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Hotel Rwanda (2004)
The Rwandan Schindler...
The world is a hell. People derives the humanity according to color and race, and conflicts results in blood-shedding riots. There were a lot of incidents, which will will make the modern men to lower his head in shame. Still, there will be a few men, who amidst these crises works for the greater good. Those people are the real heroes who gives us a ray of hope to carry on with our lives. Hotel Rwanda is one of those movies, which shows us the painful realities around our world, and those people who risked their lives to save others on those occasions.
Among many movies, I gives Spielberg's Shcindler's List a special place due to it's artistic production and truthful portrayal of one of the most darkest time of our history. Hotel Rwanda is basically a similar portrayal of how a single man saved a lot of lives by risking his own lives. The movie doesn't compete with Schindler by any of the artistic characteristics, but it deserves praise on it's own merit. Don Cheadle done an excellent job with his portrayal of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed thousands of Rwandan refugees. The supporting cast including Sophie Okonedo and Nick Nolte also done an impressive job, and soundtracks are daring and charming.
Hotel Rwanda finishes with a note of hope, and it is mostly appreciated. Still, the conflicts between people around the world are going on with due to several reasons, without the understanding of the rules of humanity. Let's hope people like Paul will remain in the coming days to help them....
Outstanding effort by every single artist on board....
Indian Cinema is not just Bollywood. It has a number of regional languages to deal with, and each region contributes it's share. As for Mollywood(Malayalam movie industry), it was one of the most prominent contributers for Indian Cinema. Big names like Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shaji.N.Karun are internationally acclaimed directors and actors like Mohanlal and Mammootty are the gems of Indian movies. Recently, Mollywood produces movies which are intolerable in quality, but still there are movies like Dhrishyam which will provide us sheer joy about our movies.
We grew up by watching movies of the big M's and we are proud of their potentials. We were also disappointed with their recent products which were dull and boring. Some say these actors were not meant to be working on Malayalam, instead they should work on some high-level industry. They also complains that here, we don't have much opportunities too. But we do make our merry with what we got, and Dhrishyam is one of those movies which utilized every bit of resource that provided by our industry.
The story is about a common man who tries to protect his family from a mishap, which took a young man's life. The script is good , and direction is also impressive. What makes Dhrishyam brilliant is that the unique performance of the lead actors. Mohanlal, famous for his flexible acting skills, dazzles as Georgekutty, a farmer-businessman who cares about his family through every event of the movie. Meena, Asha sarath were also good to watch. Shajon, normally type-casted as a comedian, Makes a brilliant turn-over to a character role.
As a final word, Dhrishyam is becoming a cult classic in Indian Cinema, and it spawns a new genre family crime thriller. Watch it. You'll never get disappointed...
The Hangover Part III (2013)
I'm so glad it is over...
The first part of The Hangover will always remain as a surprise hit, and one of the favorites. Thats that. After that it was total downhill. The second part was pretty much similar to the first part, except that it contained less humor and more violence. We eventually forgot it,since we were still hungover with the first part. Then came the third part. No one asked for trilogy on the saga of wolf pack, still it can as an asteroid above our head, and by mistake I happened to see it.
Initially I thought they had studied their lesson and they are changing their tracks. This time they hadn't any bachelor party and no more roophies to get hungover. Still, one of them had to be vanished. This time it was a hostage situation, and this time too, it was Doug. I must say that I had a few laughs because they reminded me about the first part here and there, with the visit to Jade and Carlos, but soon, it became intolerable. A useless heist plot and Chow as a villain, and above all, a climax which made no sense at all.
Briefly, if you haven't seen the second part but the first part, be happy with it. You are on a safe zone and further journey will be really bumpy. If you have seen the second part, just give it a try, because it is as bad as it's predecessor. Nothing more to say....
High expectation gone in vain...
A sci-fi movie from the well-acclaimed director of District 9, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Surely, the scale of expectation was high above, and I myself counted Elysium as a strong contender this year. But, when it finally hit the theaters, sadly, everything gone in vain. Neill Blomkamp handled a subject that was repeated a lot of times before, but with a fresh environment, that is , in a distant future. What he planned to convey that whether we live in stone age, or a civilized one , the difference between rich and poor will remain till the end, and there will be some people who will risk their lives to overcome that difference.
