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MOVIE REVIEW " Resident Evil: The Final Chapter "

 

MOVIE REVIEW " Resident Evil: The Final Chapter "

 3 out of 5 (Good) 3 out of 5 (Good)

Director: Paul W. S. Anderson
Box office117.7 million USD
Music composed byPaul Haslinger

 

Production companies: Capcom, Davis Films, Impact Pictures, Capcom Entertainment

 

Milla Jovovich just seems to get better and better at action with every film. And this film has action from scene one. There are zombies and monstrous creatures galore to keep your eyes glued to the screen.

 Milla Jovovich has perfected that stare which you can see on the posters everywhere. She's reprising her role as Alice, the enemy number one of Umbrella Corporation. Umbrella Corporation is responsible for the release of the T-Virus that has wiped out most of the Earth's population.

This movie tells us why the zombies have been unleashed upon the world. The zombies are as creepy as ever, running in hoards after live people, which are dwindling fast. Alice of course fights and fights every hoard with newer tricks up her sleeve. Milla Jovovich is in superb physical condition and nothing she does seems to be out of whack or impossible. Considering that the film is the result of a video game, the action in the film is just as satisfying.

The creatures that have evolved from the deadly T-Virus are scary. The first encounter with the creature keeps your heart in your mouth and the popcorn in your hands. The tank with the zombies running after the hapless victim tied to the tank is just as heart-stopping an event as the zombies trying to get to the resistance.

The resistance is made up of people who trust Milla as much as it is made up of those who don't. But they have one common enemy and their numbers are growing. But time is running out on the one hope Alice has: To reach the headquarters of the Umbrella Corporation and find the antidote...

The one hour forty seven minute ride outrunning zombies, fighting baddies, falling down, getting beaten up and dealing with the Tyrant - Dr. Issacs who just won't die. You will find yourself whooping and cheering the violence instead of being horrified by it, but then that's the nature of this film series. 

Movie Review 'Raees'

 Movie Review  'Raees'

U/A; Action/Crime/Drama
Director: Rahul Dholakia
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Rating: 3/5

This underworld drama is so over-packed with material that either 148 minutes of this film will seem too long to you, which it is; or in fact, far too short to patiently absorb the story of the rise and fall of an Ahmedabadi bootlegger don — without the audience feeling slightly hung-over by a breathless narrative-overload.

At its core though, this script is a very Salim-Javed 'angry young man' type from the '70s. There is, of course, the prologue — a boy who grows up to become a don. The story itself is centred on the reigning hero (Shah Rukh Khan), playing a character with shades of grey, and a conscientious cop (Nawazuddin Siddiqui, striking swagger) — making this equally a fine battle of morals, and tremendous wit. But of course, there are loads of punch lines: "(Acche) Din aur raat logon ke hote hain. Sheron ka zamana hota hai"; "Gujarat ki hawa mein vyapar hai sahib"; "Baniye ka dimaag aur Miyanbhai ki daring."

Most of this you would've already heard or seen. Which is the issue with over-promoted pictures that break down a film's favourite scenes and dialogues into several trailers. It does kind of mess with the novelty of a first-time viewing, with pop-corn and coke, right in the front row of a packed, single-screen theatre, which are the ideal coordinates for this film that I'm joyously reporting from.

It isn't that Salim-Javed's Amitabh Bachchan actioners haven't been made since the '70s. There was 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai' (2010) more recently, even if you ignore its dud sequel. Bachchan himself, at 48, altogether altered his voice and posture to play the immortal Vijay Deenanath Chauhan in 'Agneepath' (1990).

 

'Romantic king' Shah Rukh Khan (51; but looking so much younger) makes no special effort in voice training, for instance, to get his Gujarati accent pat down. He makes up for much of that with his clothes and body language. Over the past year or so ('Fan', and now this), it does appear that SRK has been working hard to unlearn playing the super-star he's known to be, gradually gravitating towards painstakingly written, alternate characters you can also remember him for — along the lines of Aamir, if you may. You know that's a trend of sorts, when even Salman has to do the same. Last year was the first time in 19 years that all the three Khans were nominated for Best Actor Filmfare.

Slightly floppy hair, tanned skin, an earthy style, headband, and glasses (although I didn't quite get the constant 'battery' reference for a bespectacled fellow), if anything, SRK reminds you more of how he began his career as a street ruffian in Deewana (1992). He has a gorgeous love-interest (Mahira Khan) in the film, but that angle is hardly explored, which is only for the better.

