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John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Blood, Blood And More Blood
I was planned to watch the FDFS from the day they announced the sequel coz i was totally addicted to the Introduction movie of John Wick. I went to the movie with sky high expectations. This time the story revolves around John Wick, who wanted to clear his debt from the past ending that to become a fugitive in the underworld. He had to survive at any cost where the whole assassins are looking for him to claim the bounty.
The movie is bloody, gore, violent and absolute treat for the action loving cinema-goers. The story was pretty good, filled with adrenaline pumped action sequences but most of the moves are repeating and was tiring for me. But couple of action scenes were top notch and you can see the brilliance of action choreo turned director Chad Stahelski. The background score added the toppings. The dialogues were good. The camera-work was exceptional and convincing. The VFX did a good part in the action scenes especially with the car chase and action in the beginning. But movie has got the lag in between which will ruin your appetite. Some of the action scenes were illogical, making the hero as immortal and fatigue free.. Keanu Reeves was totally amazing in the movie with his ice cold mannerisms, dialogue delivery and of course, action. Lawrence Fishburne did a cameo and am expecting him in a full role for the next installment. Rest of the crew including the cast from the First installment were there and did a good job.
From my point of view, this didn't meet my expectations and falls just behind the first installment. For Me, JW 1 is better than this.
I would go out with 7.2 on 10
Fast !! Fast !! Fast !!
Anthoy Hopkins - Nicholas Hoult - Ben Kingsley - Felicity Jones An edge of the seat thriller which wont make you to think about the logic and story because of the fast narration. Excellent car chases, action (no fist fights) and camera-work and also I wont forget to mention the background Score. Casey has to do one more job to save the life of his girlfriend but gone wrong and the villains are in pursuit of Casey.
Nicholas Hoult was okay with the role but i think he has to come up more with his abilities. Anthony Hopkins once again strike the chord even at his age. Ben Kingsley did well. But Felicity Jones has got nothing to do much.
My rating : 7.1
Green Room (2015)
Good and Nice Attempt
Jeremy Saulnier who directed the brilliant revenge drama "Blue Ruins" comes up with a new slasher movie named Green Room. The story revolves around a punk band who traps in a green room after witnessing a murder in pub located in a remote area. It focuses how they escapes from the room. Patrick Stewart who is well known for his portrayal of Professor X in Xmen appears in a new avatar "a cold blooded villain". Anton Yellchin & Imogen Poots are the other well know celebrities in the movie. Rest of the crew were also played satisfactorily. Starts in a slow note and then accelerates to the perfect neat fast and dark thriller which can satisfy almost all audiences. It has gore action, so many blood, sometimes keep you to the edge of the seat. The background score was neat. Camera-work was satisfactory. Overall, a much more watchable thriller 6.8 on 10
A good subject wasted by the lackluster direction
A social relevant drama featuring Vishnu Vasanth, Samuthirakkani, Sharanya, Shrushti Dange, Radha Ravi, Rohini and many more artists. The movie was quite okay till the interval and post-interval, but suddenly started to lose steam towards the climax. The flaws in the script and the climax portions were really boring since it appeared like a boring lecture. Vishnu Vasanth did a fair job as the petty thief Shakthi where Shrushti Dange's Malarvizhi plays his love interest. She was also quite suitable for the role. Radha Ravi and Samuthirakkani's role were pretty good and his emotions were up to the par (i didn't like his role in Appa, because of his over-emoting role). Sharanya's role were pretty much powerful and it was a surprise for me, and it was a transformation from her lovable Amma characters in most of her movies. Premgi Amaran's songs were average but the background score was okayish. The direction was the major setback in this movie. They handled a good subject and the execution was below par making this movie a just average one. My rating 5.2 on 10
Chinnadana Nee Kosam (2014)
Movie Marathon V.4 # 011
From the beginning of the movie itself i felt that the movie is a void. It didn't surprise me at all. After some good romantic movies, nithin is back with a low esteem romantic movie which falls very flat. Story was absolute immature. An unemployed carefree youngster falls in love with a girl and the whole family supports the affair. And one day, she vanishes and the boy finds out the whereabouts of the girl and he follows her to avenge her. WoW!!! What a story?? Whatever happens in between will makes you crazy. Nithin's over actions (or) reactions (whatever) and social messages that he used to spit were very boring. Mishti Chakraborty looked gorgeous. Couple of songs were okay, but couldn't save the movie. The logicless story and situation makes this as a tedious watch.
