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The Conjuring 2 (2016)
A mesmerizing horror flick that is one of the better movie sequels in recent memory
The Conjuring came out in the year 2013. It was a supernatural horror movie based on a real life incident, set in the 1970s, and it focused on the efforts of the demonologists Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren to help a distressed family get rid of an evil spirit, which had possessed one of the family members. The movie had its scary moments and was fun to watch from the start to the finish. The Conjuring received rave reviews from both critics and fans alike and was a commercial success. This left the audience craving for a sequel, and after the release of the somewhat disappointing spin-off movie called "Annabelle", the developers finally released the sequel called "The Conjuring 2" this year in 2016.
The Conjuring 2 is a very similar movie to the first movie and follows a similar plot line. The movie is set three years after the first Conjuring and once again a family in distress is haunted by an evil spirit in their place of residence in England. The family begs for help for Ed and Lorraine Warren to help them, after it is obvious that the local authorities or the priests could not control the situation. What separates this plot line from the first movie is that this particular job is more personal for Lorraine and Ed Warren.
Much like the Conjuring, this movie is based on a real life case, although it has been glorified for theatrical and dramatic reasons to engross the audience. This movie actually comes off as more scary than the first movie, because the spirit or demon in this movie seems far more powerful and dangerous than the one the prequel and there is more focus on the horror sections as compared to the first movie. The first movie did very well due to its dramatic performances from the lead actors and comparatively was not that scary.
Performance wise, the cast does really well. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are almost perfect for the role of Lorraine and Ed Warren respectively and give their best effort. Madison Wolfe who plays the possessed girl Janet, also performs very well in her role. Frances O'Connor who plays the role of the mother of the children, also does an excellent job of playing the role of a mother who is traumatized with what has happened. The rest of cast also gives a commendable effort.
The sound effects of the movie are done remarkably well as they add to the horror element of the move and intensifies the scary moments in the movie to engage and gripe the audience, and this results in many nerve-racking moments throughout the entire movie. The movie is not heavy on special effects or gimmicks, the special effects are just on point and the creepy background and demonic voices only add to the horror element of the movie.
My main problem with the movie would be with the length, the movie goes longer than 2 hours and somewhat drags by the time it reaches the climax. The movie drags on so long is because of the heavy involvement of the media in it, some people in the media were hell bent on proving that the family was faking the incident. This movie could have done without these sections.
Overall the Conjuring 2 is a great supernatural horror movie and a great follow up to its predecessor. Nowadays, movie sequels hardly deliver and are more of a cash grab that is not the case with the Conjuring as the movie is arguably almost as good as or even better than the first movie, and in many instances also creepier than the first movie. This is a must watch for anyone who likes to watch horror movie, it would be a mesmerizing experience from the start to the finish.
A great movie which fantastically portrays the events of Kuwait Invasion
Airlift is based on Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in the year 1990, which resulted in the airlift of over 1 lac Indians, who were trapped in Kuwait because of the invasion. A rescue operation of this magnitude had never taken place before and may never take place again. And this entire movie perfectly portrays these events.
We follow a business Tycoon named Katiyal, who at the start of a movie is a conniving individual, who will go to any lengths to earn a profit, he also thinks of himself in a league of own and does not really care about his subordinates or servants. Things change when the Invasion takes place, and the people start to get killed. Although the Iraqi soldiers were just killing the Kuwaitis, Indians and others were also being killed if their identities were not confirmed.
Kaityal turns over a completely new leaf and now he is not only trying to escape Kuwait himself for the safety of his own family, but he is also trying to save more than 1 lac Indians who are trapped in Kuwait. And this does not just include his employees but other Indians trapped on Kuwait, who Katiyal does not even know. Katiyal goes to great lengths to get these Indians out of Kuwait, failing many times but never giving up hope. Although Katiyal could leave himself with his family, he simply refuses to abandon his people.
