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It’s been some time since I liked a gangster film. The last good one I remember watching was A Bronx Tale but it was not a traditional gangster movie like Goodfellas or Scarface. So Carlito’s Way was a welcome change. A good old mob story with Al Pacino. But the star here was Sean Penn. With those geeky glasses and springly hairstyle he’s the last one whom you’d think would involve in such criminal activities. Even though the screen space was less for him he’s the one who steals the show.

CARLITOS WAY

When Al gets shot in the very first scene and the camera keeps on taking 360 degree turn its beautiful to watch. Even though you know that it’s a climax we all are intrigued to hear what led to it. And thus begins the climax of Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino). I loved both his accent and the others in the area who call him Brigante with that thick accent.

Carlito you know is a powerhouse but he keeps his calm so that he doesn’t want to get involved in any criminal activities. But whenever he is pushed into it he comes out of it effortlessly. Because that’s where his roots are. But on the other hand David Kleinfield (Sean Penn) who tries to get into criminal activity even though succeeds, gets his hands dirty because that’s not his background. When Carlito says that David is a lawyer and not a gangster it has that much depth.

On the other hand it’s not only David who suffers for his mistakes but its Carlito. That’s what he keeps on saying, “it keeps on coming back to me no matter what I do.” Carlito is a tired guy. He wants a settled life but he’s not allowed to do so. Not that people push him into the hole wantedly but they’re used to seeing him as a hot shot and want him to remain the same. Anything less he does becomes a nothing story. The question is how long he could command respect when he’s not doing what he does best.

There have been constant references between Al Pacino and Kamal Hassan but after watching so many of Al’s films only through this I got to know Kamal indeed imitates Al but no harm. It suits him well and is good to watch. Al Pacino too couldn’t have looked better with beard and jacket throughout. This becomes my second favorite movie of his. First would still remain Dog Day Afternoon but it pushed Donnie Brasco one step down because even though Al was terrific as a sad man in Donnie Brasco, Carlito’s Way was wholesome.

The beauty in this film is its story telling, the treatment given to a gangster film. Usually it’s either the past that haunts a gangster or it’s the glory that brings them down but here it’s his friends who brings him down. That in spite of knowing that there are no friends in this business. He hardly trusts people but even the very few he trusts they bring him down. Throughout the film all problem he faces is because of Sean Penn and that’s one hell of a revenge scene.

The climax sequence, the chase from Sean Penn’s Hospital to the gun shot was terrific. Most of it was like Untouchables. But in Untouchables it looked like De Palma wanted to self-infest the tension but here the tension was building on its own. It was less fancy than the cradle coming down in stairs. The escalator scene was brilliant and heroic. In fact after the scene where Al throws bullets in dust bin, this was the best scene. Somehow railway stations make up for good action sequence be it Bourne or Untouchables or Carlito’s way. All was terrific.

I almost forgot about the Benny (John Leguizamo) by the time the final shot was about to arrive but he made the change. I’d have preferred Al to live somehow but that’s how it is.

 

 

What I thought to be a love story of the past proved to be a poetic story of love and betrayal. A beautiful mix of poetry and prose with brilliant music by Amit Trivedi. Time and again he proves that he’s the best in business. He carries the film in his shoulders throughout. A peaceful movie like this would have suffered a lot without Trivedi. It was like an entire opera piece played in diminuendo. There were mild romantic scenes on side, villainous scenes during the interval and dramatic scenes during climax. Everything was well supported by Trivedi’s music. This movie would have been words written in water without Trivedi. Even though it’s very tough to choose which part I liked the most, the pre interval block had some awesome music.

