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Blog posts October 2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - Movie Review

Verdict - "A less exciting forgettable action flick."

Directed by Edward Zwick, "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" starring Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders is the sequel for the hit 2012 action-thriller "Jack Reacher" and recounts us the storyline about Reacher and Turner (Cruise and Smulders) being wrongly accused of an infraction and the remainder of the film advances with the narrative of them trying to prove that they're innocent.

With a safe conventional storyline that we've already seen in many action films over the years, this film became uninteresting at least after the first fifteen minutes because of the weakly written script and the senseless subplot involving Reacher's daughter that had no precise connection with the ongoing narrative.

Tom Cruise proved to be the best at what he does. He brought the physicality and the appeal to the action sequences. Cobie Smulders portrayed her character remarkably as Reacher's ally and the screenwriters did a decent job in the developing their character relationship from the beginning until the end. 


Nevertheless, with a lot less exciting action sequences that aren't memorable and an orthodox storyline, this film finishes off as a monotonous action-thriller which could be a lot more entertaining to watch on a DVD or on cable TV.

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

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Premam - Movie Review

Verdict - "A tolerable remake!"

Directed by Chandoo Mondeti ('Karthikeya' fame), Premam is a much-awaited remake of the hit 2015 Malayalam film of the same title and features Naga Chaitanya and Shruti Haasan in the lead roles. In the midst of its enormous fanfare and popularity will this star-studded remake reprise the wholesomeness like its original or will it fall through and fail?  

The basic plot of the film narrates us the life of Vikram (Naga Chaitanya)  from his teenage to his adult life as he falls in love with three different women in various crucial points in his life and the film illustrates us the idiocy, happiness, sorrow and struggle that he had to go through to find his desired soul mate. 

Bounded within a fundamental storyline which has been admired and well-regarded over the years. This film didn't capture or meet the feel and the authenticity of its original and continued itself to present itself like a tolerable remake which will not be treasured or long-remembered. Don't get me wrong, the film had its moments, the comedic scenes were amusing, the screenplay was well-written and the film was not actually boring. But, two weeks or at least one month from now you will not find anyone talking about the movie. And that's a major setback!

The performances were overall decent from the complete cast. Naga Chaitanya, although not a great actor, made sure that he portrayed the diversity in his character that scales from his young school days to his adult professional life. Shruti Haasan's performance was satisfactory along with Anupama Parameswaran and Madonna Sebastian. On the more technical side, the cinematography by Karthik Ghattamaneni was breathtaking to watch and the film's sound design was noteworthy.

Overall, Premam is a satisfactory remake and entertains you across the two-hour-thirty-minute runtime. But it completely fails to stand out as a unique authentic film which will be remembered and celebrated in the upcoming years or at least months. Worth a single watch!

My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story - Movie Review

Verdict - "Still feels like an Untold Story"

Directed by Neeraj Pandey and starring Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead role, M.S. Dhoni: An Untold Story enlightens the childhood and the early life of one of the most decorated Indian Cricket Team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The film gives us a brief tour about Dhoni's tough struggle before making it to the National Team, the decisions and the sacrifices he had to make, his first job as a ticket collector in a railway station, his relationship with his family, ex-girlfriend and his wife. Piecing together the significant moments from his young manhood, the film also compounds a highlight reel of all the crucial moments from his eminent career like winning the first ever T20 World Cup or endearing the win of the fifty over World Cup nearly after 28 years.

With well over three hours of runtime, this film had a lot to offer, set up and develop but in the end, it still leaves with many crucial questions which are left without being answered or displayed. It felt more like a celebration of the person other than being a memoir that gives us more insight and understanding of the illustrious icon. Don't get me wrong, the first half of the film provides us few enlivening moments about how Dhoni transpired himself from a football goalkeeper to cricket wicket-keeper and from a TC to the captain of the Indian Cricket Team. But in the second half of the film up until the climax where we get to explore the sentimental relationship with his  ex-girlfriend and current wife was tedious to watch and it felt like they're just crammed in there to complete the storyline.

When portraying a person who was admired and beloved all over the country, the performance should be accurate and flawless and SSR went above and beyond with his portrayal in the film. His body language, charisma, and mannerisms were spot on and he brought the much-needed authenticity to the character when needed. Other supporting characters like Anupam Kher and Kumund Mishra gave few exceptional performances that were noteworthy

On the whole, they're many encouraging and inspiring moments in the film that were fascinating to watch. And discovering that hard work and struggle that he had to go through to achieve his goal was truly amazing to watch. With that being said, with a three-hour runtime, this film still feels like a half-baked hagiography where we are left with unrequited questions and dilemma.

My Rating - 2.75/5
Grade - C + (Decent Flick!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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