My rating 2.3 on 10
Kuttrame Thandanai (2016)
A Well Knit Thriller
Movie Marathon V.4 # 010
Kutrame Thandanai is a crime drama thriller directed by the national award winner M. Manikandan. This movie deals an entirely different theme from his previous directorial "Kakka Muttai".
Story revolves around a murder witnessed by youngster who is suffering from tunnel vision and its conspiracy. Vidharth plays the youngster and he performed well whole throughout. Rahman plays a business tycoon which was perfectly casted and he delivers in style. Pooja Devaraya, Ishwarya Santhosh plays the female lead and they were also good at their roles. All the characters were perfectly written and with a tighter screenplay makes this movie a brilliant one. The execution was top notch, Ilaiyaraaja's music was okay at some places but I think he is out of his creations. He used unwanted music at majority places and somewhat noisy. Camera-work was extraordinary.
Kuttrame Thandanai is outstanding in its own ways, story, twists and the portrayals.
My rating 7.8 on 10
Deo Pon (2015)
A good thrilling experience
Writer-Director Kim Bong Joo teams up with Sun-Hyun Joo (Korean Liam Neeson :P) for a time loop action fantasy thriller. After the murder of Jo, Ko was drowned in vein and was unable to keep the pieces. And after one year of Jo's murder, he starts to rebuild his life and career receives a call from his wife. He realizes that she is calling from the past and warns her about the murder and tries to find the murderer. Movie's script was okay (even though i have watched a similar themed movie long time back, didn't remember) and the fast paced narration along with the brilliant musical score kept the movie a thrilling one. Action choreography was okay. Some of the scenes were clichéd but it was also an okay experience. Camera-work and Lighting was good but not the best. Sun Hyun Joo's performance was okay. Uhm Ji‑won played Jo and she was okay. Bae Seong-woo was okay, but could have been better. A good thrilling experience My rating 7.3 on 10
I Am a Hero (2015)
A New Gem
I Am A Hero is a Japanese Horror MangaThriller directed by Shinsuke Yoto which is fresh in its appearance, narration, action and performances. Film revolves around a manga artist Hideo Suzuki who is struggling throughout and is leading an unsuccessful life encounters zombies which was a result of outbreak meets Hiromi, a teenaged school girl and their survival forms the crux of the story. Brilliant direction, omitted 99% of the clichés in the zombie movies. Absolutely brilliant action, graphics, the performances of the junior artists (Zombies) makes this movie a beautiful, engaging horror thriller. This movie has got the comedy, action, thrills, emotional quotients and mesmerizing acting by the lead actors. The music and background score was absolutely brilliant. A gem added to the zombie list. Don't miss this.. My rating 8.2 on 10
One Time Watch for Sure
Poraali revolves around two illiterate men who comes to Chennai in search of the job. Within a short span, they conquered the hearts of the people living in their surroundings and when every piece starts to falling in the right place, their past starts to haunt them very badly.
Written and Directed P. Samuthirakkani, I felt the movie is a worth watch coz of the comedy in the first half and the mindless and gore actions in the second half. First half went too fast but the second half was very slow and lagging. The background score was a major letdown in the whole movie. The score was inept and loud which made my ears bleed :P
M. Sasikumar as always his face plain but he tried to emote a bit. Allari Naresh was okay but was aggressive. Ganja Karupp scored in his outings. His counters worth to laugh.
Whole total the movie is a one time watch and i would give a rating of 6.2 on 10
Engaging Political Thriller
Movie Marathon V.3 # 196
After the debacle of Thodari and Thangamagan, Ace Actor Dhanush is back with the powerpacked performance in directorial venture of R.S. Durai Senthil Kumar.