Lootera

This film was a very different approach to period films. Period films either trace good people, bad people or it’s a clash between good and bad. And nowadays we can safely assume that good equals to poor and bad equals to rich but this film broke those mould. When we see Sonakshi suffering from wheezing and his dad being ever so calm and adorable you hardly get to hate them. Just because they are Zamindars they aren’t bad. On the other hand even though Varun (Ranveer) comes down as a guy with royal Enfield and ray bans he’s supposed to be the one who is to benefit from Zamindari act because he doesn’t have royal ancestors. In a normal film you root for Varun but here you hate him. He comes as a menacing villain here. And the wheezing that Pakhi (Sonakshi) has isn’t just a tool to sympathize but a well written difficulty of an individual which makes more sense towards the climax.

Sonakshi Sinha doesn’t really appear as a femme fatale but here she was one. One who would get the respect of an individual too. I’ve never been fond of her even though she had acted well in Dabaang. And that’s the only film which I’ve seen of her. She was lovely in Lootera, especially as a playful daughter of a Zamindar. One who is naïve enough to fall in love for a guy who has come to cheat his father.

If the first half was about some cute romance and treachery, what lifted the film to next level was the second half. With the style of first half it’d have been a good movie to watch out for but with the second half Vikramaditya Motwane shows what he’s capable for.

I loved the parts where Ranveer gets back to Sonakshi’s apartment as there is always tension between them which is not sexual. The best scene was the one where he gives her a shot for her ailment. The last leaf scene could have been so easily spoilt but here it was beautiful. Even though it was dramatic the drama worked perfectly well.

By being poetic this film stoked my curiosity to get into poems.

Jigathanda could very well be the film of the year. Even though the release was limited the crowd loved the humor. Of course most of them wouldn’t have got the technical nuances and the cinematic references but still it caters to the masses with comedy working exceptionally well for the audience. And when the film ended the director got a standing ovation. If these things are not enough and only TV publicity are necessary, God help good cinema.

Jigarthanda

The trailer kept me intrigued for a long while and I was dying to watch this film but the censor certificate problem along with the producer and actor/directors quarrel it took its own sweet time to release. What you see in a trailer is a black comedy, a musical of course and there is a gangster who invokes laughs. We see Siddharth kneeling down and there is a heroic dialogue of him taking revenge. What I thought to be a revenge story turned out to be a brilliant black serious satirical comedy.

Karthik’s Pizza was definitely good but it was a clean entertainer with not much risks so the next film of his I didn’t have much expectations. But the trailer raised the bar. And finally when I watched the film I was surprised by the amount of talent he had. He had made a movie equivalent to Soodhu Kavvum and that’s not an easy job.

See the eye for details. The film has one of the brilliant opening scenes ever. A closed theatre which operates as a club with Malarnthum Malaratha song. We see a man entering which is a surprise but we of course know its Bobby Simha. As soon as he sits to play cards we see people surrounding him and shooting him as part of an encounter. The camera pans out and that’s when we hear “Madurai nagar kandu…” The film runs to the flashback mode and what leads to that scene is the story of the film or that’s what we think.

The detailing doesn’t end there. You hear the Good Bad Ugly background along with Indiana Jones interval card and Sowrashtra words being mouthed by Ambika and Lakshmi Menon. Ambika didn’t have much to do but whatever little she has done she did a fabulous job. Even the Sowrashtra diction was perfect.

Siddharth absolutely didn’t have any applause and Karunakaran had the maximum response but the show stealer was Bobby Simha. One fabulous performance by that guy. He is in fact the hero of the film. Siddharth except for the climax scene didn’t have even a single heroic scene. He has to be given credit for taking this role. Karthik rightly calls him a very professional actor. All the heroism/villainism was by Bobby Simha. His opening song Ding Dong was not only treat to hear but it was a treat to watch too. See the shot where he’s almost killed by a group of people, camera against the sun, he gets into the car, shoots and comes out the other side. All the while camera panning and the sun against it. It’s as brilliant a shot could get. And every time some member of the gang is introduced. It’s at the same point, same shot where Bobby Simha was introduced.

The three sidekicks to Simha and the way Siddharth tries to get the story about him was absolutely hilarious. In fact the way Siddharth gets to be director was hilarious. The first ten minutes ridiculing a TV show was funny. Funnier thing was this films’ media partner is Vijay TV. And there is a scene where someone in Madurai is killed by three people and we see arrow marks. For some time I thought it’s again going to be some film that ridicules media.

