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Blog posts August 2015

Phantom - Movie Review

Verdict - "Rushed in its approach, Phantom is quite inferior when compared to the previous films from Kabir Khan."

I love when directors hustle, releasing two movies in just two months was an incredible depiction about how movie directors should work these days. But, on the other side, they are few drawbacks that are considered as a demerit that can spoil this trend.

Following an astounding success with Bajrangi Bhaijaan, director Kabir Khan received a lot of appreciation for choosing a sensible subject and directing it so perfectly as it made us value his work greater than ever. With great success comes great responsibility, the anticipation for Phantom is sky-high and it completely looked splendid on previews and trailers. But?

In an imaginary fictional world, seven years after the attacks of 26/11 in Mumbai, few government officials plan a highly confidential suicide mission to take down all the people behind this horrifying incident that costed the lives of 156 people.

Now, I'm not whining about the intentions of the movie, the concept of India taking down Pakistani terrorists is again a sensitive and a tender subject to carry out and director Kabir Khan, always does his best to deliver a clever outcome. But this movie utterly lacks legitimacy, even though it's purely fictional, many sequences in the movie just doesn't feel that they could happen so conveniently in real life without any misfortune or missteps and the screenplay was totally rushed and felt completely out-of-place for the most part. 

Also, the character development in the movie was atrocious, Saif Ali Khan plays an ex-military cop waiting to resurrect his career and get some sort of compassion from his father. Reason why? We get to see in a substandard flashback sequence. Stuck with a numb expression, Katrina Kaif plays a futile NGO doctor-ish role and to top that Mohammed Ayyub Zeeshan (although I liked his performance) as a terrible government official who looks questionable from the get go.

At least the action sequences in the movie kept me away from sleeping with its loud noise and there is some impressive stunt work done by the lead actors and I appreciate it. But when filming an action scene the director had to make sure that it was clearly choreographed and make it memorable. None of the action sequences in Phantom are notable nor impressive.

Nevertheless, Phantom is undoubtedly a substandard work from Kabir Khan as it felt absurdly illusory and the profound elements were not exhilarating on any scale. Strictly a one time watch!

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Review #29 (Manjhi: The Mountain Man)

Ketan Mehta's - "Manjhi: The Mountain Man"

1) Story 
2) Performances

1) Superfluous emotional drama

Introduction and Plot: Narrating an incredible real life story of  Dashrath Manjhi that recounts the struggle of a laborer from the suburbs from Gehlaur village in Bihar, who carved a path through a mountain with a hammer and a chisel for 22 years with the intention of a creating a trouble-free route from his village to the nearby town.

Analysis: First off, getting to know and learn about a diligent person with an astounding story who undoubtedly dedicated everything in his life to complete an insurmountable task was completely inspiring and fascinating.

With that being said, the biggest drawback I can point out is the unneeded emotional angle between lead actors that made the film look unreal and it lacked the pragmatic vibe. Also, few heartening situations were ended very abruptly where the story felt significant and director Ketan Mehta would've focused a lot more in these particular scenes.

Verdict: Nevertheless, Manjhi is indubitably an important movie in terms of introducing an incredible person and his heartwarming to all of us. But the fictional elements felt very generic and illusory as it damaged the tone of the movie by a large-scale.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation - Movie Review

Verdict - "A staggering spy-action summer movie blocbuster."

Following the astonishing success of its predecessor "Ghost Protocol." "Rogue Nation" starring Tom Cruise in the lead role is the fifth film in the "Mission Impossible" franchise and customarily when you pick out a fifth movie from any franchise (except for Fast 5), it misses the mark unexceptionally. But, amazingly, MI 5 not only established the franchise remarkably for future its installments but it also made sure that the storytelling aspect of the movie was enhanced well, along with the action sequences. 

The storyline of the movie kicks off with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) trying to prove the existence of Syndicate (an anti-IMF), a group of trained and skillful assassins who are responsible for many tragic events happening around the world. With the IMF (Impossible Mission Force) now ceased from existence, will Hunt and his team succeed in their last operation?

The most noteworthy trait about MI 5 is that it joined all the good elements from the previous installments and assembled an incredible movie. Christopher McQuarrie's screenplay felt very reminiscent to the first Mission Impossible, where the uncertainty of the storyline was exceptionally done as it kept you guessing every time. In spite of few pacing issues from time to time, the movie made me engross into the situation really well and enthrall when needed. 

The action sequences in the movie were probably the best we've seen in any MI movie so far, as it all comes down about how well shot and choreographed the scene was. Thanks to McQuarrie, for the direction he chose to direct these scenes as they're plentiful of extraordinary spine-tingling action scenes that deserve an appreciation.

Tom Cruise never backs down when it comes to improving and topping himself in every single movie. The amount of hard work and effort that he put into his role was astounding and watching him ride a motorcycle or hanging on to the side of an Airbus A400M was incredible to watch. 

Simon Pegg is given a brief role and is allowed to show a much more emotional side of Benji, Jeremy Renner, and Ving Rhames were decent in their supporting roles. But, Rebecca Ferguson's performance in the movie was a complete surprise for me. She was menacing and beautiful at the same time that helped her character connote more to the movie.

Nonetheless, "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" is a flawless example of a spy-action summer movie blocbuster with a well-developed plot, more gripping screenplay, and few staggering action sequences. Tom Cruise still proves that he is one of the best action movie star of our generation, MI 5 is a must watch!

My Rating - 3.75/5
Grade - B+ (Highly Entertaining!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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