The Story revolves around the twin brothers Kodi and Anbu, their lives, love interests and their fight against a toxic Mercury dumping factory in the township.
Dhanush's performance was top notch. He was too brilliant in both characters. Trisha, WOW, she delivered her career best performance. Dubbing was the only negative in her performance. Anupama who .debuted in Premam was the real surprise for me that she acted out in ease. Karunas, though in a small role, but was good. Sharanya, as usual a good mother character was an easy job.
The movie had some clichés but the story and screenplay was engaging. Durai did an excellent job in narrating this story. The first half was good with romance, comedy and some action and turns into a serious one in the second. Santhosh Narayanan's Background Score added spice to this flick. Songs were hummable and the background score was really apt to the play. Action Choreography fared well. Camera-work, Lighting all worked well ..
All in whole, an above average and engaging Political Thriller with mesmerizing performances from Trisha & Dhanush
My rating 7 on 10
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Movie Street V.3 # 190
Tom Cruise is back with his new action thriller "Never Go Back". This time he collaborates with the brilliant director Edward Zwick and the gorgeous Cobie Smulders and trailer also gave some high expectations.
Jack Reacher after disbanding a human trafficking operation and he goes back to the headquarters to meet his long time telephone friend Major Susan Turner. But unfortunately she was framed and jailed. Reacher and Susan Turner teams ups to solve the mystery.
Tom Cruise shines all the way. His screen presence was totally impressive and his action performances were top notch. His energy level is Cobie Smulders was equally impressive as Tom Cruise. But all the other characters were actually dull and was nothing.
The storyline was an okay-ish but clichéd in most parts. It was predictable and the narration was pretty weak and slow. Some of the action scenes and car chase was good.
A forgettable Sequel to the great action movie Jack Reacher.
An action thriller which lacks thrills
5.7 on 10
As a TC fan, this one was disappointing.
A failed movie With Complete Rajni Show
According to me, Pa. Ranjith was the only factor that made me to watch Kabali in its first day. And the teaser also added some flavours to my expectations. Synopsis Kabali aka Kabaleeshwaran releases from the jail in malaysia after serving 25 years. He then sets out revenge coz of losing his pregnant wife on the notorious gang 43 led by a Chinese gangster Tony and Veera. First half pretty much decent with the solid performances of Rajni Kanth and with some good twists. But second half was mere failure with lagging portions and poor screenplay. Mass elements was missing throughout except some good mass scenes in the first half. Background score was not up to Santhosh Narayanan's quality. In fact felt so many rip offs from western songs and Hollywood movies. On the other hand, Radhika Apte delivered some good moments. She is really a gem.. Dhansika was top notch in her looks and performance.. Attakathi Dinesh was on his top performance as the side kick of Kabali. In fact he proved again that he is an actor of performance. John Vijay did well as Amir. Kishor doesn't have much to do and was okay. Winston who played the baddie was okay but something was missing. Camera-work could have been better and the editor failed in this lagging kabali. All in the whole, a watchable one with clichés and logic less scenarios. Watch for Rajni.. A rajni show.. He has improved in his acting skills and his machismo.. His looks, presentation was top notch. 6.7 on 10 will be my score for this Rajni Movie and Pa. ranjith fails to deliver a masterpiece..
Splendid - Movie
A splendid Crime Thriller. Vijayakumar delivered his best with his debut movie. He handled all the departments with ease.. He was good in his acting, screenplay, execution and even casting.
Set in the late 90s, the story revolves around 3 set of characters where they come across. Results in a nail biting thriller which will keep you on the edge of the seats till the end of the movie. The first 10-15 minutes were cleverly used by the director to register the characters then takes you a roller coaster ride. Excellent Background Music by Masala Coffee Band (Sooraj Santhosh - you delivered the best.. Proud of you man)... added the spices in this delicious Thalappakkattu Biriyani. :P. Camera was top notch.. The color tone was too realistic.. I think that might be the main reason, that it gave a feel of the realistic incidents..
This is one of a gem.. Friends.. Go for it.. for its freshness, and raw feel..
