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ANAARKALI OF AARAH - You praised Amitabh teaching the meaning of a woman's NO in the court, now praise Swara doing the same in a differently authentic manner. (Review By Bobby Sing).

PHILLAURI - It's a confusingly conceived Punjabi film made in Hindi, based on an interesting but inspired idea with the only merit being its emotional climax. (Review By Bobby Sing).

TRAPPED - Post an unconvincing start, it fairly keeps you engaged as a praise-worthy off-beat attempt featuring an impressive solo act and some notable merits. (Review By Bobby Sing).

This Friday's One Line Reviews by Bobby Sing for making your weekend movie plans..

KONG SKULL ISLAND (English) - Though lacks an emotional pull and the original charm, it's still an incredibly made entertaining comic-book adventure to be experienced in a well-equipped theater. (Review by Bobby Sing).

BADRINATH KI DULHANIA - A unique case of the makers returning with the same lead pair, a similar title, identical looks and the same old premise of a wedding, mocking at the viewers patience & choice. (Review by Bobby Sing).

LION (English/2016) - An emotionally uplifting film which once again depicts INDIA in a bad light and we know the westerners do have a fascination for such dark representation of our country since decades. (Review by Bobby Sing).

ANUPAMA (1967) - Its touching emotional climax and DDLJ - By Bobby Sing.

COMMANDO 2 - Focusing on suspense instead of action, Vidyut gets no support in this poor and so casually conceived film unfortunately. (Review By Bobby Sing).

LOGAN (English/Hindi) - You will make faces, tighten your fists and do several things going through this brutal, cold blooded must watch thriller for sure. (Review by Bobby Sing).

 
 
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March 30, 2017 Thursday     

As an explanation to its title first, JACK REACHER is a fictional character created by British author Lee Child (original name Jim Grant) who is supposed to be a former American Military Policeman, living the life of a ghost with no home, belongings, job or family. He is the lead hero of a famous series of books by Lee Child in which he gets involved in different interesting cases and solves them single handedly. In this cinematic adaptation of a book from the series, Tom Cruise plays the role of JACK REACHER with a great attitude and makes a solid impact on the viewers as expected.

 

The film begins with a sniper shooting 5 different persons present on the same spot and then police arrests a different man who has a suspicious history too but has no involvement in these killings. To prove his innocence, the accused only says “Get Jack Reacher” before going into comma and surprises the police officials. Wasting no time, Jack is there in the very next scene as per his reputation of a ghost and reveals many more secrets regarding the killings, which amazes everyone associated with the case including the Defense Lawyer. So the film is more an investigative mystery in its initial reels which later becomes an action thriller reducing its overall impact to some extent. Yet it’s a complete winner in its first hour with lots of entertaining moments to keep the viewer’s interest alive.

 

In actual terms JACK REACHER remains a single character driven story from start to finish with its main focus solely on its lead hero. Tom Cruise as Jack wins your heart right away with his well presented introductory scene, sharp wit and bluntness which has its own unique freshness for the audience. And then the brilliantly written dialogues make him hugely likable along with the good looking defense lawyer played by Rosamund Pike. In fact the whole film basically revolves around these two characters only till the end, yet one doesn’t mind watching them both for more than 2 hours due to their enjoyable chemistry together. Unfortunately the well shot action & chase sequences take over everything else in its second hour and the film falls back to the above average mark as it ends.

 

JACK REACHER does have its share of flaws too with a suggestive climax and few unexplained scenes like the way police takes Jack as the murderer without any specific reasons and start chasing him all of a sudden. Cinematography & Background Score is great helping a lot in building up the enigma around Jack’s personality and director Christopher McQuarrie makes the best use of them to get the desired results. In the performance section it has a powerful act by Tom Cruise who is surely going to be loved by all his fans for his tough ‘Clint Eastwood’ kind of performance with a great attitude. Rosamund looks great as the lawyer seeking Jack’s help and David Oyelowo as the police detective is just fine.

 

To sum up, JACK REACHER could have been a superb film with some more investigations continuing in its final hour and less action. However in its present version, it majorly works because of the charismatic persona of Tom Cruise (playing a well written character) who carries the film on his strong shoulders alone and one keeps waiting for him to return on the screen with more of his sharp, timely one liners delivered calmly. In all, it’s a fine investigative fast paced thriller, with a more entertaining first hour and a less engaging second.

Nevertheless, watching it with an Indian viewpoint it’s a perfect script to be remade with Salman Khan playing the lead character of Jack, since it exactly requires the kind of screen presence, charm & action skills he has displayed in his recent films. Undoubtedly, a script many times better than his last few ventures…….and I hope the message reaches him somehow.


Rating : 3 / 5

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28 December 2012 / bobbysing /
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Beginning with an honest confession, I opted for this intense crime- thriller without any recommendation from a friend by only reading the name of Quentin Tarantino in its credits. But the film came out to be a pleasant surprise and totally blew me off with its fabulous, hard-hitting content and performances. Plus it simply made me wonder that why the film was not given its due credit by the viewers as well as the critics in all the reputed websites and must watch lists?

TRUE ROMANCE starts off with few tender loving moments between the hero Clarence and a hooker Alabama whom he later decides to marry. But post their impactful romantic scenes the film shifts on to a completely different track which doesn’t allow you to leave your seat at all in the next 100 minutes, quite similar to an enjoyable, exciting roller coaster ride with many unexpected moves. As far as the storyline is concerned it’s not anything exceptionally fresh revolving around a stolen cocaine consignment and their owners tracking it down. Yet it has many original moments of its own along with some shocking, unpredictable twists which keep you hooked on to the screen like a magnet.

