Thalavan Review | A Watchable Crime Thriller That Misses Out on the Wow Factor

The feel-good space has been the safe zone of director Jis Joy, and when he tried something different in Innale Vare, the response wasn’t that warm. Thalavan, his new film, a police investigation drama, is yet another attempt to crack a zone that Jis hasn’t explored. With two strong actors carrying their respective roles with the required heft,… Continue reading Thalavan Review | A Watchable Crime Thriller That Misses Out on the Wow Factor

Otta Review | An Insufferably Bland Film About Toxic Parenting

Being a true story or based on real persons can, at times, be an excuse to cover up the inability of the filmmakers to create something emotionally connecting. Otta, the debut directorial of renowned sound designer Resul Pookutty, sadly belongs to that category of films. The movie is supposed to tell the story of two… Continue reading Otta Review | An Insufferably Bland Film About Toxic Parenting

Kasargold Review | An Inconsistent Thriller With Familiar Twists

Directed by Mridul Nair, Kasargold aspires to be quirky and gory. But the problem is the narrative doesn’t have the flow to keep you excited about the content. Even when they reveal a twist in the tale, it has that familiar feel, or maybe you saw it coming. The backdrop of gold smuggling is indeed… Continue reading Kasargold Review | An Inconsistent Thriller With Familiar Twists

2018 Review | A Structurally Generic Disaster Film With a Brilliantly Executed Second Half

When you look at the latest movie, 2018, from Jude Anthany Joseph on a script level, the placement of characters and events is pretty generic. Since it is a story that is talking about an event that happened just five years back with too much coverage on it still accessible to many, the focus of… Continue reading 2018 Review | A Structurally Generic Disaster Film With a Brilliantly Executed Second Half

Maheshum Marutiyum Review | A Heavily Underdeveloped Wannabe Motivational Drama

Sethu’s scripts have always lacked solid conflicts that would make us root for the emotions or characters in his films. Be it the movies he had written or his directorial debut Oru Kuttanadan Blog, they always had this feeling of a heavily underdeveloped idea that somehow achieved a presentable structure. His new venture, Maheshum Marutiyum,… Continue reading Maheshum Marutiyum Review | A Heavily Underdeveloped Wannabe Motivational Drama

Kaapa Review | A Gangster Drama Inclined Towards Style Over Substance

Kaapa ultimately wants to speak about the never-ending bloodshed in the gangster world. Poetic justice, fear, guilt, etc., are the ingredients that create the characters in that world who are very clear about their wrongdoing and what awaits them in the future. The plot is actually an excellent opportunity to explore that world from a… Continue reading Kaapa Review | A Gangster Drama Inclined Towards Style Over Substance

Kooman Review | A Mixed-Bag Thriller With an Excellent Asif Ali

In Kooman, the latest thriller from director Jeethu Joseph, he somehow manages to crack a story that resembles a blend of his two big successes; Drishyam and Memories. Kooman has one track where the protagonist hides something he has done and then tries to solve a mystery behind a series of murders. Written by KR… Continue reading Kooman Review | A Mixed-Bag Thriller With an Excellent Asif Ali

Rorschach

The exciting thing about Rorschach, the new film from Nissam Basheer starring Mammootty, is that it makes you believe that you have cracked the suspense very early. And it traverses beyond that prediction of ours in a non-jarring way. Written by Sameer Abdul, Rorschach is a brilliant blend of craft-rich making and detailed writing. With… Continue reading Rorschach