Blomkamp presented Max De Costa as a common man, not as a freedom fighter. That was a good move, since Max doesn't had much obligations to follow. He fought for his survival, his own life, and we can accept that there are no super heroes in Elysium. Supporting casts like Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley are also presented as people who lives for their own cause. It shows how aloof will be the society in a crisis. Technically, Elysium has it's own standards, and by no means it is comparable to D9. Lots of us considered D9 as a benchmark, and unfortunately, they couldn't value the existence of Elysium because of that.
What went wrong with Elysium was that it never dealt with the actual problems of people which lives in a chaotic society. I mean, was they only needed medical assistance? The whole world is polluted, and why don't they demand any technology that will reduced the pollution, instead of the ticket to Elysium. Science is much advanced to filter out dead cells and recreate new ones, right. What about their food source, and many important stuffs like that. Elysium forgot to maintain a strong plot over the platform which was provided by the story. The rest was a consequence of that fault.
On the acting department, Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley done a convincing part as Max and Kruger. Alice Braga didn't had much to do, and Jodie Foster was an unnecessary addition to the cast. The action sequences and special effects are plausible.
As a final word, watch it without any hope of magic that we had in D9, and You may enjoy Elysium......
A horror movie without much horror
Dark castle entertainment had given us interesting piece of movies like Orphan and House of Wax. So, I expected a little much from Splice, and I am truly disappointed with it. Splice is a movie labeled as a horror movie without much on its stock to scare us. In fact, it is more of a biological thriller, much like Outbreak, or Cabin Fever. It showcases a wrongly went experiment and it's consequences, in a not so interesting manner. The movie forwards some questions about todays scientific approaches on genetics. Designer babies and artificial lives are hot topics in todays medical researches, and the future of these experiments are in fact ambiguous. May be thats what Vincenzo Natali actually wanted to give through the movie, but the premises and presentation somewhat made the movie's attention to deviate from it.
Speaking about acting department, Adrian Brody still suffers from the post-pianist chaos. That guy is struggling to find a breakthrough and Splice wasn't a safe choice. With as much dry as it was, Brody doesn't even had any presence on the subject. Sarah Polly managed to give a reasonable performance, and Delphine Chanéac and Dren wasn't a bad one either. The supporting cast is as good as mannequins.
Technical aspects are also passable, and the design of the creature deserves appreciation. Apart from that Splice was a mess which ridden with horror clichés and loose characters. Watch it, if you have nothing else to do......
City Lights (1931)
Chaplin movies are always concentrated on the misery and sorrow of ordinary people. His famous tramp is presented as the core common man in most of his movies like Gold Rush, Modern Times, etc. According to me, the best Chaplin movie is The Great Dictator. But, as tramp, it's City Lights which captures the grace of Chaplin at peak.
Story picks a tramp, and his romantic interest, a flower girl. His attempts to support the gave gives way to so many hilarious situations. As an addition, there is an eccentric millionaire, his butler, and a boxing match. Behind every laugh, there will be a stinging pain, and Chaplin successfully captured the woes and worries of the men who lived in this world, with the best as he could.
Words won't be enough to praise the artist in Chaplin, since he is one of the pioneers of world cinema. There are no wonder that he made these movies brilliant, because that what he had experienced in his childhood. He conjured his suffering days into the celluloid, and we are calling them classics. Even after all these years, we wonders, sighs, laughs with the tramp, and the master behind all these will be laughing too, from heavens....
The Lion King (1994)
Classic tale from Disney
It's been long since I have read the comic version of Lion King, but I never got a chance to see the animated version. Today, I watched the movie without much anticipation, since I was aware of much of the movie. But, I was amazed by it, the way it is presented, which suits both children and adults. The tale of Mahabharata is identical to the plot. The king who lost his kingdom by the betrayal of his cousin, his wandering days through forest along with his brothers and wife, his comeback and the great war. We Indians values our epics, and they say every story is rooted on Mahabharata. As for Lion King, the depiction of our saga was a brilliant one. Classic Disney treatment helped it to capture the essence of pride.
