Category Archives: Mystery Movies

Andhadhun Movie Review

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Andhadhun movie director Sriram Raghavan and editor Pooja Ladha Surti bring us a thriller with an open ending that leaves you guessing and wanting to know more. Definitely out of the box, Andhadhun is a movie that will fit descriptions of being a crime thriller, laugh out loud comedy and an absurd, brutal movie.

Well Plotted Crimes, Beautiful Music & Blind man’s View:

By now we all know Ayushmann Khurrana, is a blind man and his passion is to be a better pianist. The ray of sunshine with one liners of perfect timing is Radhika Apte. The surprise element is Tabu as a sensual, wannabe actress married to a star of yesteryears, Anil Dhawan. Buff and fit Manav Vij is refreshing as the inspector not at all shown in a cliched way. You do wish the charming and attractive Ashwini Kalsekar had more than the small role she plays though. You almost cheer when Zakir Hussain as the unethical doctor gets his due.

The crimes have been planned and plotted well. Shot with no faults and scenes flow from one to next beautiful scene leaving you literally gasping. You go in and out of shots seeing what the blind man can’t see but knowing the actor is acting and yet wonder at the poker face. You are constantly breaking out in a sweat or laughing. The dialogues are crisp and you feel empathy even for the greedy little boy, Kabir Sajid.

The tale is well spun and you are completely caught up in the web. The twist of stealing organs for transplant seems unnecessary. The saving grace is that you are spared the throbbing music that usually accompanies a drama of this magnitude. Instead you are treated to some beautiful music on the piano and the Andhadhun movie has a soundtrack with ten great numbers you will want to hum.

What you come away agreeing is that karma sure is a bitch and happy that justice is served in the end.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

Searching – Movie Review

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Searching Movie Review:

Searching! A 2018 American tech-thriller movie, written & directed by Aneesh Chaganty in a novel technical way.

Searching Story-line:

A missing teen.. typical leads and misleads, money drawn from the bank and the mysterious texts to the uncle about having had fun.

So, what makes SEARCHING a different film? The whole movie is on a computer, laptop or smartphone screen depicted via social media and modern digital technology. (This technique was used by the same team couple of years ago on a short movie called Noah) . The 102 minutes of picking the digital trail we leave behind and how nothing in our life is a secret anymore. Google search, Emails, Facebook, Tumblr and YouCast helps a father unravel his missing daughter’s life. The window to our lives is the hard disk!

The plot revolves around a father and daughter who barely cope on losing a loved one. The girl disappears from her favourite scenic spot and a well drawn chase leads us through couple of dead ends to an ex convict.

Searching Film Cast & Acting:

John Cho as the father and Michelle La as the daughter wrap you in their story like its your own. The detective Debra Messing, assigned to the case is too good to be true and allows the father to help in the investigation and helps him handle grief as well.

Searching is a movie that portrays intense revelations about how important it is for parents to know about their children’s lives, their friends, passions especially what the children do or want when they are unhappy and upset. It’s important even for young adults to know that their secrets are never safe!

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

 

Hot Fuzz – Movie Review

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Movie – Hot Fuzz

Directed by – Edgar Wright

Language – British English

Country – U.K

Genre – Action, Comedy, Mystery

Releasing Year – 2007

 

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Hot Fuzz Movie Review:

Hot Fuzz is the most successful movie of the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy. And, I too agree to this fact. Compared to Shaun of The Dead and The World’s End, this film is way better in all the aspects. As a matter of fact, Hot Fuzz does have some great laughing stuff in it. Nick Frost is an integral part of this movie and is really funny to watch. Simon Pegg looks in better shape than the first installment of Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy.

Now talking about the storyline. Nicholas Angel is an “outstanding” police constable with 400% greater arrest rate than his peers. Because of his “unmatched skills” in arresting and defeating criminals, he is promoted to the post of sergeant.

But, he is shocked to learn that he no longer will be serving the city of London. Instead, he is transferred to a quiet and small village. Nicholas tries to show his disgust with the department’s decision. But, nobody listens to his plea.

Now in Sanford (An Award Winning Model Village), he notices a “crimeless life” with everyone enjoying their work and life. Here, he meets his new sidekick Danny Butterman (Nick Frosta constable) and the station chief Mr. Robert along with the rest of the police staff.

Soon Nicholas tries to find crime and criminals in the village as per his nature. The situation gets interesting when accidents start occurring in the village claiming lives. Everyone including the police chief is sure that these are just nasty accidents with no connection to each other. But, Nicholas is confident that these are “planned murders” and there is a large-scale conspiracy behind it.  Here starts the most interesting and captivating part of Hott Fuzz. Nicholas and Nick try to solve all the murders only to find out that the all the village elders are hatching a conspiracy to kill him.

As expected from a man with exceptional abilities, Nicholas exposes everyone and wins the heart of the whole department. But, how he was able to do this is something guys need to find out yourself. No more spoilers here…!

Hot Fuzz Movie Rating & Verdict:

I rated the film 8/10. Hot Fuzz has high-quality acting, good direction, and awesome background score. If you believe my words Hot Fuzz is one of those movies that are not to be missed by the movie lovers. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s deadly combo will make you laugh endlessly throughout the film. So, go ahead taste this flavor of ‘Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy’.

 

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Rustom – Movie Review

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Movie: Rustom                                                  Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                         Language: Hindi

Genre: Mystery, Drama, Crime

Rustom Movie Review:

Akshay Kumar has been making great movies of late and Rustom’s trailer seemed to continue his shiny streak. The movie however, is not as exciting as I hoped it to be.

Rustom Story-line:

The casting director has done a wonderful job of picking the right characters. Akshay Kumar looks dashing in his Navy uniform, although the sight of him wearing starched uniform even at midnight when he’s in jail doesn’t seem very convincing. Ileana D’Cruz‘s role mainly was to look pretty and lonely which she has done well. But considering her state of mind when her lover is murdered and her husband is in jail, her prim and proper get up looks misplaced.

Also, there is one scene where she is playfully negotiating with the Navy Chief which didn’t go down very well with me. Arjan Bajwa is convincing as a playboy but his glamorous sister Esha Gupta, though very vindictive, fails to show any remorse on her brother’s death. I don’t know whether that was the way the Director wanted it to be, but it seemed a little unreal. The supporting cast is well chosen and has done justice to their characters. Pawan Malhotra and Anang Desai stand out. They are both spectacular in their performances.

Considering Rustom is a period drama, much attention has been given to the sets and costumes, so much so that at some places it feels overdone. The carefully placed artifacts, the vintage cars which are kept without any real reason, the cigar holder in Esha Gupta’s hands in almost every scene, the ultra glam get-ups scream for attention and remind you that they are film sets, not real scenarios.

Rustom is based on the famous Nanavati case. The real version is dramatic enough to base a film on, yet the director has tried to make the story more complex by adding a top notch Navy scandal in the picture. There is so much spotlight on the scandal that at the end, I was wondering whether Rustom murdered Makhija because of the dirty deal he was party to or because he slept with his wife and refused to marry her. This additional detail also makes you question some of Rustom’s actions and confuse the audience about his personality. The audience is also not told about what happened to the money trail at the end.

Rustom Verdict & Rating:

Overall, Rustom is a good film but could have been made better if the Director would have tied the loose ends more carefully or completely avoided the side story. I would give 3 stars out of 5 to Rustom.

Reviewed By: Aparna Kunal Jain

She manages a Facebook Group called The Movie Club…!