Katiyal's character development throughout the movie is a huge high point, and Akshay Kumar plays his role perfectly. The other supporting characters in the movie who get screen time including Katiyal's wife and friends, Iraqi general, also stand out in their performances. the dialogue is also very well written, which leads to many memorable scenes.
However, i do wish they could have explored a little bit more on how Kuwait was before the invasion, and a little more in-depth look into Katiyal's conniving businessman character. This would have made the movie and Katiyal's character development even better.
Airlift is a fantastic, it is not your average Masala flick, but a more realistic movie based on a real life incident, with tremendous performances and acting by the cast, which will not only entertain you, but also inspire you and touch your heart.
Overall Rating: 9/10
Excellent Movie with an interesting story and brilliant performances from it's lead actors.
Wazir is an Indian drama thriller starring Amitabh Bachan and Farhan Akhtar in the main lead.
Honestly with these two in the lead you can expect nothing but top notch performances when it comes to acting. Amitabh Bachan always delivers in his roles even at this age he plays his roles and characters with all his might and heart. As far as Farhan Akhtar goes, I have always considered him a good actor, his roles in Luck by Chance and Karthik Calling Karthik in particular were excellently portrayed. Here Farhan Akhtar plays the role of officer Danish exceptionally well, with brilliant acting and dialogue delivery.
However it is not just the acting of the main lead actors that makes this films. Other actors who get far less screen time perform their roles exceptionally well. Aditi Rao Hydari plays her role well as the wife of Danish (Farhan Akhtar), Manav Kaul is good in his role as Minister Yazaad Qureshi). And Neil Nitin Mukesh is just fantastic in his antagonistic role as Wazir. Sadly Neil hardly gets any screen time, but his performance in the small amount of time he got is worthy of nothing but praise. I would love to see him in a movie with him as the lead main villain, he is just so good at it.
The story is interesting and it will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. The plot is also not filled with a lot of complex or overly complicated aspects regarding politicians and terrorists, it just keeps things simple for the casual audiences, which is good. There is also a a lot of dialogue which is just specifically about the art of chess, this dialogue is not pointless at all, instead it is symbolic to the entire movie.
The film is also not that long in length, which also gives it a replay value, there are few good songs in between, which are not that long and suit the situation they are being played in. Songs do not take anything away from the immersion in the movie. The sound effects during the action sequences are fine. And the action sequences in particular are well shot are not overdone
If there is any criticism I can come up with, it is that this film expects us to heavily suspend our disbelief and in some instances it is not realistic at all, although the director, crew and the cast try to ensure that everything in the movie comes off as realistic. But several sections of the movie force us to suspend our disbelief taking away from the realism of the overall movie.
Overall Wazir was a fantastic drama thriller film, with brilliant acting, with many interesting twists and turns, which will have you on the edge of our seat. This is a film which any fan of Big B, Farhan Akhtar or fans of drama thrillers in general would enjoy watching.
Overall Rating: 9/10
A good thriller based on a true murder case.
I have grown up watching many different thrillers on television, that includes the Crime Patrol TV Series on Sony TV which also shows cases and investigations based on true crimes and incidents.
Talwar is a similar concept. This is a movie based on the 2008 Noida Murder case where a teenage girl and house servant were found murdered in their house and after a series of investigations by both the police officers and the CBI, the parents were convicted of the murders.
This movie tries to cover up all the aspects of the case and how the investigations were conducted by the police officers and CBI and it is done well for the most part. The carelessness of the police officers is shown at the start of the movie and how poorly it was handled resulting in the loss of crucial evidence. The investigation conducted by the CBI teams is also shown where two different teams use different approaches to handle the case. Motives of the murder by both the parents and the servant's friends were also investigated.
Although it is evident that the parents in this film are portrayed in a sympathetic light and they seem like the victims here. However, after reading about the original murder case, the parents behavior and the answers they came up with during the real investigation seemed very shady. The parents in this film feel like they were heavily victimized and the police just blamed them to cover up the botched investigations. Which is to an extent also true when it comes to the real case itself but the parents were also being very suspicious from what I read about the original case.
