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Blog posts September 2015

Everest - Movie Review

Verdict - "Compelling and visually thrilling."

Based on the true story of the "1996 Mount Everest Disaster", Everest directed by Baltasar Kormákur is a biographical disaster drama that revolves around a group of mountaineers and their story of climbing the world's highest mountain "Mount Everest" which is undoubtedly the most dangerous place on earth.

Shooting a movie in extreme temperatures at the highest altitudes is no joke, the entire crew must adjust to the weather and should be brave enough to execute what's needed by taking huge risks and for that very reason, I truly appreciate the entire team who worked on and behind the camera and delivered their best in making a magnificent movie.

Now, a lot of credit goes to the cinematographer Salvatore Totino for capturing this treacherous spectacle flawlessly. I particularly love when movies immerse me into the vibe, making me feel and experience every significant scene that coördinates well with both audio and video. In all honesty, I was holding my breath many times in the movie and I surely felt like I was there struggling with these set of people. And I certainly consider that as a brilliant piece of filmmaking.

In regard to the negatives, I thought that the movie was too long with its two-hour run time. It felt like a bit stretched in few scenes where the pacing was offbeat and it clearly lost its momentum till the last hour or the final act.

On the subject of performances, this film had a pretty powerful cast that made it a lot more interesting to watch. From Jason Clarke to Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin to Sam Worthington, every lead actor gave their best performance and most importantly every character was properly developed that in turn made me care about them when they're actually in trouble.

Altogether, Everest is a mixed bag of an emotional and a compelling storyline held up with some astonishing and thrilling visuals that you should experience in IMAX 3D. Please don't fail to catch this in theatres, cause it is a spectacle.

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

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Katti Batti - Movie Review

Verdict - "An eye-popping catastrophe."

With his two directorial movies releasing in two successive week's, Nikhil Advani is all set for a splendid time in his career if the movies that he directed (Hero and Katti Batti) draw together some great critical and commercial response. But can he or how can he resurrect his career from the catastrophe if both the movies fail poorly?

In a 5-year enduring and a delightful relationship, things seem bitter and sweet for Payal and Maddy (Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan) as they live happily together in a trendy apartment with their adorable turtle. But things rapidly change and evolve when Payal breaks up with Maddy without no definite reason and the rest of the story progresses with Maddy (The BrokenHeartMan) finding for a reason about why the breakup happened in the first place.  

Now, for a contemporary romantic comedy, the presentation, and the visuals are very significant and Katti Batti gets it right when it comes to the cinematography and the production design. Tushar Kanti Ray's remarkable approach of filming few significant scenes was flawlessly backed up with some appealing set design and the music bolstered the experience and created an engaging vibe for the viewer.

But when it comes to the storyline aspect of the movie, it pretty much felt a lot boring and inane until the third act where the story becomes thoughtful and compelling. Also, the screenplay was terribly paced and the characters excluding the leads were all awfully written that made the movie a lot more disinteresting.

With the exception of the third act, I honestly thought that Kangana has been wasted in this movie, it really felt like an actress with a splendid caliber has been miscast in a mediocre movie where the characters were not properly developed or established. Imran Khan does a decent job with his tolerable acting skills that we normally forget in the next hour.

Nevertheless, Katti Batti assembles some emotion and response by the end of the third act, but it's far too late because the damage is already been done. With its perplexing screenplay, this movie was completely out of balance and ends up being a tragedy for all the teens and couples who spent their valuable time and money by watching an eye-popping tedious movie.

My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Review #30 (The Transporter Refueled)

Camille Delamarre's - "The Transporter Refueled"

Positives:
1) Performances from Ed Skrein and Ray Stevenson
2) Character development between Ed Skrein and Ray Stevenson
3) Few notable and entertaining action sequences

Negatives:
1) Story
2) Villains

Introduction and Plot: Concentrated upon the success of a successful yet a ridiculous franchise "Transporter" starring Jason Statham, the new movie in the Transporter franchise stars Ed Skrein as the main lead and follows dreary storyline about a group of girls trying to bust out from a human-trafficking circle conquered by a bunch wicked guys.

Analysis: First-hand, this is not a bad movie at all, I'm astounded when the movie ended and I realized that I didn't hate myself throughout the runtime. The father-son relationship between Ed Skrein and Stevenson was well-developed making them look profound by adding an appealing backstory to their characters. And surprisingly, few action sequences were remarkably choreographed but the quick-cut edit style spoiled the fun and made them look forgettable. 

However, the non-specific storyline felt ridiculous at certain times, especially throughout the emotional scenes as the movie took itself too seriously which is quite tedious. 

Verdict: Altogether, I went into this movie with very low expectations and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. But, because of the horribly written storyline, I strongly suggest you to ignore watching this movie until you find it someday accidentally on cable or VOD. 

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

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Welcome Back - Movie Review

Verdict - "Cheap Pops!"

Revitalizing the immense success from its precursor back in 2007, Welcome Back starring Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, and John Abraham follows a stupendous star cast including Naseeruddin Shah and Paresh Rawal. With Anees Bazmee returning to the director's chair, Welcome Back decidedly captivated the attention of many movie fans who love nonsensical comedic films and it's comprehensible. Then again, my expectations were completely zero, as I went and sat down anticipating for few good laughs.

Considering to alter their lives of unmarried men, Manju (Anil Kapoor) and Uday (Nana Patekar) bump into a young and gorgeous princess named Nandini (Ankita Shrivastava) and instantly fell in love with her. Ultimately at the time of a marriage proposal, Uday's father terminates the event and requests Uday to find an idyllic husband for his sister Ranjhna (Shruti Hassan), Manju instantly takes the responsibility and promises him for the best. Will the frightful duo find a seamless partner for their sister? 

Let's start with few positives, a lot of credit goes to Anees Bazmee and his writing crew for penning down a completely quirky script, as you can't stop laughing for the witty one-liners and the absurd comedic things happening throughout the runtime and the storyline felt quite creative when the characters allied to each other by the end of the first act. 

Now, I understand that the movie is making fun of itself and its fine by me if it looked funny. But did I find it as a guilty pleasure, where I can take a bunch of friends and revisit the movie theatre or at least watch it on tv or a DVD? No! The screenplay was rapid and the characters felt weak without any notable moments and I certainly can't recollect anything from the movie except for few striking sequences. What makes a comedy remarkable are the certain amount of jokes that I can recall and laugh, Welcome Back surely misses that important part.

Nevertheless, Welcome Back undoubtedly cracked me up in several occasions with its comedic timing and the performances were all fine from the star-studded cast. But the goofiness in the script exceeded its limits and reached a point where I realised that I'm wasting my time watching this movie.

My Rating - 1.5/5
Grade - D+ (A hangover!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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