This is also a brilliantly written film by Karthik Subbaraj. Never imagined a film by a director who has come from US to be this good. In the midst of this gangster musical the way a director’s cinematic ambition included was a treat to watch.

Even though the last few minutes reminds us of Velli Thirai. The film wooed me a lot well before that. There were a couple of references about friendship, don’t know whether it was because I watched it on a friendship day or there is always a friendship reference in all the films.

True to its title it was a musical gangster story. Both the musical and gangster part worked very well. Background music throughout was fabulous and all the songs were a treat to watch too. Loved the energy in Paandinattu Kodi. Response wasn’t great in theatre for songs but that’s always a problem watching films in A-class theatres. Otherwise it was one hell of an experience.

I never expected such an honest attempt in making a horror movie. I thought it’d be like Evil Dead which I absolutely hated. But boy it was such a neat picture. It started to woo me right from the first scene. Which horror movie starts in a country far from us, in an archaeological dig and has characters ranging this wide. If it’s a horror movie it’s always about a middle class happy family or a bunch of youngsters high on dope. Oh, how badly we’ve got used to it.

the exorcist

It would have been brilliant if you had not known the film to be of the horror genre because right away it doesn’t jump to demons. It builds slow and steady like a beautiful family drama. If the first 15 minutes give you kind of Indiana Jones feel – well which archaeology film doesn’t? – The next 5 to 10 minutes shows Ellen Burstyn as an actress and here whereabouts. What an actor she is. The director could have easily used some simple character but a famous actress who is divorced, has a loving child and in the midst of shooting… He definitely deserves an applause.

Then there is a priest. There will always be a priest in a horror movie but generally that priest comes out of the blue and not like this, someone who gets spot by Chris while taking a stroll who has an ailing mother and also a confused individual himself. That’s another peculiarly brilliant character that I found out.

The story builds and builds like a Tolkien novel. And that’s a great feel. It’s only till you see the ghost the tension is at its peak. First when Regan is playing with her mom we could see a telekinetic movement, then the face of a demon here and there. This continues for a while until all the tests get over and she becomes truly possessed.

It’s a common thing with horror movies to have a cute girl die last or the sweetest of girls get possessed. But Linda Blair as Regan Teresa was such a cutie and there is a scene where her mom talks to her about her birthday plans in bed. If other cute scenes were cinematic reality, that was realism itself.

There were many iconic scenes like the head turning scene, the stairs scene but nothing was overdone. It didn’t scare me much but achieved its purpose. And also the detectives’ role was icing on the cake. Another character which could have been easily avoided but wasn’t.

If Shining was all about class, Exorcist was all about honesty!

Airplane would have been what Andaz Apna Apna for the North Indians. It was great movie to watch sitting laid back on a sofa and munching chips. Both of which I don’t like as a matter of fact. Airplane was funny right from the first scene where an airplane crashes part of airport but we don’t see anything about that story after it.

airplane!

The movie strikes with its satire even with its title. It’s Airplane! and not just Airplane. There were many funny scenes but the best of the lot was the one involving auto pilot. It’s a wonderful never thought before technique of using an air balloon. The humor goes one notch up when she blows air for it to inflate again so that the auto pilot can take command.

I’m not sure why the premise of airplane for chosen for this comedy. But it involves all the cliché that can be used like a kid entering cockpit as he wishes, people getting ill because of fish, pilot getting ill, a war veterans love story, a floor crews antics and  a motivational speech at last. Everything sticks together to give a decent enough entertainment that would last for an hour and a half.

Like how Andaz Apna Apna even though was funny didn’t appeal to me as much as it’d have for people up north. It was the same story with Airplane!

That red line thing at the end of first movie got clearer in the initial few minutes of the film. It was confirmed that the virus is spreading and the population is deteriorating. The title also was interesting with every word except planet starting with caps.

