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I Am Legend – Movie Review

Movie: I Am Legend

Year: 2007

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Rating:

7.2/ – 10 IMDb     70% – Rotten Tomatoes    65% – Metacritic

I Am Legend Review:

I Am Legend is a post-apocalyptic science fiction movie. The movie revolves around the character of Robert Neville (Will Smith) a military virologist who is left as the lone “survivor” in the New York city after a virus wiped out majority of the population while those left were turned into “hostile mutants” called “Dark-seekers” as they can’t bear sunlight. Movie tells the story about how the virus broke out and how New York lost all its inhabitants except Robert. Robert also lost his wife and daughter in the evacuation process of the city. Now after few years since the virus broke out Robert lives a solitary life in his house with his dog (a German Shepherd) who is also not affected by the virus. Robert follows a daily routine of finding a cure for the virus and going out and broadcasting a radio message for the survivor (if there is any left). One day while he was out he was trapped by the Dark-seekers and he gets injured, he also loses his dog as he bitten by Dark-seekers and turned into a mutant, so Robert kills it himself.

Later on, next day Robert deliberately put  himself among many Dark-seekers eventually he loses control of his vehicle and fell unconscious. When he wake up, he sees that there is a young woman named Anna (Alice Braga) and a boy Ethan (Charlie Tahan) accompanying him in his house. Anna tells Robert how she and Ethan survived and now they are going towards Bethal, Vermont to a survivors camp, upon hearing this Robert loses his control and keep on saying that no such camp exists in Vermont and that it is futile to attempt to go there. The very same night they are attacked by Dark-seekers in Robert’s house. Robert alongside Anna fights with the Dark-seekers but, he feels astonish to learn that the leader of the mutant group has come to get his wife back (whom Robert had earlier captured for research purpose).

I Am Legend ends when Robert returns the female mutant to her husband and the mutants leave Robert, Anna and Ethan unhurt. After that Robert along with his new friends leaves New York for Bethal, Vermont survivor camp.

My Rating Of The I Am Legend Movie:

I rated this movie 5 out of 10. Mainly because I am not really impressed by the story-line and there are too few actors in the movie to make it exciting. In fact, it can be safely said that there is only Will Smith in the movie. The music and background score too is just okay for me, there’s nothing extraordinary about I Am Legend.

My Verdict Of I Am Legend:

If you love those mutant, virus, apocalyptic themed movies then you might like I Am Legend also. But, if you are looking for some good acting and strong story-line based movie then this is definitely not for you. The good thing about this movie is that Will Smith as we all expect from him has given his best, but the problem is there is hardly anyone else in the movie with a substantial role. So, this is a kind of “one character” based movie.

Vavien – Movie Review

Movie: Vavien (2009)

Country of Origin: Turkey

Language: Turkish

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Vavien Movie Review: 

Vavien is set in a typical Turkish middle class society and revolves around its problems. In the start of the movie one can easily recognize that whatever is happening in the lives of Celal (Engin Günaydın) and his wife Sevilay (Binnur Kaya) is not good. There is an atmosphere of discomfort and uneasiness between them although after being married for several years they still don’t trust each other and that results in a very complex situation for them which leads Celal to make a plan to get rid of his wife. He succeeds in his plan but his plan fails when his wife instead of dying  comes back to home. The camera work and screenplay is fine. All the characters have played their part well and the acting is really good especially by the lead characters. Background music is also good. The name “Vavien” has its significance in a way that it represents a circuit that is used to switch off two lights by the same button. Sevilay asks her husband to make a Vavien for her deputy but Celal replies that it’s difficult he can’t do it. In the end with the help of Cemal (his brother) he successfully makes a Vavien for the deputy and the film ends here with everything getting settle in the life of the couple after they talk to each other. The film gives a very simple message that it’s not impossible to solve any problem, but we need to work on it to solve it.

My Rating of Vavien:

I am giving this movie only 6 out of 10 as I believe it could have been better, in terms of story-line. Although the movie is intriguing but at times the viewer gets distracted from it. Overall, Vavien is good and presents you with a different point of view of Turkish Cinema.

My Verdict of Vavien:

Vavien is tough to digest with its unique story-telling. But, Vavien goes down well as a movie that is different from the league of contemporary Turkish cinema. It is a good to watch flick if you love World Cinema. I personally enjoyed it moderately, but loved the message given in this film.

Jinn – Movie Review

Movie: Jinn

Year: 2014

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Languages: English (Mainly) Arabic & Urdu (Some Dialogues)

Genre: Thriller, Horror

Jinn Movie Review:

Well with all due respect to the director for his “novel” effort to introduce the concept of “Jinn” to the Western and European audience. In my view the “Jinn/Djinn” proved to be a very below par movie. The reason for this is that the story-line is really very weak and the plot too is really not interesting at all. The movie literally goes nowhere with the script. I also have reservations regarding if the concept of “Jinn” is really explained in a proper way or not. I am a Muslim by birth and I have not read or heard anywhere anything like this what is shown in the movie. Although, Jinns live with us in this world without letting us know about it, but there is nothing as such that there is a group of Jinns who wants to rule the world. So, as such there is a flaw in story-line anyways it’s a thriller cum horror movie so no one expects reality in it. But, still the director must have done a bit more research on this subject. Now coming on to the technical aspects of this movie. Besides, that this movie has a star cast who are not very famous it also lag “special effects”. The fighting scenes are really very poorly constructed and it don’t give a feel of a 21st century movie. From acting point of view too this movie doesn’t offer much to its audience. Dominic Rains is the lead character and he is really “pathetic” if not less. Serinda Swan is beautiful and that’s it…there’s nothing in her role too that can appeal you. Faran Tahir and Ray Park are looking as if they are “overacting”. The music/background score of the movie too is not so appealing. Overall, I am of the view that Mr. Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad needs to work a lot if he is “ever” thinking of making a sequel of this movie.

My Rating of Jinn Movie:

I have given 4 out of 10 to this Jinn movie mainly because I didn’t like any element of the movie. The plot, music, acting, special effects etc. all are below par from an average Hollywood flick. To be frank I had high hopes from this movie, but all I end up with is lots of disappointment.

My Verdict of Jinn Movie:

If you have nothing to see at home on a day only then see Jinn Movie that too without any expectations. There is every chance that you might stop seeing the film in the first hour itself. But if you really want to know about the “Jinns” then please read some authentic Islamic Sources they will give you a better picture than this movie.

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