Over the years, we’ve been flooded with films and TV series dealing with vampires, ghosts, and other forms of paranormal beings. Some of them have been spooky while others have been nothing less than a laugh riot (no pun intended). Central-American filmmakers seem to be spicing up the genre by adding some Mexican flavour to it. Netflix’s latest horror show titled Diablero, is a great addition to the endless list of horror films and shows on Netflix. No, it’s not similar to “The Haunting of the Hill House”. One can breeze through the series’ first season. The first season is comprised of eight episodes. Continue reading “Diablero on Netflix is for the Demon Lover in You…”
It certainly would be no hyperbole to say that the quality of content available on Netflix has improved quite considerably. 2018 saw some excellent feature films and web shows being churned out for viewers across all age groups. As far as the films are concerned, the American entertainment giant has treated its viewers to some excellent feature films this year around. Right from the Spanish period thriller ‘Gun City, which deals with the countless reasons that led to the outbreak of the Spanish civil war to the Indian romantic comedy “Love per Square Feet”, an Indian romantic comedy that deals with the ever-so-serious problem of housing in Mumbai, we’ve seen some top-notch stuff on Netflix this year around.
Within the crime-thriller genre, Calibre, a film directed by Matt Palmer, kept the netizens such as myself on the edge of their seats. The film is set in the Scottish Highlands and features two friends who embark on a hunting trip. The rest of the film deals with the trials and tribulations both of them face in their bid to keep their crime under the wraps.
The story begins rather simply, with two childhood friends Vaughn and Marcus embarking on a hunting trip. Vaughn and his wife are expecting their first child. Both of them make their way to the Scottish Highlands. The woods appear silent, but there seems to be a significant degree of uneasiness engulfing the highlands. The economic hardships of people, the lack of investment in the area. Both Vaughn and Marcus realize that the place isn’t as welcoming as they thought it’d be.
While hunting, Vaughn sees a deer, lines it up, and shoots, but the bullet accidentally hits a young boy, who happens to be camping in the woods along with his father. Things turn even murkier when Marcus, in his bid to protect Vaughn, ends up shooting the boy’s father. Then begins a game of cat and mouse wherein Vaughn and Marcus try almost all tricks in the bag to cover their crime.
The film’s story is pretty simple. It doesn’t have anything extraordinary, but what stands out in the entire film is the execution. The locations where the film has been shot are beautiful. Another striking feature of the locations happens to be the fact that they do look spooky and secluded. The locations add a certain degree of tension to the overall scenario.
The story might be simple, but it’s quite gripping. Kudos to the film’s writer for adding a pinch of salt and pepper to a cliché suspense thriller. All the ingredients seem to be in place. There’s a perfect blend of suspense, drama, tension, and adrenaline-pumping action. The writers have stuck to the basics and have nailed it, literally. The story is tightly-knit and nothing feels unnecessary. Also, the 100-minute runtime doesn’t feel long and keeps the viewer hooked and guessing.
Take nothing away from the hard work put in by all the actors. The likes of Jack Lowden, Martin McCann, and Tony Curran have pulled off stellar acts to give us one of the finest thriller films of the decade. The actors haven’t relied on dialogues, but on facial expressions. The fear and uncertainty, both of which form the heart and soul of the film, can be clearly seen on the lead pair’s face. There’s no fancy make-up stuff. The faces of all the actors narrate stories. As a viewer, you can feel the tribulations both Vaughn, as well as Marcus, are going through after they accidentally murder the child and his father.
The Dichotomy, the Emotions, and Everything in Between
Throughout the course of the film, there’s an uncanny uneasiness that a viewer can feel. There comes a moment in the film when both Vaughn and Marcus think “Should we confess, or should we not?” There happens to be tension and uncertainty brewing everywhere. Vaughn, in particular, is adamant on keeping the secret covered. He fears for his unborn child and his wife. The mental and emotional toil both of them are subjected to makes one develop a softer side for them. (Come on, you have to feel sad for them. After all, they didn’t murder the boy and his father intentionally. It was an accident. They were at the wrong place at the wrong time, to say the least.