Dawn of the planet of apes

I got irritated with the very first scene of the movie. When the apes talk there was subtitles for it. It might be because 1) the apes have evolved so much that their sign language has become so complex for us to understand or 2) my copy of the rise of the planet of apes didn’t have subtitles for the apes scene (which even if I had missed I’ve no regrets at all as I loved it) or 3) the director simply didn’t wish to take any risk thinking that audience would get bored. Whatever may be the cause the subtitles thing totally turned me off. And 3D. Enough said! I really would like to know if there is any decent theatre without those 3D glasses. It’s so annoying. Funny thing was my friend trying to hold it throughout the film as it wouldn’t fit.

If the first movie was like any superhero movie the second one was like the dark knight. When it was said that Dawn of the Apes was the best sequel since Dark Knight I didn’t think that the comparison would be so literal. Anyways it’s nowhere near The Dark Knight. The only idea that could be appreciated is the apes behaving as we humans too. As we out rightly supported apes in the first movie it would be very tough to change opinion but the director achieves it in this film. After a long time we support the humans. Tired of all those stereotypes where people point at humans for all the bad deeds happening to planet. Why not some aliens come and we kick some ass outta them instead of weeping for the fuel we wasted. So in that way it was a relief.

If Caesar was MGR in the first film, he was a Sivaji Ganesan here in the second film. Highly sentimental and soupy. It was like watching an ape version of Devar Magan. I liked Koba, the real bad ass (Some Koba had favourited by review in twitter too). It was a treat to watch when he takes command. I especially loved the scene where he cleverly cheats two guys who practice shooting. That for me was the best scene in the film.

The film instead of adding details was plain slow. They could have made it as an action film to be better off. But forcefully trying to induce class put off the film. And they could have used some other actors as humans. That group was really bad. The apes displayed more emotion than them.

Though now the film is in Mexican standoff I don’t think I’ll be watching the third one. But would be interesting to see how the film ends. I want a high octane action film and not a war film with apes instead of humans

Why do they have so many ‘The’ in the title… its annoying.

Rise of Planet of Apes

Rise of the planet of the apes was like any other superhero movie where one gets super powers for the first time. And with great powers come great responsibility. Only difference here is the being which gets the super power is ape instead of human. Poets say that one can’t get tired of watching elephants and waves. But for me its monkeys. Monkeys are the only animal which is so awesome to watch. So I love watching chimpanzees, gorillas etc. As I’m not fond of pets, coming from me it’s a big compliment for those fellas.

James Franco is a brilliant actor who was fabulous in spider man. That guy is capable of doing great roles, sadly he gets confined to these small roles in blockbuster movies. But nevertheless he performs those roles with so much sincerity that you’d love him no matter what which side he’s on. Here too he performs his role to perfection with shades of grey and his constant confusion as to what to do with the drug. Every now and then a certain bit of villainy and confusion lures him which he brings out quite well. Like the time he gives the drug to his dad, when he takes the baby ape to home etc. These scenes would be easily overlooked so only a sincere person who knows that it’d be overlooked and in spite of that to act and excel was a great thing. Freida Pinto on the other hand looks quite sexy which was highly unexpected of her.

The film gets to the point right from the first scene. There isn’t any boring antiques about how it goes through the process. Right away we see an ape getting into the act. That’s how you do action movies. Get to the point straight away. And this movie being the first in series gets the luxury of a normal man becoming a superman, sorry, normal ape becoming a super ape. So those template scenes where the ape grows and the camera tracks it from one room to another finally leading to a place where the ape sees through the window came out good.

I liked how Caesar selects its symbol. First it draws the window symbol with a kind of heavy heart but ones it knows that its place is with the rest of the apes. It uses the same symbol to define them. That’s a nice little way to bring out the essence of the film.

Also for a moment when Caesar closes the door while Will tries to take him out. I thought he’s going to take revenge of him too but he doesn’t and also doesn’t kill anyone who hasn’t done him any harm. He was like the MGR of apes. Even though it was clichéd it was fun to watch the ape’s antiques.

