• Movie Review

    Jango (2021)

    Having read this to be a time-loop based story, I was looking forward to this film, Jango (2021). Unfortunately, the film was a disappointment. The story’s crux is a familiar theme of a rogue scientist experimenting with human lives for his personal fame and gain, and the hero working against odds to save the world, in this case, he uses poorly the advantage provided by time-loop. There are aliens, space research, brain surgery, murder mystery and the kitchen sink thrown in. The story also includes an estranged couple with the husband trying desperately to get together. I wish the crew had done well, but the film only gets my rotten…

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    2 Alone in Paris (2008)

    During the early days of the pandemic, we saw pictures of the roads of the busiest cities in the world being completely empty and with subsequent lockdowns, the scene became familiar. But to see the famous parts of Paris being deserted and void of people in 2008, when this film was made, should’ve been eerie. That’s the feeling the film, 2 Alone in Paris (Seuls Two), by Directors Ramzy Bedia and Eric Judor tries to create in the audience, unfortunately, the rest of the movie in the name of being a comedy comes out absurd and makes you feel stupid. Available on Netflix it gets my ‘Rotten’ rating. Gervais is…

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    Annaatthe (2021)

    During the ongoing pandemic, Annaatthe (அண்ணாத்த) was the most expected movie by Tamilians worldwide. Inconceivably, the film by Director ‘Siruthai’ Siva was disappointing at all levels, to say the least. It is available on Netflix and gets my ‘Rotten’ rating. The director delivers what he had promised in the trailer. It is about an elder brother from the villages revenging the villains in Kolkata city who wrong his beloved sister. The first half was Annaatthe’s character definition and the winning over of a local bad guy (Prakash Raj). The second half was Annaatthe single-handedly bringing down a mafia kingpin and his brother, all without his sister learning about his presence.…

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    Pon Manickavel (2021)

    Pon Manickavel (பொன் மாணிக்கவேல்): There was a lot of excitement ahead of this film, Prabhu Deva appearing in a police character which he has never played before, a title taken from the name of a famous police officer who is known across the state for his efficiency and honesty and music by D.Imman. All that couldn’t save a disastrous screenplay. Available on Disney+Hotstar it gets my ‘Rotten’ rating. Pon Manickavel (Prabhu Deva) is an honest and sharp police officer who has resigned from his job after being disgusted with the system. He is called back to duty after the sensational murder of a sitting judge. Much to the annoyance of…

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    Kodiyil Oruvan (2021)

    Vijay Antony is known to opt for interesting stories to compensate for his acting skills, but Kodiyil Oruvan (கோடியில் ஒருவன்) is a cookie-cutter good vs evil story and a lazy screenplay. It is about an IAS aspiring youngster who is forced to fight the local politician(s) in order to save the students living in the community from taking to alcohol and crimes. Director Ananda Krishnan, whose Metro (2016) was good, has made a mediocre film. The film which made a theatrical release in September is now available on Amazon Prime Video, gets my ‘Rotten’ rating. Vijaya Raghavan (Vijay Antony) is born on a traumatic night where a local politician kills…