Regardless of this aspect, the film's direction is very good, and it kept me on the edge of my seat to see what happens next, and what other turn would this investigation take. Acting wise Konkona Sen Sharma and Neeraj Kabi perform well as the victim's parents. Irrfan Khan is excellent in his role as CBI officer and offers some humor to the film, although I feel like his side romance story with Tabu was not needed in the film. The other actors are fine, the actors who play as servants could have performed better honestly, I understand the Nepali origin of their characters but the performances seemed lacking in some cases.
The film concludes as the original case did with the parents being convicted although in the end of this film it feels like something was amiss and the wrong people were charged with the murders. Honestly we will never know, the decision has been made.
Talwar is a great film with does a good job of portraying all the angles on the Noida Murder case on screen. Any fan of crime thrillers should watch this, even ones who don't about this case will entertained for this film's entire duration.
Overall Rating: 8/10
A really good movie of Dexter's Laboratory
I grew up as a huge fan of the Dexter's Laboratory TV series, I was a huge fan, and I was always looking forward to it's episodes on cartoon network.Boomerang cartoon were just awesome, Dexter's lab, along with Powerpuff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog and Ed, Edd and Eddy were among my favorites. But out of all them I loved Dexter's lab the most. I loved Dexter's character and found Dee annoying, his parents were also hilarious and funny in an entertaining sort of way. Once the second season ended in 1998. The director of the TV series came up with the idea for a movie for Dexter's laboratory.
Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip includes most of the elements which made the TV series great, Dexter's character, Mandark, Dexter's rivalry with Mandark, Dee Dee's tendency to push buttons. Although most of this movie is focused on the rivalry between Dexter and Mandark, Dee hardly gets any screen time, Mom and Dad only appear at the start never to be seen again, that is a disappointment, along with that Ego Trip is not a full length movie, it was lasts for around 50 minutes. Which is far less time. Maybe they could have made this movie longer and had other characters make a cameo or had Dad, Mom or Dee Dee get more screen time or have dexter spend more time future time period.
I heard people saying that the movie was too dark with a lack of humor, I disagree, I found wimpy Dexter hilarious, his interactions with younger Dexter were also funny. Old Dexter was the funniest Dexter and his interactions with the other two were also hilarious. Mandark on the other hand also has his funny moments. Sadly Dee who was a major part of the series' humor does not appear a lot, but the ending scene in which she appears with all the Mandarks saying "Dee Dee" was funny.
Additionally the film is well voice acted just like the TV series, the animations are fantastic just like they were in the first two seasons of the show, the action packed scenes including Action Dexter fighting mandark's robots, and all the dexters fighting the Mandarks and his minion robots was also entertaining and the background art and animations of the cities and different time periods was presented well. the soundtrack is also great just like the TV show.
Apart from several characters not making an appearance, many not getting screen time, there is not much wrong with this movie. Although I wish it was longer, but its short length gives it tons of replay value, you may as well want to watch it just like you watch the episodes of the TV series of Dexter's Lab.
Overall Ego trip is an entertaining affair and a really good cartoon movie just just a few shortcomings, but if you were a fan of the TV show you will find this movie enjoyable. Many people consider this the last episode of Dexter's Lab as seasons 3 and 4 are not that well liked among the fans. Now I don't think seasons 3 and 4 were terrible, they had a few good episodes, but this movie is more on par with the first two seasons of Dexter's laboratory which made the series so great.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
One of the best Sci-Fi action movies ever
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is easily one of the greatest Science Fiction films ever created. Almost everything about this film from top to bottom, from the start to it's finish it's perfect. The direction is fantastic and it is unbelievable that this film was shot in the 1990s when the technology was so redundant, the action scenes and affects in this film are almost unbelievable for 1991. All the scenes are shot well and are interesting to watch, and they are pinnacle for the all the Sci-Fi action films that came in the future. Many Action Sci-Fi films could learn to base their action scenes off of this movie because it's that good.
