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“Sully” Movie Review : Chesley Sullenberger’s Tale Touches The Heart

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Movie: Sully                                                                           Release Year: 2016

Country: U.S.A (Hollywood)                                                Genre: Drama, Biography

Language:  English

Sully 2016 Movie Review:

Directed by Clint Eastwood, Sully is an adaptation of a book written by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The film is based on the famous incident of “Miracle On The Hudson” where an US Airlines plane ended up landing on the water and without any causality on 15th January – 2009.

For Sully’s review I am not going to talk about the film’s storyline as everyone knows about this incident. I will rather focus on other cinematic areas and how Clint Eastwood has executed this story on the big screen.

The film’s starting sequence is great to watch and sets the tone for the movie. Although what follows next for about one and a half hour is not that “action packed” as you would expect from the first scene. But, then the movie is not supposed to show anything extra then what actually happened on January 15th 2009.

Clint Eastwood has kept everything simple and easy to understand for the audience. There is nothing over dramatic or constructed in Sully. The film follows the events as they occurred and tries to tell the “behind the scene” story of what actually prompted the Captain to land on water. Even the scene of landing on the Hudson river feels almost the replica of the actual footage of the incident. There was some criticism of Clint Eastwood for showing NTSB in bad light. But as a viewer I didn’t feel it. Yes, they are shown as professional and strict guys, but then this is their job and they were simply doing their job.

Why to Watch Sully?

Well, when you have Tom Hanks in the movie what else you would like to see? Yes, Mr. Hanks did it this time too. He looks awesome in those white hairs and mustache and you will love him in this avatar. Tom as Captain Sullenberger has literally carried the movie solely on his star prowess. Aaron Eckhart as Jeff Skiles has done a decent supporting job. Talking of direction, the camera work looks extremely decent. Editing is sharp and background score is slow but good enough. I liked the last part when Tom and Aaron are facing the public hearing that was an emotional and captivating part of the film. The manner in which Captain Sullenberger defends himself is worthy of watching.

The movie gives us a clear picture of what actually was going through the mind of Captain Sullenberger when he decided to land on water. It also shows his dedication towards his job and the human nature’s weakness as well as strong side. And, the most important of all “humanity is still alive”…

My Verdict & Rating:

I gave a thumping 9/10 to Clint Eastwood’s Sully. It is based on real events and they are shown with utmost truthfulness that I really appreciate. If you are a serious cinema lover then go and watch it. Just one thing from my side “Sully is a slow-paced film and you need patience to watch it”.

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M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Review – The “Untold” Remains Untold In This Supposedly Biopic

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Movie: M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story                                   Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                                                  Genre: Sports, Biography

Languages: Hindi (Few Dialogues in English)

M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story Review:

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, was among the most anticipated films of Bollywood this year. The reason is quite simple, it is supposedly a biopic on Indian’s greatest captain and perhaps its best cricketer (at least in terms of achievements in International Arena). The movie has a tag line “The Man You Know, The Journey You Don’t”. All this made quite a buzz around the movie months before it was released. The movie got even more attention when in May this year Emran Hashmi starer Azhar (Azharuddin’s Biopic a former Indian Captain too) failed to charm the audience and critics. But, unfortunately after all these big talks M.S. Dhoni’s so called “Untold Story” too fails to do justice to the “Biography” genre.

Well, I said this because in a Biography you got to show the good as well as bad times and circumstances. But, Neeraj Pandey’s Dhoni biopic has very easily bypassed the “controversies” that the Indian Captain has gone through or have at least seen in his playing career. The reasons can be many but two of the widely speculated ones are:

  1. This movie is being funded by Arun Pandey (A close M.S. Dhoni friend and associate).
  2. M.S. is still the captain of the Indian National Cricket Team in One Day and T20 formats. And, he is willing play till 2019 (something he said in a press conference earlier this year).

So, amid all these scenarios Neeraj Pandey’s M.S. Dhoni doesn’t turn out to be a great piece of cinema, but yes a popular movie for the masses in this “cricket mad” country.  The movie talks about Dhoni’s life till 2011 World Cup. And here lies a great setback for audience like me. We wanted to know so much about his relations with Ganguly, Gambhir, Sehwag, Zaheer and many others. But, nothing has been told about them and abrupt ends of their career. Mind you meanwhile Gautam is back in the test squad but the others have retired long ago.

We are also not told how Dhoni always keeps calm in tough situations? Is it natural or something he has developed over time. There is also no mention of his relationship with Lakshmi Rai? We also don’t get to know what happened in IPL that led to the suspension of Chennai Super Kings (A team Dhoni has lead since the inception of IPL in 2008). His close association with N. Srinivasan (Former BCCI Chief) too has been kept at bay from the audience. All in all, it can be said easily that M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story is a great PR attempt for the Indian captain that sidelines all the tough/rough/controversial phases of his career and focuses mostly on his struggle to become a cricketer. The movie of course tells the story of his deceased girlfriend (Disha Patani as Priyanka Jha) and present wife (Kiara Advani as Sakshi)

Well, after all the criticism in the above mentioned part you might not be willing to read this review any further. But, as a movie/cinema lover I got to do this while writing. I am not criticizing Dhoni or his tenure, but I am just not convinced with this film been an “Untold Story”. Whatever is shown we all know thoroughly. It is just that I am disappointed with Neeraj Pandey who is a very good director, but it seems he too was not brave enough to rack up any controversy. Anyways, now let’s talk about the good part of it.

What’s Good in M.S. Dhoni’s Untold Story?

While biopic nature of the film will be a topic of contention. There is no dispute in the fact that Sushant Singh Rajput has won the hearts with his acting. I am extremely glad to see his body language that would make even Dhoni blush. He has mastered it all very well. His way of talking and face expressions too are very much Dhoni like. It seems that this movie will be a landmark movie for Sushant’s future as a “movie star”. Kiara Advani too is convincing as Sakshi (although there’s not much for her in the film anyway). Disha Patani has done a fabulous job as Dhoni’s first girlfriend. The rest of the cast too has given their best. It’s a nice thing about M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story that despite no big star playing any other cricketer’s role the film has still looked pretty decent and one feel no void in it. The music of the film is really great and enjoyable. Editing is fine, choreography competent and background score comprehensive.

My Verdict & Rating of the film

I would rate M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, 7/10. The film has all aspects of being a good movie and it’s a must watch for cricket lovers as well as general audience. But, there’s a word of caution from me “Don’t just think that you now know all you wanted to know”. Because the legend of M.S. Dhoni is not over yet and there’s much “UNTOLD” in it that we would love to know about and will know one day…

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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