9.4 on 10
Worth - Watching... so sad that i didn't get the chance to watch in cinemas coz.. the movie releases over here are limited...
Welcome to the Punch (2013)
Good Brit Thriller but something somewhere missing
James McAvoy and Mark Strong plays the lead role in this Eran Creevy's Brit Action Flick. Synopsis 3 years ago,Max Lewinsky was severely injured during a combat with the notorious criminal James Sternwood and was waiting for a chance to take on James.. Now James has returned to find his son's killer who got killed in a gun fight. Max in pursuit of James and then teams up with him to find the real culprits I liked the movie coz of its fast paced narration and good action moments. The story's good but something was missing whole total in it. The lead actors were good in their roles. Bgm and camera-work was fine but not the best. You can try this if you are looking for a time pass action thriller. My rating 6.8 on 10
No Strings Attached (2011)
NOT a BORING movie
Movie Marathon V.3 # 120
The only factor that made me to watch this movie is the gorgeous "NATALIE PORTMAN".
Synopsis A typical romance drama revolves around Emma and Adam who opts sex over relationship but when time flies by they realizes that their relationship grew to something more intimate.
No Strings Attached & Friends with Benefits shares the same story in which No Strings Attached were released some 5 months earlier to the latter. But i have watched the latter earlier. Even though i didn't felt bore watching this movie, thanks to the screen presence of Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher and also pretty good direction by Ivan Reitman. The story could have been better and some of the scenes mainly during their break-up was not even convincing and more lot of scenes were not convincing, felt like they made those scenes just to increase time..
Natalie delivered overall good performance, she was pretty good in her romantic expressions and also in emotional scenes. Ashton Kutcher was also good but was overshadowed by Natalie. Kevin Kline who played Ashton's Father who is a womanizer was very funny.
The background score and especially the songs were also good.
Wholly, the movie is not a messy one, but not a masterpiece / great film. but is a time pass watch for NP
My rating 6.0 on 10
Over Rated Movie - Could have been Realistic
Harshvardhan, son of a millionaire comes to know that his father belonged to a remote village somewhere in AP. Knowing the fact that the village does not have the facilities, he adopts the village with his abundant money. While resurrecting the village, he comes across the villains. The rest forms the story
Directed by Koratala Siva who has directed couple of good movies in his past teams up with the Superstar and the positive reviews made me to watch this movie with high expectations. Director did a good job with the story and treatment but the Execution went really bad because he gave the hero as a super macho man. He hits the plentiful gundas, beats down with ease was a poor show (though the action was okay but was not even logical and cant even digest the fact that people bouncing back from a muddy base.. WoW lots of funny elements).
Koratala Siva used Mahesh Babu's charm in a good way. The comedy was okay. songs, camera was okay. But was a speed-breaker in some areas. Shruthi hassan was okay (this is the very first time, she being okay with a role that too in some scenes.. personal opinion). Mahesh Babu did a decent job and Jagapathi Babu was lovely with his role.
Sukanya and lot of other characters were just a show off since they don't have anything to do in the whole movie.
All in whole, a much hyped over rated movie but i am praising the real thread and the message (kind of) but could have been realistic then even my rating could have been more than the anticipated..
