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Urumi – Movie Review

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Movie: Urumi ( ഉറുമി))

Year – 2011

Country of Origin: India

Languages: Malayalam (Mainly), Portuguese (Few Dialogues Only)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

Rating:

6.9/10IMDb

70%Rotten Tomatoes

My Review of Urumi Movie: 

The story and screenplay of the movie is really good. The camera work is excellent which we don’t often see in Malayalam movies. Almost all locations are Indian and look exotic. The music and songs are really touching with no electronic music being used. All the characters in the movie have performed their part to perfection and especially the way they have been used is worth seeing. Each character has its part to play in the movie and they have done it in style. We don’t see any one being over used or under used. Even the characters of “Vidya Balan and Tabu” which are cameo, also moves the movie forward. The title itself is very interesting “Urumi”. Urumi is actually a sword that is traditionally being used in Kerala (a state in the southernmost part of India) for centuries. Many people today don’t know about this sword but the movie has once again made it popular. The movie takes up a very complex issue that the “Vasco-da-gama” now a world-famed explorer was really an “explorer or something more than that”. It also focuses on the issue that how the global powers have been exploiting Indians and their resources since centuries. Earlier they did it with the power of “gun” now they are doing it in the disguise of “globalization” and “international trade”. Urumi also tells that it is not just because of foreigners we are suffering, but there are many traitors among us also like the character of “Chenicheri”. Our nation can’t progress until and unless we get rid of people like Chenicheri. The movie also shows how Indian culture is made up of brotherhood and friendship by portraying Hindus and Muslims fighting together for their motherland. In the end it can be said the movie is a fine one in all aspects.

My Favorite Characters of The Movie:

Prithviraj Sukumaran as Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar/Krishna Das: He has played his part to perfection and on many occasions you feel like as if he alone is carrying the film on his shoulders. His acting in both the parallel roles is equally good. In fighting and dancing scenes he has given a good competition to great Prabhu Deva in the movie.

Genelia D’Souza as Arakkal Aysha/Nominee of the Plot: She has acted brilliantly and done full justice to the character of “warrior princess”. We have seen a new “avatar” of Genelia in this movie which we are not accustomed of seeing. She is really looking great in all those fighting sequences and we must appreciate the fact that she has come out of her routine “bubbly girl” avatar in this movie.

All the other characters too have played their part well with Vidya Balan as Bhoomi doing a remarkable cameo in the movie. 

My Rating of Urumi Movie:

I have rated this movie 9/10 as I found the story and message in the movie wonderful. The way the story is cinematically presented is an experience in itself. The music and background score too throughout the movie is amazing and appeals to the senses. The locations for shooting are great to watch. 

My Verdict of the Movie:

If you believe there is more than Bollywood to “Indian Cinema” then must watch this one from Santosh Sivan. You won’t be disappointed…!

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