The sound affects and the music is also perfect for the times when it is played and the sound effects are loud and well orchestrated.
It is not just about the action and the direction when it comes to T2:JD, the storyline is also interesting and it will keep you on the edge of your seat and the storytelling is also top notch and you are always wondering what is going to happen next. The film is not based on mindless action it is intelligent storytelling at it's finest and the Perfect follow up to and a perfect continuation of the first terminator movie. I was always on the Edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. The dialog is also interesting at all times and all the actors are almost perfect in their roles. They are so perfect that I cannot even imagine anyone else playing their roles.
Arnold is fantastic in his role as T-101 this time playing as the savior or the good guy unlike the first movie where he played the antagonist. If you thought he did a great job as an antagonist in the first film. You will be blown away here, he is even better as a protagonist and is acting and his voice and accent are almost perfect to play a cyborg, it just works so well.
Edward Furlong who was only a teenager at the time is just fantastic in his role, his acting, facial expressions, emotions and dialog delivery are all top notch and his interactions with both Linda (Sarah Connor) and Arnold (Terminator) are fantastic and memorable scenes.
Linda Hamilton plays a different role than she did in the first movie, in the first film she was an innocent person who was victimized this movie show how her character has developed and how she has grown tougher and stronger after the first film determined to protect John and prevent the end of the world from coming. This is perfect character development in a movie and Linda does a marvelous Job. Lastly Robert Patrick who does not talk much is a great antagonist, he is silent and mysterious and cold and calculated as that serious angry expression on his face most of the time which works so well, the action scenes between him and Arnold are just a thing of beauty and perfectly shot. the rest of the supporting cast including Doctor Silverman pare also great in their roles. Almost nothing bad I can say about the acting in this film.
Overall Terminator 2: Judgement Day is not only one of the greatest Action Sci-Fi films ever made, it is one of the best films ever, it is a perfect balance of good storyline and good action which is a rarity for Hollywood nowadays. Add to that the perfect direction and brilliant casting and performances from almost the entire cast. You have got a brilliant film a one you can watch again again. This is the perfect follow up to the first Terminator Movie, the sequels to T2:JD which were Terminator 3: Rise of Machines and Terminator Salvation were alright but they did not live up to the first 2 films and were honestly not needed. The first two films completed the story they wanted to tell.
Overall Rating: 10/10
Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (2014)
I write long reviews for most movies, but for Wrong Turn 6, I will keep this short.
I highly recommend not to watch this movie, it's storyline is boring and it is mostly filled with too many out of place and at times disgusting and even cringe worthy sex scenes. Speaking of the violent scenes, there are plenty of them in this movie, but they are just ridiculous at times. Did this film scare me? Yeah a couple of times when they did the jump scares and when they showed some really gory, bloody and disgusting scenes. Believe me some scenes in this movie will make you have nightmares it's just that gory.
The storyline is nothing to write home about, it moves at a slow pace and it is just not interesting, the acting is not good but what would you expect from a group of small time actors. Near the end I was just begging for it to be over, the movie was only 90 minutes long but felt like 9 hours with its slow plot. Wrong Turn 1 was a good horror movie, but not an instant classic that spawned so many sequels.
Bottomline don't watch Wrong Turn 6, unless of-course you like to watch sex and tons of violence, but if you are looking for a good and intelligent and interesting horror movie, with nice characters, storyline , nice scares, well then this film is not for you, which is what I want when watching a movie then avoid this film at all costs you are better off spending time elsewhere.
The Others (2001)
A very good horror film with a spectacular conclusion
When I first heard of The Others, I honestly was that not interested in watching it, it's premise seemed like a generic horror flick and the plot about a mother living with her photosensitive children alone in a large house or mansion sounded as generic as it gets. How many horror movies we have seen with families living in an abandoned Haunted mansion? The Others didn't seem that different even if the children were suffering from a rare illness or disease, it became hard for me to distinguish the Others from your average generic horror flick. All that was until I actually watched this great film was absolutely mesmerized with it.