Actually the film works at various levels and comes out a clear winner as it ends with an impressive conclusion. For all Tarantino fans, it is not only written by the maestro himself but has also got the glimpse of his distinctive entertaining style in the splendid direction by Tony Scott. In fact Tony conceives it perfectly as a typical Tarantino film with all those extensively violent scenes served with small dosages of dark humor, sex and rough language. The script is executed in an amusing manner with the famous QT trademark long sequences, featuring many smartly written dialogues and blood splashed on the screen in the most cruel manner not suitable for the faint hearted. 

The worth praising direction is brilliantly supported by many wonderful performances by the entire cast, a solid background score and an effective cinematography which adds a lot in the overall impact of this ‘Wicked Bloody Thriller’ on the viewers. So if the above description of this gripping film interests you then do watch this entertaining mature thriller as a must and have a great rough time which might remind you of QT’s famous masterpiece PULP FICTION.

Directed by Tony Scott
Written by Quentin Tarantino
Starring : Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette and Dennis Hopper
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25 December 2012 / bobbysing /
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Invictus (which in Latin means unconquerable or undefeated) is actor-director Clint Eastwood’s another must watch masterstroke based on the inspiring true incidents of South Africa. Its about how the legendary Nelson Mandela successfully reinstated the spirit of one nation and togetherness in the people of his country through a reputed sports event of Rugby. In February 1990, Nelson Mandela got released after 27 years of imprisonment and then was elected President of South Africa in 1994. But even being at the highest post, he very well knew that his nation still remained divided both on financial and racial grounds due to the old South African political system where only whites had political rights or power and the rest were treated as a lower class all over. 

Now to change the unfortunate scenario, Mandela called Francois Pienaar, the captain of National Rugby Team, Springboks to help him reach his goal and together they achieved the difficult task with patience, empathy and love. It was the time of Rugby World Cup in 1995 and the film is an account of all those insightful incidents which lead to the grand win bringing every citizen of the country together as one. Based on John Carlin’s novel, it also introduces the viewer to the real Nelson Mandela having an exceptionally blessed personality of a born leader with a calm & cool persona preaching forgiveness and love for every fellow being of the world.

INVICTUS is not only an entertaining and inspiring film on sports and sportsman spirit but its also a must watch for two splendid, realistic performances by Morgan Freeman as Mandela and Matt Damon as Pienaar, the Captain of the team. Their mutual bonding & understanding is displayed brilliantly by Eastwood through his talented actors. And the fact got its due recognition when both the lead actors were rightly awarded the reputed nomination in the category of Best Performance in a Leading Role and Best Performance in a Supporting Role respectively in the Academy Awards of 2010.
 
So if you wish to know more about Nelson Mandela and how he successfully managed to unite his people of South Africa through Rugby then do watch INVICTUS as it reportedly is also an almost accurate depiction of the actual events of that time. The film is neither too preachy nor patriotic as it may seem from the above description here. But on the contrary it is a simple lovable film which has a beautiful message to give and lot of emotional moments where you may excitingly jump to cheer for the characters loudly, like the spectators sitting in the stadium. In all, a highly recommended flick for everyone, especially the sports enthusiastic youngsters, as an important lesson on team work and sportsman spirit.

Directed By Clint Eastwood
Starring : Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge & more
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24 December 2012 / bobbysing /
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Aamir Khan’s latest solo venture TALAASH coming after a long gap met with a mixed response at the box office mainly due to its unexpected culmination giving it a supernatural touch. Now though the writing team of the film reportedly claims it to be inspired from a real life incident they personally had in their own life. But still, the film has many acute similarities with few other projects which cannot be ignored as mentioned below.
1. It reminded me of a Thai horror film called SHUTTER (2004) which also starts with an accident wherein the spirit of a dead girl comes in front of a car and the couple in it thinks that they have actually killed her. The spirit of the girl then starts haunting the boy as he was responsible for her death a few years back and was a part of the evil game played in that ugly past. But since after the initial accident sequence, the film moves on to a completely different track so this minor similarity can be taken as a mere co-incidence.
2. Secondly the exactly similar references present in T. Jefferson Parker’s mystery novel THE FALLEN are tough to ignore because it also revolves around an investigating officer who gets visions of various kinds while talking to people and also has a wife who has decided to leave him. The case he is investigating revolves around the mysterious death of another cop who too had a broken marriage, reason of which was the drowning death of their three years old daughter. The findings of the case later get related to a prostitution racket and its involvement with many high ranking city officials.
3. Coming to the spirit angle in TALAASH, it straight away seems to be taken from an English thriller ELEPHANT WHITE (2011), which also has the spirit of a beautiful dead girl, forced into drugs & prostitution, visible only to an assassin. Now here too she helps him kill all the people involved in the flesh trade or girls trafficking business like a real person only. And quite similar to TALAASH, this action thriller also starts with a colorful tour of the dark lanes of Bangkok where drugs, prostitution and trafficking is in full swing. Plus later when the secret is revealed, here too we have some scenes re-shown without the girl’s spirit to explain that the assassin was actually talking to nobody.
4. Lastly the plot of a couple losing their daughter after a unexpected drowning incident in a lake and then a psychic lady who can see the dead persons can also be found in another well made thriller called DON’T LOOK NOW (1973) directed by Nicolas Roeg.
Hence though Reema Kagti did come up with an interesting mystery thriller along with Mr. Perfectionist in the lead, but its plot had too many loop holes and their choice of subject surely could have been better moving ahead than such clear inspirations.

(Update in March 2014)

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23 December 2012 / bobbysing /
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