My rating is 5.8 on 10
Feel Good Teen Flick
Socially troubled, Shy Charlie joins the high school as freshmen and befriends with seniors Patrick and Sam and they really changes his life. Haunted by the past, Charlie falls in love with Sam eventually. And the story goes on with an unexpected twist. A well made teen flick and i was very happy to recall my memories of my yesteryear mainly the late 90s where the friends chats each other (not through mobile phones), compile the songs through Audio Tapes, writing letters, reading books. wow.. that was really a call from the past. Emma Watson, she was the main attraction.. She was really cute and mesmerizing. Logan Lerman who portrayed the central character was absolute delight, he totally acted out as a good, troubled teenager who thinks that he can never mingle with the society especially the school. But he was not a kisser :P Patrick played by Ezra Miller (googled to find the name) also did his part in a good way. All the other supporting characters portrayed by the famous actors like Paul Rudd, Mae Whitman, etc was adequate. The slow mellowed background score was nice with some good soothing songs here and there also added the garnish. Well Narrated and nicely executed of the adapted epistolary of the same name by the author "Stephen Chbosky". Well, if you are looking for something fresh and feel good one This one is a nice pick.. Go for it 8.3 on 10
Jamna Pyari (2015)
What should i say ?? A mere non sense movie with a stupid story. Some of the comedy scenes were good.. But thats not enoug to save this movie.. Gayathri Suresh as a newcomer delivered some good performance. Chackochan was okay. but jamnapyari doesnot have the stuff to survive as a feature film. The movie is lengthy, songs were not good.. Ranji Panicker as the baddies doesn't have anything much to do. Roja was wasted in her role.. I don't know whether she accepted her role as cameo or whatsover.. If you wanted to waste more time which is not even precious to you.. then this is for you.. I have already wasted mine. Now its your turn.. My rating 2.5 on 10
Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum (2016)
A Breezy Entertainer
Nalan Kumarasamy delivers it all!! A breezy comedy drama with excellent execution and brilliant screenplay and Mesmerizing performances from Madonna & Vijay Sethupathy. Story revolves around an ambitious girl from a local village who arrives Chennai City and befriends with a local goon and changes their lives forever. Madonna beautifully protrays Yazhini and she was very good in emotions and dialogue presentations. Vijay Sethupathi, of course, didn't let me down as the local goon and he played his role very easily. Samutthirakkani who played the baddie has got nothing much to do mut he didn't wasted the role. Although the movie is based on Two lead characters, the other actors performed well and added more spice to this delicious movie. Santhosh Narayanan delivered excellent soundtrack which was close to the script and the songs were placed well. The tracks were composed in a local village tone and was very hummable. Cinematography was excellent especially the raining parts. Editing was top notch which provided a racy movie with no boring parts. A worth watch in every sense. Thanks to Nalan Kumarasamy to deliver a brilliant feel fresh movie. The main advantage of the movie are no macho heroism and boring romantic scenes. My rating 8.5 on 10
Mass With Class Through Time
Movie Marathon V.3 #071
First of all, I would like to say that Mr. Surya has taken a good decision to choose this movie. And i went in for the movie without any expectations as a Surya movie since i have had enough from surya (masss was a nightmare). But i had some expectations as a vikram kumar movie.
The story revolves around an evil twin brother who is in pursuit of a time machine which was invented by renowned scientist happened to be his sibling.
The center part of attraction of the movie is Surya who plays the three characters very easily. Three extreme behaviors are handled with ease and in which the negative character can be considered as his career best and he shines till the end. For the latter two were also good. I loved the character Sathyabhama played by Sharanya. She was absolutely brilliant as the mother of Surya. A role with a respectful identity. Ajay also played a good role as the loyal adherent of athreya and he has also got the identity.
Vikram kumar's character development is truly good that he made an identity which can make an impression in a viewer. That we cannot see in any directors/writers. Nithya and Samantha fared well. ARR did a fantastic job with BGM which one can stick to watch the whole movie. Impressive background score. Songs were good to listen but the picturization was not upto the mark. Songs were placed in the right places but the presentation was not good. In fact one song was truly a speed breaker.
A terrific first half followed by a brilliant second half with some minor negatives like the romance in the second half and song. The movie could have trimmed a little bit. Twists in the whole movie is watchable and exciting and even believable. One should watch this movie so keenly because each and every Scene has got connection. A brilliant timetravelling movie with extraordinary performances of the lead actors, music, story, execution and screenplay My rating 7.7 on 10
Well Executed Spotlight
Movie Marathon V.3 # 070
Spotlight is well made movie based on the true incidents happened / happening all over the world within the Christian Community. This picks a daring story of sexual molestation on Kids which involves the priests from lower ranks to the higher ones.
Excellent Screenplay and dialogues Executed in a much different way. You don't even get bored in this investigative thriller even for one second. The amazing performances by the lead actors especially Michael Keaton (WoW, he is too good), Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams and Brian. Liev Schrieber and other actors did wonderful jobs as the supporting actors.
