‘Trance’ does address a theme that is radically important and proffers a compelling investigation into the unexplored realms of religion, faith and belief. But it’s also a movie that eventually gets choked by the mistiness that pervades its plot and design, and ends up a pale shadow of the head turner flick that it should have been.
The dramatic pressure is way too grim, and the film grinds on persistently, finally ending up a riveting piece. ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’ remains without doubt a commendable endeavour, whichever way you look at it, but it just falls short of entering my top favourite list, because it does take a bit too long to get where it wants to be.
While it remains that both Anoop Sathyan – debutante director – and Dulquer Salman – debutante producer – choose to play the safe game with their film ‘Varane Avashyamundu’, it cannot be denied that they have stuffed the film with moments aplenty that will have the family audiences asking for more.
All said and done, ‘Anweshanam’ does move beyond the routine and warrants your attention to a great extent with its unpredictability. That it allows itself to be ingested by its own sense of intrigue is where it starts losing its feet on the ground, and where it tumbles down as a verbose thriller that it should never have been.
All said and done, ‘Shylock’ could strike you as the ultimate entertainer if you happen to be a die-hard fan, looking forward to watching his screen idol in an indomitable avatar. For the rest, it is hardly anything beyond a much-told tale that has been re-stitched with bits of pieces of star adulation intended to fit the towering charisma of its star.
After three impressive directorial ventures that could possibly be as distinct from each other as they could be, Abrid Shine tries his hand at an action caper this time around, with ‘Kung Fu Master’ that however misses its mark by a mile. Barring a few riveting action sequences in the latter half, ‘Kung Fu Master’ is mostly a disappointing show that does little justice to the superb efforts put in by its leading cast.
‘Al Mallu’ would be another mediocre entry into the genre of films that has every intention to take upon grave issues related to women, but end up fooling themselves. By the time it’s over, neither the film nor the subject that it had concerned itself with remains in your memory, and all that you are left thinking about is how the film had hit the bottom.
On retrospect, there is hardly anything redeeming in Siddique’s ‘Big Brother’ that would leave you exhilarated or even mildly energised. All this film does manage to do is bring back fond reminiscences of those wonderful films that the film maker had once gifted us with, and dwell on how remote and futile his recent cinematic endeavours had emerged to be.
‘Anjaam Pathira’ elevates itself much higher than the usual plains occupied by a standard murder mystery, and is a thrilling ride that is gripping to the core. With a whopper winner as this hitting the screens as January just about gets under way, looks like we might have a superb film year coming up this time around!
With the New Year cheers having barely faded out, we head out to the theatre to watch Omar Lulu’s ‘Dhamaka’, a dire sex comedy that has infinitesimally low doses of both its mandatory requisites. Running for a couple of hours, it starts off with its leading actor’s voice expressing his expectations regarding the film in a radio interview, which however are dashed in no time, when the film gets off to a not-so-dhamakedaar start!
Get set for a few thrills here and there as Pullu Giri and his gang have a go at it as if there is no tomorrow. And be the least surprised if it has already fallen off your memory logs as you get set to dig your spoon at the post-movie dinner in front of you.