VIKRAM: HITLIST (2022)

Release Date: 03/06/2022 Cast: Kamal Haasan, Fahadh Faasil, Vijay Sethupathi, Narain Director: Lokesh Kanagaraj Vikram: Hitlist has most entertainment that you can expect from a masala potboiler in theaters — Ambar Chatterjee I have a friend who suffers from Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and has a history of walking out mid-way from films like “Judgementall Hai Kya?”,…

SAANI KAAYIDHAM (2022)

Platform: Amazon Prime Videos Release Date: 06/05/2022 Cast: Keerthy Suresh, Selvaraghavan, Kanna Ravi Director: Arun Matheswaran The most violent Indian revenge drama that I have seen in years — Ambar Chatterjee Ponni (Keerthy Suresh), a lower caste police constable and wife of a waged laborer (who dreams of making it big in village politics) is…

MUKHOSH (2021)

Release Date: 19/08/2021 Platform: Hoichoi Cast: Anirban Bhattacharya, Anirban Chakrabarti, Tota Roy Chowdhury  Director: Birsa Dasgupta “Propelled by strong performances and breakneck pacing, Mukhosh proves to be a worthy remake” — Ambar Chatterjee Mukhosh is a remake of the much-celebrated Malayalam thriller Anjaam Pathiraa. While the story and the characters remain the same as they were in the…

KATE (2021)

Release Date: 10/09/2021 Platform: Netflix Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Woody Harrelson, Miku Patricia Martineau, Tadanobu Asano Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan A fun thriller with pulsating action and a stellar performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead — Ambar Chatterjee Over the last few weeks, I have seen two films (Protégé, Jolt) wherein the protagonist is a kickass femme…

IN DARKNESS (2018)

  Release Date: 25/05/2018 Cast: Natalie Dormer, Emily Ratajkowski, Ed Skrein, Jan Bijvoet. Directed by: Anthony Byrne My friend Brad has been asking me to watch this film again and again and again. He believes that the recently released Andhadhun is a scene per scene copy of this film. I made it clear to him…

UPGRADE (2018)

Release Date: 1/6/2018 Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Benedict Hardie, Richard Anastasios, Rosco Campbell Director: Leigh Whannell Set in the near future, Upgrade tells the story of Grey (Logan Marshall-Green), a self-proclaimed technophobe in a world controlled almost fully by technology. Grey soon lands up in a situation that takes everything away from him and lands him…

VIKRAM VEDHA (2017)

Vikram Vedha is loosely based on the folktale featuring the king Vikramaditya and his tussle with the demon Vetal. The director duo of Pushkar and Gayathri set their tale in a modern milieu with the king Vikramaditya transformed to a modern-day encounter specialist cop Vikram (R. Madhavan) and the demon Vetal depicted as a ruthless…

DEATH WISH (2018)

When a film is remade it must be either of the things mentioned below. Better than the original – “The Departed” Provide something new or extraordinary that justifies the reason to remake the original in the first place – “Shaurya” Add a new dimension to the original that makes it a whole new film –…

EDEN LAKE(2008)

I don’t remember a time when I was scared of a bunch of 12 year olds. But that’s exactly what Eden Lake did to me. This isn’t a feel good film. This isn’t a film where the good triumphs over evil. On the contrary, this is a film where the murdering 12 year old maniacs…

JOHN DOE VIGILANTE(2014)

It was nearly half past nine at night when my phone rang and Brad was on the other side of it. Like he always does, he just jumped to the point and asked me whether I knew which film was the recent Akshay Kumar starer “Gabbar is back” ripped from? The very next moment he…

GHATAK (1996)

There is a key scene in Ghatak were a kid after going through a lot of psychological turmoil and finally ending up losing his father to the antagonist revolts against his oppressors with whatever little strength he has got shunning all childish fears. This scene sums up the content of the whole film underlining its…

NOW YOU SEE ME(2013)

“Unleashed”, “Transporter 2” and “The Incredible Hulk”. The names mean entertainment right?. Sans Clash Of Titans, where Louis Leterrier went terribly wrong, he has been on spot for most of the while and with Now You See Me, he successfully cements his position as one of the most prolific entertainers of our times. Entertainment at…