim Benim (My Brother) is a refreshing, youthful and entertaining Turkish film. The film stars Burak Özçivit, Murat Boz and Aslı Enver in lead roles. Released in January – 2016 Kardeşim Benim is already the 2nd most successful Turkish movie this year. Mert Baykal’s direction is cool and Zafer Külünk‘s story is good enough to entertain you. Talking of the acting credentials of the cast Murat Boz and Burak Özçivit have done extremely well as “estranged” brothers.

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Burak Özçivit & Murat Boz – Kardeşim Benim

Aslı Enver as Zeynep too is impressive throughout this comedy drama film. The locations are exotic and the countryside Turkey is charming. Murat Boz himself has sung for the movie and the songs as well as background music score is appealing.

Story-line of the film:

Now, let’s talk about the story of Kardeşim Benim film. Hakan (Burak Özçivit) and Ozan (Murat Boz ) are brothers both of whom are musicians, singer to be precise. Ozan, has made a name for himself in the Turkish Pop world and is a national star. While Hakan’s records have hardly done any business. They both don’t like each other and don’t want to see each other’s face. But, destiny has something else for them.

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Burak Özçivit & Murat Boz – Kardeşim Benim

Due to the death of their father and his unique last wish Ozan and Hakan must travel to a faraway city to “sing together” like the old days they use to sing with their father. In the way they help an unfamiliar girl named Zeynep (Aslı Enver). Over the journey they become friends with each other. But, as the things were looking back to normal for the two brothers Ozan gets a shocking news. His pics are circulating in the media over the course of journey. And, he is threatened by his organizers that if he doesn’t turn up for the “concert” they will sue him.

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Zeynep, Ozan & Hakan enjoying their journey…

Ozan decides to continue the journey despite of it. The twist in the journey comes when they find out that they have a “step sister”. Now, comes the real test of character and relationship for the brothers. Hakan decides to find out the truth while Ozan flies back to Istanbul for his concert after he learns that it was Zeynep (who by that time becomes Hakan’s love interest) who sent his pics to the media. Hakan too is disturb and feels cheated.

The film ends when the step sister Ayşe, needs urgent donor to recover from marrow cancer. Both the brothers come for help and one succeeds. Now, Ozan and Hakan again have a family as well as happiness as they once had.

My Verdict & Rating:

I rated this film 8/10. Kardeşim Benim is a bit different from ordinary Turkish movies. There is youthfulness in the film and the music is really cool. One good aspect was the film was its “unpredictability” the story although not too unique, but still keeps you interested all the way. So, my recommendation is to watch this film to get a taste of Turkish Cinema. I am sure you too will love this Turkish Delight… 🙂

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In The Heart of The Sea – Review

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Movie – In The Heart of The Sea

Release Year – (2015)

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Languages – English (Mainly), Spanish (Few Dialogues Only)

Genre – Adventure, Action, Biography

In The Heart of The Sea Review:

Ron Howard, has given us some of Hollywood’s best movies over the years. And, this time too he doesn’t disappoint with In The Heart of The Sea. It is based on real story of sinking of a whaling ship called “ESSEX” in 1820. The film is set in the time when “whale oil” business was booming. And, to sustain this boom shipping firms were sending more and more ships in the oceans far away to gather as much whale oil as they could.

Our ship Essex too was one such ship, it was commanded by Captain George Pollard Jr. (Benjamin Walkerwith Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) as his first-mate. Both the men had their own ambitions and were of contrasting personalities. Straight from day one, when the Essex left for the ocean. It was very clear that these two men weren’t comfortable with each other. Their clash of personalities is one of the best part of this film.

Somehow, they agree to stay together to complete the task they are assigned. The task was to get 2000 barrels of whale oil and go back to sea port of Nantucket. But, things get bad for them when after several months they are unable to find sufficient whales.

