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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

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…!

Ex Machina – Movie Review

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Movie: Ex Machina

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: U.K (Great Britain)

Language: English

Genre: Sci-fi, Drama, Mystery

Ex Machina Movie Review:

I watched this film recently after reading a lot of positive things about it. And after that decided to write a review of it myself. Ex Machina is different kind of Sci-fi movie that has a lot of emotional touch in it. Normally in a Sci-fi movie we don’t expect much of emotions, but Ex Machina unlike the other science based movies has a large part of emotional touch in it. Talking of the characters and the screenplay as well as music, one has to give full marks to the director Alex Garland. He has really done a wonderful job in his debut project. Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury have composed one of the best tracks I have noticed in many years for this movie. The music gives you a very natural thrilling feeling about this film. The special effects too are just awesome especially the way Alicia’s character AVA has been portrayed is just a delight to watch. Coming to the plot of Ex Machina, Caleb is an intelligent programmer in a big software company. He wins a one week visit to his CEO’s (Nathan) home in a secluded area. Soon after reaching Nathan’s place Caleb comes to learn that he has been “deliberately” chosen from so many people in the company. He is there to check the AI (Artificial Intelligence) of AVA (a humanoid  robot) created by Nathan himself. During his many sessions with AVA (Alicia Vikander) Caleb feels a sense of strong attraction towards her as if she is a real woman and she too shows him her affection towards him. Sensing Nathan’s ill intention of “destroying” AVA soon, Caleb decides to take her away from that place. But, he can’t do this alone he needs help for this and he asks AVA to collaborate with him for which she agrees.

The major twist comes in the film when Nathan reveals to Caleb that he already know of his plans. And he was keeping a close eye on Caleb and AVA’s conversation even when it happened in “electricity” failures which were orchestrated by AVA herself.. Upon hearing this from Nathan, Caleb reveals to him that he too figured it out that they are being watched in power cuts so he has already done what it takes to give AVA a chance to go out of this place. In the end, the biggest and most “shocking” twist of the film comes where AVA after killing Nathan leaves Caleb locked in a room and goes out to “explore the human world”. Ex Machina ends here… All we can figure out is that AVA was much “smarter” than anyone would have thought her to be.

Ex Machina Characters To Watch Out:

Alicia Vikander as AVA: Alicia’s acting potentials are known all over the world now especially when she has received awards recently. In Ex Machina too Alicia is given her best her body language and acting are absolutely critical to the movie. Without her the movie s nothing. She is the USP of this film.

Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb Smith: He has really given an intense and great to watch performance as Caleb.His sessions with AVA are wonderful to watch, Domhnall has very well portrayed the character of Caleb.

Ex Machina Rating & Verdict:

I rated Ex machina 7/10, because of the high quality acting and some awesome background score. The story is good enough to keep you engaged throughout the film. If you love Sci-fi movies and have interest in watching movies based on robots then Ex Machina is a must for you. And for those who are not into that Sci-fi thing I will recommend to stay away from this movie as it is very slow and quite “not easy” to understand. Even I saw few scenes many times to understand them completely. But, as a cinema lover my general view is this that everyone should watch Ex Machina at least once. I am sure you will not feel regret after watching this film.

See the Ex Machina trailer to decide for yourself Whether to watch this movie or drop it…

 

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