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Welcome To Karachi – Movie Review

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Movie: Welcome To Karachi 

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: India

Language: Hindi & Urdu

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Rating:

4.5/10 – IMDb 

33%  – Rotten Tomatoes

Welcome To Karachi Review:

Before writing anything about the movie, I would love to emphasize the fact that it is a “Political Satire“. However, it may not be the best of “Political Satires” that we have seen till now. But, keeping in mind the films that have hit the screens this year so far, it is definitely one of the best till date. Now coming to the film, it can be said conspicuously that it is has a totally “illogical” story-line. But, as this is a comedy what else would you expect? The ending of Welcome To Karachi is really very “unsatisfying”. One would have been wondering actually what happened to “Shami and Kedar”? The visual effects of this movie are just “okay” there’s nothing to tell about it. The music is fine although not too great. The main “USP” of the movie is its cast. Be it Arshad Warsi, Jackky Bhagnani, Lauren Gottlieb, Adnan Shah, or Ayub Khoso. All the characters have played their role very well. Even, the small characters too have given awesome performance. Among the scenes that I like the most is the one that happened outside the Indian Consulate Office in Karachi. It may be an exaggerated scene with no reason and logic but, it conveys a very clear message in the form of “stupidity” that how today’s “International Relations” are going on. Every country is jealous of its rival and want to “eliminate” it. The move also sheds a light on “American” involvement on Pakistan’s land and how things are manipulated. The truth is not always what we see, it differs from person to person. I am happy to see that this movie doesn’t promote any “ultra nationalism” or “hatred”. The director has dealt well with a weak but, comic story-line. For me Arshad Warsi was the one who really carries the movie along on his shoulders. Arshad is well-known for his ‘comic” roles in Bollywood and once again he delivered it well in “Welcome To Karachi”.

My Rating of Welcome To Karachi:

I have rated the movie 9 out of 10 mainly because of its small but powerful punches of “dark political satire” and some awesome acting by the cast. With just over 2 hours this is a wonderful comedy film to relieve your mind of all the tensions you may have.

My Verdict of Welcome To Karachi:

If you like some “lighthearted” cinema that make no sense. But, gives you entertainment and lot’s of funny moments to laugh about then go for this. I bet you will not be disappointed. Just forget the “logic part” and enjoy the movie…! Anyways there’s very little logic in India and Pakistan relations!

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Three Kings – Movie Review

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Movie: Three Kings (1999)

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English, Arabic (Few Dialogues Only) 

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, War

Three Kings movie is set in 1991 Iraq after the end of Gulf War-1. The movie competently portrays the situation of  the region after the end of Gulf War-1, when the “uprising” takes place against the rule of Saddam Hussein in southern Iraq. The movie tells how after the end of the war nobody including USA ( supposedly the savior of the region in that war) was caring about the people, who were brutally suppressed, looted, tortured, and killed by the Iraqi Army.

All that everyone was caring about was to get their hands on the “gold” that Saddam’s Army has looted from the Kuwaitis. Even the media, which is supposed to be “neutral and unbiased” was thinking of getting more and more stories and not helping the people.

What I Liked About The Movie:

Three Kings gives an idea about the political situation of Iraq during that time and how the “inconsistent” US foreign policy has affected the lives of millions of people including “pro-Saddam and anti-Saddam”.

The screenplay is very good and the locations used for filming Three Kings movie look genuine. The story has a comical way too and it really keeps you on your toes till the end. The actors have performed really well, and it can be said everyone has done justice to their roles. The background music is also good but can not described as great like in many other war-themed movies.

Characters To Watch Out In Three Kings:

Archie Gates (George Clooney): Mr. Clooney is a special actor whom you can’t describe well enough, knowing his range and versatility. Throughout the movie, it is his character that has a resounding presence on-screen. He takes the limelight away from other co-stars.

Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze):  He is an idiotic but nice at heart person. His only wish is to go back to the US and earn a decent living there. He takes the center stage when it comes to doing comedy in the film. His body language and dialogue delivery are immaculate.