The film starts out slow, as you are introduced to the characters and the new servants are hired to work in the house and you are introduced to the children and find out about the rare disease they suffer from. As the plot unfolds and the film moves on, events start to unfold, some weird incidents and noises start to occur in the house making the mother, the children and the servants realize that they are not alone in the house, making them believe it is haunted. The plot keeps on unfolding when the unforeseen twist occurs in the end, which I honestly did not see coming at all. It was shocking and was so well handled and executed that it is in my opinion one of the best scenes in horror films even though the scene in retrospect is not that scary but it is the shock factor that makes that scene so great to watch.
Performance wise, Nicole plays Grace, the mother of the two children perfectly, she is strict towards her children and tries to discipline them, but is also well protective of them and loves them deeply, she is also depressed about being cut off from the rest of the world due to her children's condition. Bertha Mills who plays the nanny does a fantastic job in her role as a kind old lady but there is something that always remains mysterious about her especially in the later part of the film where she behaves oddly and it seems like that she is up to something with the other servants.
The boy who plays Nicolas was actually good in his role, a kid who is scared, and is a sort of a momma's boy who is deeply attached to his mother, and he is scared about the recent haunting in the house. That brings me to Alakina Mann the girl who play's Ann. She received nominations for her performance in this film and it is very well deserved. It is a one of best performances a child artist has done in a horror film, she can be funny, she can be mysterious and creepy, and can also play a serious role. All of which she does in this film. Ann's character was extremely deep and the actress who played her did her job as perfectly as she can. The rest of the cast also performs well and serve well in their roles.
Overall, before the watched the Others, I was thinking about watching just another horror film but I was so wrong, this is a fantastic film, with several scary parts and creepy scenes, a slow but well developed plot and a spectacular twist which will leave you in awe and leave you talking about it for days, and make you watch the entire film entirely from a different perspective.
Overall Rating: 9/10.
The last act ruins what could have been a good film.
The Identity had a a lot of good things going for it and before I watched it I expected a good suspense/thriller film. First of all John Cusack was in this film and he always puts on good performances in the roles that he is given, he carried the above average horror flick 1408, and made it so much more entertaining and fun to watch with his enthusiastic performance. Identity had John Cusack and also had a large cast of other actors many of which I did not know of. But the basic plot at the premise of the whole film was very appealing. I was expecting something good in the very least.
Movie was going in the right direction, not only Cusack but rest of the cast performed well, and the settings and environments seemed appealing and the film was only getting better by the minute, until the last 1/4 portion of the movie where the big twist was revealed.
Now don't get me wrong twists are not bad, sometimes they up the status of the film and may make you come back for a second viewing, leave you shocked and leave room for interpretations. Another psychological horror/thriller Sixth Sense had a great twist; another suspense/thriller film like Usual Suspects had a great twist. The Others a horror film also had a great twist. But this film goes with the terrible it was all a dream concept which ruins all the interesting characters this film was trying to make us care about throughout most of the it. This Dream concept can work if executed right but here this concept ruins everything. We come to the realization that it all in the head of a mentally unstable serial killer who has multiple personalities in his brain, each of which is portrayed by the characters in the movie, the serial killer personality is the killing off the other characters (personalities) which represent something good in the killer or a softer side to him.
I don't see this as an intelligent concept because it's premise is flawed from the start, personalities co-exist in the brain they don't try to kill each other off as portrayed in the movie, neither they are numbered in a specific order as portrayed in the movie. I thought the film was heading somewhere interesting when we found out all characters had the same birth date and had last names of countries or cities, but apparently all this was to present them as a personality in a psychopath's head.