Later, at a place in Latin America from a Spanish captain they learn of a place that has plenty of whales. But, that place has a demon too, a big “white whale”. That kills everything coming his way. Now, Chase and Pollard have to choose whether to sail to the place or go back without whale oil. And, as obvious from their nature they chose former.

This turns out to be their biggest mistake that almost costs their lives. The rest of the movie, is all about how they get to that place and actually encounter that devil whale.

Why to watch In The Heart of The Sea?

The answer is quite simple, In The Heart of The Sea has everything a cinema lover would like to see in a movie. The acting is superb by the cast, Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Brendan Gleeson have been exceptionally good in it.

Screenplay and direction is superb and special effects make In The Heart of The Sea a movie to remember forever. For me one outstanding feature of In The Heart of The Sea was its great film score. Roque Baños‘ music has really made this film an appealing stuff.

Rating & Verdict:

To many’s surprise I have rated In The Heart of The Sea 10/10. This film is a box office bomb. And, I am still wondering why this happened to this wonderful piece of cinema work? Most critics have given a thumbs down to In The Heart of The Sea.

Anyways, leaving critics aside, if you are into Mr. Chris Hemsworth movies and love adventure genre. Then without any hesitation go for In The Heart of The Sea. I am fully assured that you guys will love this film.

 

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Mongol – Movie Review

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Movie: Mongol

International Title: Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan

Release: 2007

Country of Origin: Russia, Kazakhstan

Languages: Mongolian, Mandarin

Genre: Drama, War, History, Adventure, Biography

Mongol Movie Review & Storyline:

As I wrote in my previous review about Sergei Bodrov’s unmatched ability to portray the great Asian Steppe and its culture. I am happy again to review another of his “masterpiece” today, Mongol. It is a story of a boy named Temujin, who went on to become the legendary Genghis Khan. The founder of the greatest and largest empire the world has ever seen. Mongol has all the elements a good movie possesses. The direction is absolutely brilliant, screenplay is awesome and cinematography is of top class. One of the best thing about Mongol is its great music and background score composed by Tuomas Kantelinen and Altan Urag.

The film starts with Temujin, a captive of the Tangut Kingdom thinking about his childhood and the hardships he faced for survival. In the flashback we get to know that at the age of 9, he was orphaned and had to struggle hard to stay alive which he did with the help of his God “Tengri”. Temujin makes a friend, Jamukha (who would later turn out to be his biggest nemesis). The movie sheds a light on the social and cultural life of the Mongols of that time. Temujin’s rival tribe abducts his wife, Borte that hurts him. To get back his wife Temujin seeks Jamukha’s help and they go to war with the Merkits (tribe). After getting back his wife, Temujin leaves Jamukha saying that he is a master of his own and can’t serve him as his second in command. Here starts a conflict between the “blood brothers”.

The story then goes on and we see a small phase of happiness in Temujin’s life. But, the time comes when he has to choose between family and his destiny. And, unsurprisingly he chooses the later. The movie ends when Temujin unites many tribes of Mongolia and defeats a large army of Jamukha and his allies. After the win, Jamukha is captured by Temujin’s men. As per the historical records Jamukha was executed by Genghis Khan, but in the movie he is seen as spared by Temujin.

My Favorite Scene from the Movie…

Rating & Verdict of this film:

I rated this film 9/10, and without any doubt it deserves this rating. Mongol offers some intense acting by lead actors. The action sequences are well-directed and one of my favorite scene was the last battle scene. Tadanobu Asano as Temujin is a brilliant choice and he never let us down. His power packed acting keeps us glued to our seats. Honglei Sun as Jamukha is equally impressive as well as explosive. The rest of the cast too has performed good.

As far as this film’s historical accuracy is concerned I am not sure about it as the history of the Great Mongol Leader, Genghis Khan has been written after his death and there are many “inaccuracies” in each account. Anyways, for a movie lover Mongol is nonetheless an absolute delight to watch. I would recommend it to everyone who loves history based films. 

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