My Rating & Verdict Of Three Kings:

I am giving this film 8 out of 10. The main reason for this is that it is not a one-sided story. The film shows both the sides of the coin. It is especially evident in the character of “Said”, who while torturing “Troy” speaks things that hit our brains. The character of TV reporter Adriana Cruz is also very though provoking and gives an insight of how media handle things. Her dialogue in the end, “why this war happened in the first place she doesn’t still understand it” sums up all.

Although it can’t be denied that Three Kings at some places exaggerated many things, but it is expected as it is a commercial cinema. If you are looking to see an action-packed drama movie that has comedy as well as emotional punch in it, then Three Kings is a must watch. In the end, you will also get to know how things can be made better by properly managing conflicts anywhere on this planet.

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Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

The Man from UNCLE – Movie Review

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Movie: The Man from UNCLE

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English, Russian (Few Dialogues only)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, History

The Man From UNCLE Movie Review:

After more than a month it is screened in my city. I finally watched “The Man from UNCLE” last Monday. I went to see this movie after comparing it with other movies that are being screened nowadays in my city like “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Hitman: Agent 47, The Transported Refueled, and Fantastic Four. And I can merrily say now that I took the right decision.

I am a big movie buff and rarely miss a good Hollywood flick. For me, in a movie three elements are vital – Music, Acting, and Story-line.

The Movie’s Story-line/Plot:

I can safely say this movie scores in all aforementioned departments. The start of the movie itself is very nice and for me it sets the tone of what we are going to experience in next 2 hours. The car chasing scene at the start of the movie is a delight to watch.

There are a few other action scenes too that are good to watch.

Coming to the cast, I can say it’s Perfecto! I can’t imagine anybody else in place of “Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander”. These three are the heart of this movie. The supporting cast too is well picked and they all have given their best.

If, I have to judge this movie solely on its story-line, then it would be a little tough for me to applaud this movie as it has an ordinary plot or rather a very common plot. But, when we put the acting, music, cinematography, and story-line together this movie without any doubt becomes a treat to watch.

Dresses & Cars in The Man from UNCLE:

Seeing the dresses and cars used in the movie, it gives you a very ‘authentic’ feeling of the 1960s. The music of the movie is really one of the best I have noticed in recent times. I found the full soundtrack of movie on You Tube and enjoyed it.

One thing that disappointed me about this movie is it’s end. After watching the movie, I felt as if the “inflated balloon just busted” without any sound. The movie started well and paced well in the middle, but somehow towards the end, it lost its charm. What I am trying to say is that “the end” could have  been more appealing and exciting rather dull the way it is.

My Favorite Characters of The Man From UNCLE:

Armie Hammer (Ilya Kuryakin): Well, to be true I never heard of this guy before this movie. But after seeing his performance in this movie, I have become a huge fan of him. More because of his look and “Russian English Accent” than his performance. He is portrayed as a tough Russian KGB agent who only knows one way of doing things and that is “through the use of sheer muscle power”. His romance with Miss Vikander (Gabi) and his never-ending tussle with Henry Cavill (Napoleon Solo) is a treat to watch. For me, Armie took it away from our Superman.

Alicia Vikander (Gaby Teller): I saw her for the first time in “Seventh Son” and felt that she is a talented actress, who has a lot to offer to us. After seeing her performance in this movie, I am quite satisfied with her progress.  Alicia looks very genuine in her approach towards the role of Gaby. Her character is very well-written and she has done full justice to it.

The Man from UNCLE
              A Star Studded Affair…

My Rating & Verdict of The Man from UNCLE:

I give 9 out of 10 to this film as it is very refreshing and makes you happy. Overall, it is a good to watch movie with its 1960s Cold War era theme and some awesome acting by the actors. On the top of everything, the “Music/Background Score” of the film is very pleasing to ears and takes you to the late 1960s. 

If you are looking to see some spy theme-based comic movie then go for The Man from UNCLE. It is a very well-balanced package with occasional pieces of laughter and some thrilling action. Above all, whosoever loves the US-Russian rivalry of the Cold War Era, will surely love this movie. 

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad