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Lockup (2020) is a murder mystery starring Vaibhav, Venkat Prabhu, Vani Bhojan and Easwari Rao. In the first half itself, we are able to guess the identity of the guilty party(s), the victim and the rough motives, but thanks to a fast screenplay by Director SG Charles and good cinematography, the film was still enjoyable throughout. It is available on Zee5. The story is about the murder of a police inspector and the suicide of a middle-aged woman. An honest police officer played by Easwari Rao starts investigating the case. The local police station’s staff headed by Venkat Prabhu are…

C U Soon (2020) is a Malayalam mystery film that has been made during the pandemic, by following social distancing and entirely with a smartphone. For that reason, I am rating the film one notch higher at “Ripe” on my MangoIdiots scale than I would’ve otherwise. The movie is available on Amazon Prime Video. The film reminded of Searching (2018), as both of them were about what’s on a phone and a computer, but unlike the South Korean hit, the Malayalam film fails to keep you in a suspense till the end. The story is about Jimmy, a bank executive…

The Sleeping Insect (2020), directed by Yurina Kaneko, is a thriller, that’s streaming for ‘free’ as part of the Japanese Film Festival. A large part of the 60-minute film happens inside a city bus, where we are riding along with the protagonist, a young lady, a musician is following an old woman, after being captivated by a tune she is humming. This leads her to a lovely family. The story is a familiar one, with no new ideas shown, but the style of the film-making, a combination of fervency and casualness at the same time, made it absorbing.

Red Sparrow (2018) is a spy thriller played between Russia and America, that keeps you engaged due to Jenniffer Lawrence excellent performance, unfortunately the thrill associated with this genre was largely missing, making the film to be average watch.  The movie is available on Disney+ Hotstar. Dominika Egorov (Jennifer Lawrence) is a successful ballerina in Moscow whose career is stopped due to onstage injury, she then gets recruited by Russia’s spy agency. After her successful training, she is sent to Budapest to befriend & seduce an American CIA agent to extract the identity of an American mole in Russia. Did…

Ponmagal Vandhal (2020) is the first big-brand Tamil movie to get released directly on OTT (streaming service and not a theatrical release) and the first movie to release in over two months, while India is in a national lockdown over Covid-19. The film had a lot going for it, a thriller story centred around a cruellest crime (child rape and murder), a heroine-centric courtroom battle led by Jyothika – a rarity in Indian Cinema,  an array of Kollywood veterans including R. Parthiban, K. Bhagyaraj, Thiagarajan and Pratap Pothen and the pioneering opportunity of a digital release enabling a reach to…