The way Caesar gets to the asylum where he questions his identity and tries to fit in was a treat to watch. His various means to prove himself good and thus forming the don of the gang was again a great part of the story. But once they go on a rampage and try to escape, it was like any other film.

Also the climax I misunderstood. Instead of thinking that the virus is being spread I thought the monkeys are spreading throughout and causing rampage. The good thing about Caesar is he doesn’t want to rule the world but to lead a happy life like a middle class human being. That’s the maturity he gets with the virus. So Caesar when he says he’s home, he truly means it. James Franco does a great job even while smiling for Caesars reply.

Also the climax I misunderstood. Instead of thinking that the virus is being spread I thought the monkeys are spreading throughout and causing rampage. The good thing about Caesar is he doesn’t want to rule the world but to lead a happy life like a middle class human being. That’s the maturity he gets with the virus. So Caesar when he says he’s home, he truly means it. James Franco does a great job even while smiling for Caesars reply.

A film which everyone is loving right now and rightly so. Never has been a journey infested with so many Mallu girls. Right from my Guindy bus to the entrance of Phoenix to the end of movie. Everywhere there were Mallu girls. For the love of all increase the show I say!

bangalore days

Coming to the movie. When something is loved by everyone it defines itself. It means there wasn’t any risk involved in it. It’s not that cinema must offer something new always but that magic doesn’t work every time like it does for ‘It’s a wonderful life’. The innocence we find in Wonderful Life doesn’t happen here. However cute the movie was, it was man made cute and not the cuteness formed when it was molded.

When the film began I was hardly wanting to look at the subtitles. Not that the film wouldn’t have made sense without it but for a complete understanding of the film I had to watch the subtitles. Audience came with a preconceived notion that the film was going to be awesome I guess. There were lots of laughs for the initial scenes which for me wasn’t funny. Not that I complain of girls giggles. But in fact till the scene of Nazriya’s marriage I was quite irritated. Again a loser, again a chirpy girl and again a guy who goes out of the mould and quite clearly a hero. Dulquer is getting a lot of praise for his role but Ranbir was way better than him in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. Both impractical films which the guys with passion win with a little bit of sentiment here and there.

Ok so now Nazriya is married, she’s cute and makes friends quite easily. They all fall asleep in the same bed before her marriage. That scene didn’t work for me. They being cousins was just an excuse. May be the director was afraid to just show them as friends. The first song was just a bore, a normal against-the-marriage song by a guy who’s a gypsy. Wonder why songs go so wary in a film which had brilliant background music. But I loved the scene where Nazriya’s marriage gets fixed when their parents see her and Fahadh playing with a dog. His affection towards dog is shown much before so it makes sense when he goes to Nithya Menons house just before climax and the dog there jumps on him. Similarly the radio voice we keep on hearing as soon as they go to Bangalore but only before interval we get to see Parvathy Menon. These all were well directed scenes as the character study was done quite well. If it had been even a bit more obvious it would have spoilt the feel.

Even though we continue to enjoy Nazriya’s cuteness, the real question is how long she is going to survive doing the same thing. There is one show where Nazriya comes back home after a horrid dinner party wearing a sari. Her shoulder blades are in focus and for a second she looks hot. She has a great skin tone. I’m not sure whether that shot was made after letting her know what she is capable of. But she has to do roles without this chirpy girl image. I’d like to see at least one film where she doesn’t smile.

Bangalore was a little over hyped for the film. That’s understandable and that also worked well to a certain extent. Even though I hated the first scene of Nivin I started loving him as soon as he grins after getting a posting in Bangalore. In fact Nivins story alone could have been made as a separate film. He was so fabulous. Not only him, Kalpana as Kuttans mom was fabulous. She is one awesome actress and thanks to her the best scene in the film appears. The letter from Kuttans dad was the single most hilarious scene in the film. That too when he reads it second time after knowing that he has gone to Goa was fabulous. I loved the scene where she goes to Isha Talwar and returns without saying anything. Even the climax, though clichéd was lovely. Even though everyone seem to have loved the first half I started liking the film only after the first half.

