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Agneepath (2012)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Agneepath..Agneepath..Agneepath.....More than just a remake..

The original was a class apart is known to one and all. Amitabh Bachchan created a persona 'Vijay Dinanath Chauhan' with his powerhouse performance. Hrithik has created a new age, rogue and ruthless 'Vijay Dinanath Chauhan'. He has done all the justice to his character.
Amitabh displayed a person who had wrapped himself in arrogance to fight with the unjust in his own way. Whereas Hrithik displays a subtle and transparent side just bearing one thing in mind, to avenge his past. Full marks there.
Sanjay Dutt as Kancha is deadly and ferocious. His character and Body language speaks a lot more than his actual dialogues. Rishi Kapoor as 'Rauf Lala' is awesome. His screen presence in unfazed in front of both Hrithik and Sanjay. Very well depicted. The Junior Vijay Chauhan is also a very apt choice.Rest of the cast do their part but nothing memorable about them.
There are flaws in the movie and in between the movie is stretched and gets overly emotional. The flow of the movie is very much Bollywood but, it is the presentation which makes it impressive. Karan Malhotra as debutant director does a good job.

In a Nutshell:
a) Highlights:
The music by Ajay-Atul is varied and enjoyable. Songs convey the emotions perfectly. The background score is terrific and for me it is also a character in the film. Formidable work by Ajay-Atul.
Cinematography is good and the overall production design is fabulous. The dark-broody feel is kept alive throughout all the scenes shot in 'Mandwa'(Diu).
b) Flaws:
The screenplay is set loose at many times in the movie.

The scenes involving Hrithik and his mother (Zarina Wahab) do not reflect the same intensity as it was in the original between Amitabh and Rohini Hattangadi.
"Chikni Chameli" is a thorough disappointment. It was probably just marketing gimmick which was thought about later and stuffed in the movie.

P. S.: This review just has character description.

The Mechanic
The Mechanic (2011)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Actors are the winners, script isn't..!!!!

The Mechanic................What I do requires a certain mindset.

Jason Statham (Arthur Bishop) plays the title role, an elite assassin with a skill to eliminate his targets in a clean fashion. He believes that the best jobs are the one's nobody ever knows you were there. Donald Suherland (Harry McKenna) is his boss cum mentor and Ben Foster (Steve) plays the part of his son. Harry and Dean (Goldwyn) are partners and they give their "assignments" to Arthur. Dean approaches Arthur with a contract of killing Harry with citing the reason that Harry is no more loyal to the company.

After Arthur is done with Harry, Steve comes in the picture with urge to learn the skills to become a "Mechanic". They hit it off well with their assignments. But soon Arthur comes to know that he had been deceived by Dean to kill Harry. Both Arthur and Steve go on a Seek and Destroy mission and are eliminate the Dean. During the entire sequence, Steve gets hold of his father's gun and he gets to know that it was none other than Arthur who had killed his father and then the climax.

The direction, script and screenplay are just average, speaking of which this is a remake of a movie with the same name which came back in 1972. Haven't watched it so no comparison.

In a Nutshell:

Betrayal and Vengeance complete the movie.

a)Highlights: Performances by both Jason Statham and Ben Foster are good. Statham blends with his character very well and Foster is just brilliant in his attitude and body-language.

b)Flaws : There are thriller clichés and the action sequences are just average.

My rating 45%

Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy (2010)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The plot of the movie is that of Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) , the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn(Jeff Bridges),who tries to look into the disappearance of his father which leads him to the virtual world his father's been trapped in for almost 2 decades. What follows is a stunning visual delight with some edgy fight and chase sequences, displaying great maneuvers!!!! Sheer Visual Treat..!!

In this movie, the soundtrack (courtesy Daft Punk) comes as the real winner. It makes the complete feel of the Virtual world so real and upbeat that it is hard not to enjoy. The fights and clash along with some very ecstatic tracks feels terrific.

The script is the real culprit which takes the entire feel to an unexpected low. The characters are weak, so is the acting, even Bridges could not give justice to his "Kevin Flynn" character. But CLU was very well played by him(Yeah, Jeff Bridges appears in 2 Guises).

Sam(Garrett) is just another character played in a very cliched (C)d manner. Olivia Wilde is also just OK as the doe eyed "Quorra". Michael Sheen as "Castor" has a sort a cameo. But still his 5 minutes of screen presence impressed me.

Director's job is just OK. Not extraordinary. The original TRON ('82) was a cult movie then. Although the descent of technology makes this one visually spectacular but fails to keep the audience engaged on the story line.

Shutter Island
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Shutter Island........"Which would be worse, to live as a monster or to die as a good man? "
This movie has to be appreciated for its unusual way of unfolding. So well is the mix of story-screenplay and direction that halfway into the movie and you feel like on "Shutter Island". Scorsese's brilliance is what makes the movie fantastic and add to it a stellar performance by Leonardo Dicaprio.
Shutter Island is a complicated story (I won't write much about that) based on one person's imagination to let himself off being the person he really is....As in the words of the Dr. Cawley(Ben Kingsley), he constructed the most radical, cutting-edge, role-play ever attempted in Psychiatry, to successfully bring back the patient to his normal terms of life. In the end what happens is the most interesting part and I was floored after seeing the same.
I love these kind of movies where in the viewer needs to put actual effort to understand the story, plot, characters and even be able to relate to them for better understanding. Shutter Island is successful upto certain level in all of these fronts.
The credits say that Shutter Island is actually made from a novel (I've not read it). The screenplay and editing is good, cinematography should be appreciated as well as the production design and the art direction.
In a Nutshell:
a) Highlights: Great effort for the detailing, Very good performances by the cast namely Leonardo, Mark Ruffalo(Chuck), Ben Kingsley(Dr. Cawley) and others, Background score adds to the feel of being in a state of confusion
b) USP : The intrigue story and the director's fine job.

My rating 70%

Zodiac (2007)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Zodiac....." What follows is based on actual case files...."
The year 1969. Well, it's a crime movie with David Fincher in the director's chair. Now, just for the record we've seen 'Seven' and 'Fight Club' and it is really his style of direction that is 'intrigue' in nature. Same goes for this movie. Zodiac is a real big puzzle and to understand it, attention has to be given to all the details of characters, incidents, dates, written letters and ciphers to name a few.
The movie is an adaptation of a book by Robert Graysmith (The character is played by Jake Gyllenhaal). The direction is top-notch so is the screenplay by James Vanderbilt and the Editing by Angus Wall.
In terms of acting Gyllenhaal who plays a cartoonist but due to his curios nature (read the character), it takes him to extreme highs towards solving the case, and he does a fine job. He fits the bill perfectly. Robert Downey Jr. has a small part to play but does the job good. The surprise for me came in the form of Mark Ruffalo who plays the role of Inspector Dave Toschi. His angst, nature, curiosity all is reflected continuously. His body language, wee-bit of arrogance all other qualities which according to me he has grasped for the sake of the character has to be applauded. The rest of the cast supports the flow of the movie well.
The length of the movie is questionable. For the viewer it gets draggy at some point (From my own experience).
Special mention for the Production design and of course the cinematography. It really gives the feel of the 70's. I have seen the Dirty Harry series so I can tell that...!!!

In a Nutshell:
a) Highlights: Great crime story, fine direction, acting is enjoyable.
b) Flaws: The length of the movie, Too many things to digest in one go.
c) USP : The mystery quotient remains high till the end.
My rating 75%