Logan (Tony Curran) tells Vaughn and Marcus about the economic problems their village happens to be facing. There seems to be a severe dearth of investment in the area. Marcus promises to bring business and investment into the village. The locals happen to be well aware of the economic prosperity Marcus can bring in the area. The director hasn’t stretched the issue too much. He’s left it wide open and moves on to concentrate on the characters.
Just about nothing. The film stays true to its purpose. It doesn’t go haywire even once. Also, the climax happens to be quite inevitable but take nothing away from the way it has been executed. I hope there aren’t any spoilers in this review. The film makes for a great binge watch. Miss it at your own risk.
Meghna Gulzar’s latest directorial venture ‘Raazi’ is a sensible spy thriller film with a lot of heart and substance.
Raazi revolves around Sehmat, a 20-year-old college-going Kashmiri girl who agrees to work as a spy for the Indian Intelligence on the request of her ill father. The story traces her journey from being trained as an undercover agent to being married to a Pakistani army officer (Iqbal Syed). Rest of the story deals with how Sehmat succeeds in unearthing vital information while concealing her actual motives. Continue reading “Alia Bhatt’s stellar act powers Raazi”
Diljit Dosanjh is back, this time as a Sikh sepoy fighting the Germans in WW1. Fighting a war and laying down your life for the sake of your motherland is considered the highest sacrifice. But, the question that arises is: Would you sacrifice your life for the very people who colonized you?
In a city as big and crowded as Mumbai, owning a big house is not the easiest thing to imagine. This is exactly what forms the heart and soul of Love per Square Foot, a light-hearted rom-com set in the city of Mumbai. The film tells the story of Sanjay Chaturvedi and Karina D’Souza. Both the principal characters aspire to buy a house of their own. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala and directed by Anand Tiwari, the film is India’s first mainstream feature film to be available online across 150 countries. Continue reading “Love per Square Foot is a light-hearted love story with a pinch of salt and pepper”
First and foremost, Kindly allow me to apologize for coming out with an extremely delayed review. The unbelievably long queues outside the multiplexes are to be blamed for this delay. Buying a couple of tickets for TZH was a real task. Anyways, here I am with a delayed, but elaborate review of Tiger Zinda Hai.
Salman Khan, Bollywood’s and controversy’s favourite child is back, bigger and better. The much-awaited Tiger Zinda Hai has finally hit the screens and it’s as stupendous as ever. Salman Khan is back with a bang after the failure of Tubelight. The film is inspired by a real-life incident where a group of 46 nurses were kidnapped by the ISIS. The film deals with how Salman, along with a bunch of Indian as well as Pakistani agents, rescues the kidnapped nurses from the jaws of a dreadful militant named Abu Usman. The Indian authorities are given seven days to rescue the kidnapped nurses by the American authorities. The head of the Indian Intelligence, Shenoy (Girish Karnad) believes Tiger is the ideal man to execute this rescue operation. Tiger, after some amount of persuasion, agrees to spearhead the operation. The rest of the film deals with how Tiger and his men overpower the ISC in a bid to rescue the trapped nurses. Continue reading “Tiger Zinda hai is over dependent on Salman Khan and his charismatic star power…”
Director Kenneth Branagh is here with a lavish remake of Murder on the Orient Express. The film is an adaptation of a novel written by Agatha Christie. Detective thrillers are known for their jumbled plotline, unanswered questions, a significant breakthrough, and above everything else, a considerable degree of solemnity and thrill. Branagh’s latest offering is a blend of all these elements and to put the icing on the cake, Branagh, who also plays Hercule Poirot, succeeds in stealing the show with his calm and sophisticated demeanour and an old-school moustache. Read on to know more: Continue reading “Murder on the Orient Express: An old-fashioned detective thriller to take you back in time”