That marriage part where Fahadh acts as a husband with trouble didn’t work. We all have seen Mouna Ragam so it was nowhere near. Arjuns (Dulquer) flashback too was such a pain. Why would someone always have divorced parents or troubled childhood to become someone they want to be? Can’t someone from normal family be someone they want to be? Good that they at least didn’t show the flashback of their parents rejoining.

Much was said about Fahadh as an actor too. I don’t know whether he deserves the testimony to be such a good actor as I haven’t seen him much but from what I saw in this film. He’s capable. But his biker act in the flashback was laughable and you can’t expect one to sympathize with someone whom you’ve seen just for few minutes. One of the bikers call it, “what a love story it was!” Seriously, what a love story was it? It all ended within a blink of an eye. But that scene where he scolds Nazriya for riding fast in a bike gets meaning after the flashback. It’s again not a scene we haven’t seen before but gets the necessary impact.

The final race seen though we have seen in numerous films was again good to watch. I couldn’t explain why. A welcome change was Sarah didn’t come to the race instead Arjun goes sees her. That humor where Kuttan asks Das whether he could drive worked well. Das gets his bit of heroism at last. They all get together and Kuttan completes the story.

Finally, The Red Damsel sitting behind me in theatre, out of pure luck, if you happen to read this anywhere in internet, know that it’s me who kept on staring at you till the parking lot.

Dhanush strikes gold with this one. Such a clever operator he is. He has manipulated everything that’s out there to woo youth and his fans. The film had everything from mother sentiment, his loser image, punch dialogues, beautiful next door girl to engineering. The last being the most important one.

Velaiyilla Pattathari

The film opens with Dhanush telling about his life thus far and how he has been jobless. None of the dialogues of which I heard. I assumed it thorough the moving pictures. When it comes to mass films it’s very important to choose the right location and the right set of people to go with. It was a big mistake to have gone for Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara with my family. That film would have been lot more fun with friends around. I wasn’t to repeat the mistake again. So I decided to go for the film with two of my best friends, of course one dropped but still the evening was memorable. Ambattur Rakki ambience was perfect for a film like this. Just that the travel to that place was like one hell of a ride which took close to two hours. I don’t know what’s with Dhanushs film and me, it took me 5 hours to reach theatre for Mayakam Enna because of the incessant rain and now its two hours due to traffic.

The casting was perfect. Samuthirakani as a strict father, Saranya as doting mother and a younger tall, fair and handsome brother. Even though Samuthirakani does nothing different to differentiate himself from the regular fathers which Dhanush has, he does is job quite well. Saranya was fabulous as always providing a comic relief here and there and also excelling in sentiment scenes. His brother is a trademark Agmark character who does what he’s supposed to do. All the scenes between the father and son duo attracted huge applause and then there is that regular scene which he defends his son after mothers’ death. Best of the scenes was the one where he says, “evan amma sentiment ennalayae thanga mudiyila”

Amala Paul comes in as a damsel next door who is a dentist earning 2 lakhs per month and its love at first sight for her. It’s again a mystery as to why a heroine like lady like her would fall in love with such loafer. She doesn’t even smirk when he drinks and dances on the floor top. Good thing is that the love angle wasn’t disturbed either by girls’ parents or by the lady who gets his mother’s lungs. That would have been an over kill. So a pretty lady coming by and not attracting the wrath of another pretty lady as well his friends was a welcome relief.

First half was so well built and with Dhanush’s mothers death we come to know what we are to expect in the second half. As expected it’s a rags to riches story with an amul baby villain who says, “enaku china vaysila irunthae intha local pasangala ellam pidikathu” with a foreign dialect. That guy is a typical hero material. It was funny when Dhanush after showing off his six packs takes the shirt of this guy. The crew cleverly doesn’t show the villains body. Guess they didn’t want to overshadow Dhanush’s six pack with that of the villains.