The camera-work was pretty much good reprising the 90s. The major ups of this movie as i earlier said was the story and performances which made this movie so lively and interesting to watch. I couldn't see any actors in this movie and all i saw was some reporters investigating on some meaty news.
If you are interested in a well executed thriller with more good moments.
Don't even hesitate to watch this.. This will fill your mind for sure.
My rating 8.5 on 10
Thrill.. Thrill.. Thriller
Happened to see this Norwegian thriller couple of days ago and was very much impressed mainly because of the story, development, thrills and execution.
Headhunters is based on the novel written by Jo Nesbo.Roger which tells the story of a Recruiter in Norway. He lives a luxurious life and to maintain the same, he used to steal the paintings and is very professional in that. His life goes upside down when he tries to steal a painting from his wife's friend's house. There it starts the thriller with convincing twists and turns.
The major advantage of the movie is the story and screenplay with excellent performances of the antagonist and protagonist. The movie has its own moments and will give you definitely offers a treat to the thriller movie fans. An edge of the seat thriller. The background score did a crucial role in the whole one which made very interesting. All the supporting actors did a wonderful job to make this a nice one.
Go for it..!!! You wont feel bad after watching this..
My rating 8.1 on 10
A Sure Blockbuster with wrong casting of protagonist
Kabir Khan who stole millions hearts is back with a Spy action thriller Phantom. Phantom has a good plot, brilliant narration, excellent dialogues and some good action.
After the 26/11 Taj attack, Some of the patriotic Indian Officers from RAW plots to assassinate the members and master-brain of the attacks and they elect Daniel Khan who was court-martialled from Navy.He accepts the mission and the latter forms the crux of the story.
Saif Ali Khan delivered a memorable performance whole throughout Phantom and Katrina Kaif supported very well. Shot in different countries, Kabir Khan made a brilliant thriller with his racy screenplay and brilliant narration. The camera-work was topnotch. The background scorer Julius Packiam and Pritam Chakraborty's songs gave excellent addition to the movie.
If this movie was shot with an actor with good star value, this could have been entered in at least 100 crore club and my best pick was Akki.
A movie not to be missed.
My rating 8.4 on 10
Well Packed Surprise
Veteran is a story of a good detective who hunts down a rogue and arrogant businessman. The story makes you think that a clichéd one. But i bet that no.. its not clichéd.. well, the story looks familiar to you but the narration, performances and the whole treatment makes this movie a watchable and entertaining one. The main lead Jeong-min Hwang did a wonderful job as the detective and he steals the show in every sense. Dal-su Oh, who did the support to the detective as the Chief supported the main lead and was funny too. Ah in yoo was excellent in antagonist shoes delivering performances in the whole one. The action scenes were well choreographed, was brutal, especially the climax action scenes and the climax scenes were also good. The background score was also good which was totally synced with the movie. Korean lovers, if you haven't seen this movie yet.. Then i reckon that you are going to miss a well executed movie My rating: 8.5 on 10
Good Screenplay Spoiled by Execution
If you can survive the first 30 minutes of this movie, then you gonna like a fast paced slick thriller with some good moments.
The movie starts on a slow note with the routine comedy, songs and love (oof, totally terrible). The movie turns into a thriller when Goutham (Atharvaa) got arrested for forgery in documents which was submitted in banks for loans. Sooner, Goutham teams up with his father's friend, a constable and two friends to resolve the mystery.
The first 30 minutes are terrible with unwanted songs and scenes which will be accelerated with a crispy screenplay and the villain- hero brain battle. The action was quite nice with Atharvaa's performance was top notch. The antagonist Tarun Arora was good in his role but can see the traces of Vidyut (Thuppakki fame).
Catherine Tresa (OMG), she looked very gorgeous and was an eye candy and as usual she was just there for songs...
Sivamani should stop composing music and bgm for movies. The music department was a total letdown and was irritating at most times. The songs and related sequence were the speed breakers of Kanithan.
A nice thriller spoiled by wrong execution and narration
My rating 6.3 on 10