The movie is not a computer animated one, which is now a sensation, but Lion King is compatible to any movie that releases today. It has sentiments, a strong message, and with little humor as possible. There are many Japanese animation movies, notably from Hayao Miyasaki. They are timeless classics, yet are not computer animated. We can place Lion King, of course with many other Disney movies, with them. I am pretty sure that I can watch it again and again with out annoyance, because thats why it is called a classic...
Lord of the rings trilogy was an epic. There is no doubt about it. It had the material to extend it into a 4-5 movie series, which would have been great. Instead, Peter Jackson accomplished a remarkable venture in movie history, by making a trilogy which spans at an average of above 3 hours. When it came to Hobbit, the odds turned against to it. After watching the second part of Hobbit series, the major thing bothered me was it's uneventful presentation. Desolation of Smaug is in no means a bad movie. It has it's moments and assets. It is way superior than the predecessor and entertains as any other movie in the middle-earth saga. Also, it features the best ever hobbit in the movie adaptations of Tolkien's middle-earth. Martin Freeman, as Bilbo Baggins, forwards a superior performance, which is way better than Frodo and Sam. The visual effects are stunning and 3-D effects are also refreshing. But what went wrong with the whole series was, the plot is so simple and it deserved a fast treatment. All these dwarf-quest can be explained in two movies, and it is unnecessarily extended into a trilogy. I am not pretty sure that why I should go back to see the third part, because everything from here is clear as crystal. A dragon who wants to destroy the fisherman village, a man who waits for the dragon with a black arrow, an elf-dwarf love story, an elf who chases an orc who may be will find a pale one too, a forwarding army of orcs, and a wizard in cage. Along with a group of dwarfs and a hobbit. Lets hope There And Back Again will surprise me.....
An underrated movie
I wonder, is there any other movie that made me this much fascinated??? No, because this is the first movie that I have seen in this style, even before 'Groundhog Day' and '12 monkeys', and the first one is always special. Speaking about Triangle, it is one of those movies that haunted me even after two weeks later. I watched it when there was some work had been going over the electricity line and I lost power in the middle of the movie. I spent the next one hour without power, thinking about what had became of those characters on the ship, and I wandered without patience. When finally I finished it, I couldn't explain the horror and joy I felt at the same time. Those were some precious moments.
Now, about movie. Triangle holds the conventional horror elements which it couldn't wither away. That was a downside for the movie, and it never gave a conclusion about the title, that whether it was about Bermuda, or was just a representation of the triangular story structure. Whatever it is, Triangle still has it's arsenal fully prepared to amuse us. The director Christopher smith is a talented horror movie maker and had proved it with the movies creep and severance. But, unlike his other movies, Triangle never showcases the gruesome elements, and it focuses on the character jess, and her struggles to cope up with the realities. Some of us will find out it as a poorly prepared mash up, still as a mystery movie triangle holds some thoughts and it definitely needs our attention.
Time to nut up or shut up...
Zombie movies are a cultural phenomena to the modern world. Classics like night of the living dead and zombie paved a walk for the successors and more like dawn of the dead, resident evil and 28 days later have followed. Eventually the interest in zombies deteriorated since the flesh-eaters doesn't had much to contribute. So, movie-makers found a way to revive the genre, which was to add a few sprinkles of humor. The first one was 'Shaun of the dead', and then came zombieland. As the movie promises, zombieland is a fun ride, with lots of laugh and not so scary dead-walkers. Plot doesn't bothers to explain the outbreak of the virus or about the cure, but who cares. All we wanted was a few tough bad-asses shooting and smashing zombies and some situation jokes which will save our money. Zombieland guarantees both.
On the acting department, Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson shines as Columbus and Tallahassee. Apart from social network, this is the movie that I really liked Jesse Eisenberg(normally, I considered him an overrated actor), and as for Harrelson, I never expected him to be this much bad-ass. It's sad thing that Emma stone and Abigail Breslin couldn't catch up with the duo. The movie also featured the most famous cameo ever done - Bill Murray.
The only barrier I experienced was the childish treatments of climax sequences. Other than that, zombieland is worth your money...