Songs were such a hit before the movie and they have used it very well to their benefit. Every one of the songs fits right at the place and comes out quite good. Especially the VIP song which is like Vetrikodi kattu from Padayappa was a perfect fodder to Dhanush’s image. Dhanush always wanted to be a director is what he says, he has used his directors’ brain quite cleverly to boost his image. The posters read ‘Adutha super star’ and all the background old music were from Rajni’s yesteryear songs like his cell phone song “vellai illathavan thaan…”

In all Dhanush equates his formula right and has a winner on cards. Everything works for him in this film from punch dialogues to songs to sentiments to fights. Also this film made me happy of watching a good mass film after a long time.

Edge of Tomorrow was never in my list but thanks to an offer which I couldn’t refuse I watched it. The movie had every reason for me to not watch. First being a sci fi, where wannabe college kids take their girlfriends, sit behind your back, talk on top of your head about how omega is greater than alpha etc by reading Wikipedia well before hand. All these guys should be put in a theatre handcuffed to watch space odyssey. Then it’s a 3D movie. Except for the extra 30 rupees they get it I don’t see any logic in watching a 3D movie. Worst is when even subtitles come near you. God! Give me a break. Then it had Tom Cruise who’ll cruise in a bike no matter what era the film is in. Here too it happened. Yet I watched the movie but to my surprise I came out of the theatre happy. One sole thing that a human would want on any day.

Edge-of-Tomorrow

Last week there was an article by Rangan about professionalism. This film reminded me of that article. He had mentioned about transformers there as the article was about Hollywood craps. I wouldn’t have watched transformers even if it had been my last day on earth and my existence would solely depend upon watching the film. So my thing was more about Hollywood blockbusters than craps. You know with most of the Hollywood blockbusters you can’t enrich your knowledge but when you watch Inception you don’t even want to do that. That’s how to make a perfect Hollywood blockbuster. As clean as a slate. Edge of Tomorrow is one such movie. I cited Inception here because it’s obvious, that’s the closest thing one would think of while watching the movie.

As you all know I don’t usually watch the trailers or even posters before watching the movie but this time it was different. As I was going to theatre after a long time to watch a Hollywood blockbuster I was curious. If I’m allowed to hurt my ego and say, I was excited too. The film is by Doug Liman, the guy who made a bad Mr and Mrs Smith, an interesting Jumper and my favorite of his Bourne Identity. So I got to know that I was in good hands and well Tom Cruise too like a majority of Hollywood superstars selects his scripts well.

In the poster of the movie there is a caption. Live. Die. Repeat. With Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in heavy armors. The caption was more like a t-shirt quote. Cheap and funny. But it couldn’t have made better sense. That one caption summarized the whole story. Good that I didn’t remember what I’ve read. I was surprised the first time the ‘repeat’ scene happened. Only when the ‘repeat’ scene happens the second time we really get to know the complete essence of it. And the wannabe kids who had read the story in Wikipedia beforehand. Would you guys have got the same kick I got when this scene happened?

The way the story builds up is awesome. Very rarely you see Tom Cruise as someone who is not in for action. So when he comes in and says to general that he won’t go for fight it’s a welcome change. It gives you a feel that you are in for something different even though after seeing all the metal jackets and the poster of the movie you know he’s going to come back with a bang. I don’t know whether he’s been called a faggot this number of time in his entire life.

Emily Blunt too was fabulous in her role. That never ending yoga scene was a treat to watch. I had seen her only in The Devil Wears Prada and that is nothing compared to Edge of Tomorrow. She seems to have developed a lot as an actor through the years.

The film was going at a really good pace and kept us on our toes but during the final minutes the after the obvious blood transfusion things became slightly formulistic/dramatic. And the scenes in London didn’t look real. They tried hard to use close up shots with hand held camera but it didn’t appeal as such. Otherwise the movie was a flawless entertainer.