Plus it's laughable who turns out to be the killer/evil personality at the end. We do agree to suspend our disbelief to a point when watching film but this is just unbelievable, I guess they just wanted to SHOCK us by revealing the kid as the killer, they decided to make the whole scenario take place in a psychopath's head to pass off the possibility of the kid as a killer just to SHOCK us. I wrote off the kid as a suspect the second I saw him just like anyone would, because which movie is ridiculous enough to portray a little child as a Serial Killer? I don't see how is this intelligent in anyway, it is nonsensical, ruins the characters and ruins the suspense the movie had. Why should we care Cusack's character left his police job, why should we care about the Detective being a prisoner disguised as a cop, why care about the problems the couple was having , why care about that women's condition after the car accident. Why should we care about a psychopath guy who appears for like 5 minutes in the movie and what happens in his head and why should we care about what is happening in the head of a serial killer in the first place. Why care about anything at all. This twist ruins the whole thing and reveals that caring about anything related to the backstory of the characters is pointless and is not real and represents something in the psychopath's head.
Overall, Identity had a good basic premise, good performances and a good setting , and was only getting better but it will all ruined by the film's twist, which ruins everything this film established in its first half.
Overall Rating: 4/10.
The year 2004 was a great year for Hollywood. As this year brought many brilliant, memorable and big budget movies to Hollywood which were both critically and commercially successful. Saw was one of those films which was actually the wild card. It was an independent film with a low budget and a new entry into the survival horror and suspense/thriller genre of movies, with so many movies of the genre already out during that during time period, Saw was the dark house and it was not known whether it would be successful or not.
Saw turned out to be a such a big success that it spawned 6 sequels. I always wanted to watch this movie as I am a fan of genre, but what put me off was that there was a lot of gore in this movie. I can handle violence but after watching many films with so much pointless gore and bloodshed just for the sake of it, I did not get around to watching this movie until recently.
The film puts you right into the action two men who don't know each other are trapped in a room together with a corpse, with no idea how they got there, they find out that some serial killer coin named the Jigsaw has trapped them there and wants them to play his Game to survive, than several events unfold with the two guys attempting to find out a way out, and also trying to get to know each other knowing that these maybe their final hours. The film also switches back and forth with flashback sequences of both guys that led them to that place which adds to the suspense of the film, we also get a flashback on some of the earlier Games played by the Jigsaw. There is also an interesting side story about a cop named Dupp who is obsessed with Jigsaw.
The films starts out great and will have you hooked to your seats and it adds to the mystery that the film was not told in a chronological order but kept on switching back and forth between the present and past sequences this leaves rooms for more shocking twists and more mysteries to be revealed.
Of course there was a twist at the end and I was not able to figure it out, I was actually shocked and the idea about it did not even cross my mind. But this twist leaves some ambiguity, interpretation and some suspension of disbelief. But the twist delivered in terms of shock value and many did not see it coming as I can tell from forums online.
The film is well shot and well directed, and the violence and gore is there but not to the extreme levels I expected so I did not find it that bad. Acting is fine, Adam and Lawrance do act somewhat naturally for the situation they were put in, Lawrence's character development by the end was also handled well. The Jigsaw did not get screen time a whole a lot but his voice was just menacing and villainous, and the mystery about him just adds to his character makes the character more thrilling and scary. The actor who plays the former detective Tapp also did a fine job. Shawnee Smith as Amanda was great in her cameo she played her traumatized character very well. The acting is not Oscar worthy or anything like that but I thought it was fine and done well.
Saw is an enjoyable horror/thriller film, It had me hooked from my seat from the beginning to the end and was extremely fun to watch. Although I am a fan of the genre there are films of this genre which I find tiresome and hard to sit through and mostly find myself skipping through the scenes , Saw was the complete opposite of such films it had me glued to my seat and I was anticipated to see what happens next. The end left me in shock and after the ending I am still thinking about this movie and it's story and trying to interpret it's events. This is a great survival horror, suspense, mystery which is recommended to any fan of the genre.