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Filming in India, director Kumar invests the proceedings with a vividly realistic atmosphere, fully conveying the poverty-stricken conditions suffered by the town's desperate inhabitants.
Not a thriller by any means, Bhopal spends two-thirds of its running time following a few too many two-dimensional characters during the events leading up to the disaster.
Some of the portrayals are over-the-top in their villainy, and the dialogue, acting and music all tend to be melodramatic. But all of the overt heartstring-pulling doesn't add much.
Through "Bhopal," the filmmaker argues that the promise of jobs and prosperity all too often trumps environmental and safety concerns, and it leads government to ignore corporate wrongdoing.
This is crudely mounted, earnest advocacy, getting its points across at any cost.
The all-too-real apocalyptic images are impressive, even if the mixing of drama and documentary doesn't completely work.
A Prayer For Rain is a must-watch, for the sheer gravity of the criminal incident that remains unresolved three decades after it occurred. Also, it blames both the American and Indian sides.
While Kal and the lovely Mischa, as the journalists on the rampage, have you rooting for them, Rajpal and Tannishta are nicely believable.
Kumar deftly explains the complicated links between short-sighted boardroom decisions, corruption among the political class, the corporate culture of profit at any cost, and workplace accidents that could have been avoided if somebody cared.
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain doesn't aim for thrills but gut-wrenching reality in recreating the events of that horrific day.
A sobering lesson about controlling the corporate message in this age of double speak where symbolic gestures have replaced sincerity, substance and any concern about viable solutions.
Melodramatic but fair-minded, vivid and absolutely harrowing when it recreates the calamity that the film is truly about.
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