After spending the past few weeks totally catching up on Supernatural (the TV series), Invincible (the comic series), Harry Potter (the book) and a whole host of movies, its time to review a few movies that I ended up watching. Owing to the fact that I ended up watching a lot of stuff, its best to write pellet reviews for the same and here it goes
1. Hangover – The sleeper hit of the year (so far), this was a laugh riot. Bachelor party in Vegas wherein spiked drinks cause a night of wildness following which 3 guys wake up to discover that the following things – A tiger in their hotel bathroom, A baby in their hotel room, The bridegroom is missing, One of them (a dentist) has a missing tooth (LOL, i found this absolutely hilarious), Another has a hospital tag on, a police car in their parking slot and a whole host of other incidents. How the guys deal with it while getting deeper and deeper into trouble while simultaneously trying to locate the missing bridegroom ensures that 90 mins fly by without you getting bored. Cameos by Heather Graham and Mike Tyson add more masala to the festering stew. Its a riproaring ride for the first hour, the ending is slightly contrived but hey it is still fun. Watch this movie. (Not recommended for people whose taste in humor does not include slapstick).
Rating – 8/10
2. Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen – A typical Michael Bay movie. More Blasts per buck than any movie you have seen. Watch this movie for 2 reason – 1) The Special Effects an CGI 2) The unbelievably hot Megan Fox. Oh and just leave your brain at home when watching this movie. A tad too long though, the movie would have benefitted with a more than generous snipping from the editors. One more reason to watch the movie is for 24 fans, you get to see Glenn Morshower play a role in the movie (Agent Aaron Pierce)
Rating – 5/10
3. Duplicity – Another good fun movie. Tale of 2 spies, one CIA and the other MI-6 planning a heist on the corporate world, trading secrets. The question however is are they playing the game or is the game playing them? The pair, played by Julia Roberts and Clive Owen simply sizzle. Story-wise, there is nothing new in this and the ending was like kind of expected. What is refreshing is the lead pair and the chemistry they share. Also various situations wherein they revert to type and its almost like each of them is expecting this will happen and have plans for the same. A fairly entertaining watch and a good way to pass time, even if the ending is kind of arbit.
Rating – 7/10
4. Thick as Thieves – Another thief caper starring Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman involves Freeman in his last job in search of a partner, leading to Banderas joining him. However, things are not as they seem with both Freeman and Banderas. Who killed Freeman’s last partner and what is Banderas’ actual game are questions that drive the movie forward. Again, nothing new but good fun. Freeman is again wholly impressive while Banderas is fairly ok. The movie does meander a bit in the middle while the climax is a little unexpected.
Rating – 6/10
5. Killshot – I frankly dont know why I downloaded this movie ( I guess the 250 MB movie size helped) and why I ended up watching it (the running time of 84 mins helped I guess). Ok movie. Involves Mickey Rourke as a con who kills his own brother in a heist gone wrong meets another low life who reminds him of his brother and takes him as his partner. In another heist gone wrong, they leave behind a husband-wife witness pair (Thomas Jane & Diane Lane) and decide to kill them, while the pair try to survive. Arbit-max movie.
Rating – 4/10
6. Pasanga – Now this is a movie to be seen. A story about kids. Some of the way the kids behave are remniscent of what you might have done during school days. A totally enjoyable movie. The college lingo that we use has this word called situation song and this movie makes full use of that. Apologies for all Non-Tams but this movie is deserving of the phrase ‘Idhu Sekka Rousu Machi’. James Vasanthan handles the score for the movie and as usual churns out a melodious chart buster. The ‘Oru Vekkam Varudhe’ song is brilliant and its usage as a background score is inspiring. It is indeed a change from the normal movies that we watch and I would say its a bold direction that Tamil cinema is heading towards. The ending is where the movie falter and is almost a contrived one. Apart from that, the casting is good and the kids have acted brilliantly. A must watch
Rating – 8.5/10