NIBUNAN (2017)

 Director: Arun Vaidyanathan Casts: Arjun Sarja, Prasanna, Vaibhav, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Shruthi Hariharan Music: S. Navin Language: Tamil Genre: Action / Crime / Thriller
Plot: DSP Ranjith (Arjun) and his two subordinates are on a mission to hunt down a psychotic serial killer who murders with complex patterns that leaves a clue for the next.
Review: It is always a delight when you know that a promising director like Arun is coming back to direct after almost ten years. After his dazzling debut with the universally acclaimed ‘Achchamundu Achchamundu (2008)’, Arun has whipped up an intense crime thriller with Action Arjun. Coincidentally, it’s the veteran actor’s 150th film. Will it be a memorable venture?
The main challenge for Arun as a director is to come up with a fresh police film for an actor like Arjun who has don


                                                                                          Critic - No.121 Director: Edgar Wright Casts: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eriza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx Music: Steven Price Language: English Genre: Action / Crime / Music
Plot: A young getaway driver vows to be part of a final heist before starting a life with his soul mate. However, he is forced into another dangerous crime doomed to fail.
Review: You can never expect something straightforward or downright serious from a filmmaker like Edgar Wright. After a series of summer blockbusters filled with CGI galore, Edgar Wright brings you to the days where movies were thrilling with swift plot twist, racy wheel chases and a sprinkle of clich├ęd but admirable romantic kisses.
The film opens up with a long take of Baby walking through a day of heist accompanied by his energetic, driving playlist. The sequence evolves into a racy car chase as the crew scoots off after heist. But all these are …


                                                                                          Critic - No.120 Director: Pushkar-Gayathri Casts: R.Madhavan, Vijay Sethupathi, Kathir, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Shraddha Srinath, Prem Music: Sam C.S Language: Tamil Genre: Crime / Mystery / Thriller
Plot: ‘Vikram Vedha’ is a cat and mouse chase of conscience between a loyal police officer and dreaded gangster.
Review: Pushkar-Gayathri is a director duo that sparked off the new age film making through their whacky treatment in ‘Oram Po’ back in 2007. I believe that they gave two films that had all the potential to become a game changer in Kollywood. However, the reception for new age films was relatively lower during 2007-2010, a time where masala biggies were dominating. Cut to 2017, the duo strikes back with an exciting combination and concept that has made the right noise this time from the very first announcement.
The film opens up with an animated depiction of Vikramathithiyan and Vedalam tales that b…

DUNKIRK (2017)

                                                                                          Critic - No.119
Director: Christopher Nolan Casts: Fionn Whitehead,Tom Glynn Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Cilliam Murphy, MarkRylance Music: Hans Zimmer Language: English Genre: Action / Drama / History
Plot: Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Review: After an experimental last entry, ‘Interstellar (2014)’, the contemporary auteur, Christopher Nolan is back with a story rooted to the hearts of many who were affected by the Dunkirk incident during the World War II. The significant historical moment is told in a gripping way with more personal moments than a grand scale war spectacle. By dividing the story into three parts (mole, sea and air), Nolan packs unpredictable turns and emotional peaks that converge into a powerful climax.
Running for a crisp 106 minutes, the film marks a…


                                                                               Critic - No.118 Director: John Watts Casts: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton,Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau Language: English Genre:  Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
Plot: Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life between an ordinary high school student in New York City and his superhero alter ego Spider-Man when a new threat arises.
Review: We have seen many versions and takes on depicting the neighbourhood superhero, but this one might be the most relatable of all. Despite having no grand plot, ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’ is pumped up with some energetic presentation, one which might show the real, authentic ‘spidey’. Like all the other Spider-man franchises, the film walks on the line, ‘with great power lies great responsibility’. But the freshness lies on the way it is treated here with no sign of pretentious superhero moments. In fact, a total street level superhero flic…

OKJA (2017)

                                                                               Critic - No.117 Director: Bong Joon Ho Casts: Ahn Seo-Hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Byun Hee-Bong, Giancarlo Esposito, Shirley Henderson, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins Language: English / Korean / Spanish Genre:  Action / Adventure / Drama
Plot: Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend - a super pig named Okja.
Review: Boon Joon Ho is one of the filmmakers who contribute heavily to popular cinema with his successful filmography that impacts widespread of global audience. His balance of melodrama, visual grammar and his pick of societal issues make his films relevant worldwide.
‘Okja’ adds to the winning streak of the filmmaker as he addresses about animal cruelty, corporate responsibilities and meat consumption threaded with a strong tasteful melodrama. There are visual and thematic elements that do remind us of Terry Gilliam’s ‘Brazil (1985)’…


                                                                               Critic - No.116 Director: Balaji Mohan, Casts: Balaji Mohan, Sundar Ramu, Dhanya Balakrishna, Baby Yuvina, Nakshathra Nagesh, Sanath Reddy, Abishek Joseph George and Sanjana Music: Satish Raghunathan Language: Tamil Genre: Romance / Comedy Running Time: 22-25 mins (10 episodes)

Plot: Set in urban Chennai, this mockumentary cum web series tells the story of four couples negotiating the perceptual meanings of modern-day love.
Review: Balaji Mohan has always been a live wire of innovation right from his first flick. In fact he was one of the first few young filmmakers who started the new age trend, giving the industry a different direction. If ‘Kadhalil Sothapuvadhu Eppadi (2012)’ introduced mockumentary genre to Tamil cinema, ‘Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (2014)’ was a bold satire told in a backdrop of quirky, fantasy-based screenplay. But what made him stand in the big league was ‘Maari (2015)’ that served as a Masala film t…