Dhamaka

Dhamaka from Ram Madhvani is a film that is taking a lot of effort to feel like a sensible thriller. On paper, this adaptation of the 2013 Korean movie The Terror Live looks intriguing. But when it comes to the film, Ram Madhvani can’t really give enough space for the moral conflict of the hero.… Continue reading Dhamaka

Aaha

Seeing how the climax of the new Indrajith Sukumaran film Aaha focuses on the spirit of the tug of war sport, I really wished it had a better build-up in the first half. Directed and edited by debutante Bibin Paul Samuel, Aaha is definitely not a lazy product. But it somewhere felt like an overwritten… Continue reading Aaha

Jan-e-Man

What I found fascinating about debutant Chidambaram’s movie Jan-e-Man is that the margin for error is extremely thin for this film. The plot of the movie has two extremes that have a stark contrast. But the way it culminates made me admire the writing of this film. Chidambaram takes this plot that feels like a… Continue reading Jan-e-Man

Ellam Sheriyakum

Ellam Sheriyakum, the new Asif Ali – Rajisha Vijayan film by Jibu Jacob, is a safe bet script that plays it for the gallery. The apolitical stand we see in the “political” movies in Malayalam cinema can also be seen here. With a foggy conflict and bumper sticker lines about party politics and family, the… Continue reading Ellam Sheriyakum

Churuli

I know a section of the audience who felt Jallikkattu from Lijo Jose Pellissery was just Girish Gangadharan running behind some hyper-active locals. And for the same audience, his new film Churuli will feel like a movie where he decided to cut loose all his actors and allowed them to abuse each other to the… Continue reading Churuli

Squad

Usually, when star kids in Bollywood decide to make their debut, they opt for some remake to play it safe on the content side. But actor Danny Denzongpa’s son Rinzing Denzongpa chose to opt for original content to mark his debut, and sadly for the viewers, the film is a celebration of mediocrity. Squad, the… Continue reading Squad

Red Notice

Red Notice starring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot, feels like an Abbas Mustan movie written by Ryan Reynolds. If you let Ryan speak his own line, there is a high possibility that even the most generic scene will look like a funny one. And Red Notice from director Rawson Marshall Thurber depends heavily… Continue reading Red Notice

Dune

Denis Villeneuve’s sense of minimalism in depicting grandeur is one of the signature things that set his movies apart from his contemporaries. In his films, the supernatural or the so-called scale factor essentially becomes a backdrop for the story’s emotional core. In Dune, the latest adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel, one could see similar… Continue reading Dune