The film mixes research, realism, and more than a whole lot of 'Bollywood' to look exclusively into the politics and the inevitable underworld around the booze-trade in prohibitionist Gujarat of the '80s. Being an anti-prohibitionist myself (how can any sane human not be), you align yourself with the heroic anti-hero instantly. The character is ostensibly based on the real-life rags-to-riches don Abdul Latif. The pesky cop seems more like a high-level Dhoble, although he's merely doing his job.

Between the don on the run, the cop on the chase, there are so many facets to 'Raees', recounted through a gasping episode after another that you wished the filmmakers had calmed down just for bit, given us few moments to pause and soak in the material. They could have turned this into a fantastic 'Narcos' like television series. There's nothing niche about a Spanish show being loved by global mainstream audiences anymore, by the way. Yeah, we'd love to see SRK attempt his own version of a Pablo Escobar.

For now, Raees will certainly do.

Movie Review " KABALI"

 

Movie Review " KABALI" 

Cast: Rajinikanth, Radhika Apte, ​Winston Chao, Dhansika, Kishore, Dinesh Ravi 

Director: Pa Ranjith

Rating:   (4 / 5)  : Very Good (Very Good )       ( 4/5)

 

The Kabali movie deals with the plight of migrant Indian community, specifically the Tamilians, who lived in Malaysia. About 30 years back in time, many of the Indian laborers working in Malaysia, used to work as drug traffickers and goons under Chinese mafia gangs. One man, Kabaleeswaran alias Kabali (Rajanikanth), takes a stand for the betterment of his community. Himself a gang member working under gangster Sitaramaraj (Naazar), Kabali takes over the gang leadership on Sitaramaraj’s untimely death. With the gang leadership, also come the rival gang confrontations especially with Gang43 lead by the ruthless drug lord Tony Woo (Winston Chao). In his position as a gang leader Kabali also aids his community. He founded the Free Life Foundation, a non-profit organization to help poor uneducated Indian laborers in Malaysia. However, the violence of heading a gang takes its toll on Kabali’s family life, weaving into the movie a family element with the pursuit of Kabali’s wife. The rest of the movie comprises of Kabali and Gang43 trying to overpower each other.

Talaivar fans and general audience alike, will be wowed by the mesmerizing first fifteen minutes. However, as the narration switches to the core story, the movie suffers a slow pace in the screenplay. The highly popular teaser ‘Kabaaali … Da…’ has set the audience to expect a larger than life heroism spearheaded by a revolutionary Talaivar. However, the director sticks the script and takes his time to narrate the story – something that might not sit well with today’s fast tracked generation. Extra care was taken to portray the life of an immigrant Indian community in Malaysia in the 1980s. The mafia world and their operations are picturized well. The family thread between Kabali and his wife acts as a speed breaker (to an already slow paced narration) and might just not appeal to the audience. Amazing interval block with unexpected action scenes will thrill the audience. All in all, a satisfying first half. The masses might find it difficult to comprehend the struggles of an overseas blue collar worker. Adding to it, expect for the key roles, the supporting cast are Malaysians and Chinese. The story, the backdrop and the characters make it difficult for the common audience to connect with the movie. This might be a bigger problem with the Telugu dubbed version than with the original and might impact box office prospects. The second half starts off with Kabali leaving to India looking for his wife. Cue in thirty minutes of boring scenes which do nothing to help the film. The narration accelerates with Kabali’s return to Malaysia as he takes on Gang43. The well-executed pre-climax and the climax action episodes in which Kabali kills Tony Woo will have your heart beats soaring. The cinematography by G.Murali is world class. He captured the elegance of the Malaysia skyscrapers and ruggedness of mafia locales very well. Santosh Narayanan’s background score is another asset to this movie. Radhika Apte is ill suited for the Kabali’s wife’s role, it failed to get the emotions flowing. Dhanshika who played Kabali’s daughter role is better.

Positives:

SUPERSTAR RAJANIKANTH – After a series of mediocre films, Superstar Rajani strikes back with a stellar performance in Kabali. Leaving behind the over the top mannerisms, the Superstar brings in his magnanimous style in its full glory and his screen presence fills the screen with energy. Outstanding cinematography with slick visuals of Malaysia backdrop. Introduction, interval and climax scenes

Negatives:

At times the very slow narration test the audience’s patience. Not many commercial elements Nativity issue for Telugu Audience

Verdict:

Even if we overlook these inadequacies for the sake of the brilliant scenes scattered in between, it's very hard to forgive the last half an hour, which comes across as a definite dampener, with forced ideological dialogues and a complete lack of imagination. But beyond all that, you need to give to Ranjith for the sheer guts of having conceptualised that climax for a Rajini movie. 

To be happy seeing the Superstar in this new avatar where he absolutely kicks ass transporting us to his 'raw-actor' days or feel frustrated thinking about the innumerable ways the movie could have been scripted and staged better... the choice is yours!