Edge of Tomorrow- Watch, Go Crazy, Repeat!!!!

Tom Cruise has always been a special actor. He is one of the few remaining stars who are above the performance of a film. So what happens when a star like Cruise gets a chance to sink his teeth into a terrific script? He ensures his act and the film in totality leave you zonked at the end of it all. Yes, Edge of Tomorrow is a terrific summer blockbuster which has everything going for it. The right story, the right cast, the right time and Tom Cruise.

Edge_of_Tomorrow_PosterThe story is about an alien invasion and how Cruise is thrown into the battlefield and forced to fight them. As he dies each day and wakes up again to fight another day, he realizes his aim is not to fight, but to win the war. Along with the terrific Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise goes about saving what is left of the world. What really intrigued me was the fact that in spite of a story where the novelty factor goes missing after a while, as Cruise lives the same day again and again, the director never lets the film go the monotonous route. He introduces us to a different aspect every time the day starts and that keeps us glued to the screen. The VFX has also been used intelligently and goes well with the narrative. Bill Paxton who plays a supporting role shines in his part and lends the film gravitas. What also left me impressed was the fact that Cruise chooses to not play his usual star out to save the world role and in fact lets Emily Blunt chew up more screen time and in the bargain gives a nuanced performance which I had stopped expecting from Cruise.
If Sci-fi is what gets you excited, this is a must watch film. You wont be able to take your eyes off the screen. Sheer magnetism this!!!!



Krrish 3: Even 3 Hrithiks can’t save this film from being a colossal bore…

I really don’t expect much from Indian superhero films. After the catastrophic Ra.One, my  ONLY expectation from any film of this genre is that they offer some bang for my buck moments to take home. Unfortunately, Krrish 3 fails to match up to my meager expectations. I had liked Krrish, because almost 7 years back, it was a spectacle which hadn’t been seen on Indian screen before. Plus it had Hrithik in an all new avatar. Alas, Rakesh Roshan manages to undo all that good which he had done with Krish and serves us a regressive film. The signs were there already. An abysmal soundtrack was like a warning that you should walk in with minimal expectations. And that is the only reason this film will not crash at the box office like Ra.One , because frankly the expectations from Krrish 3 are much lower.

My biggest complain from the film is that it is a boring watch and is highly unoriginal. In fact we don’t even have to look westwards, a lot of scenes are exactly similar to Ra.One. Rakesh Roshan tried his best to pick and choose from all superhero films and create a bhelpuri of a script, but he fails even on that count. The film tries to emotionally connect with you, and when that fails, it tries to win you over with its CGI wizardry. But all that sadly wasn’t enough to keep the two kids next to me awake, as 1.5 hours into the film, I could hear their snore louder than the background score. And we have the Roshans has going all out claiming this to be a Diwali gift for kids.

The plot if there ever was one is of Krish saving Mumbai from absolutely everyone and anyone. He repairs planes, bashes up bank robbers and saves a kid hanging from a wire, that is till he is given something serious to do. That is to save Mumbai from Kaal. Rohit Mehra as Hrithik’s father (Hrithik again) hams to the hilt and his accent starts geting on your nerves after a while. Krish when he is not sporting a mask, tries to retain a job,but keeps getting fired every time. Where does that leave the leading ladies, you ask? Priyanka Chopra is serviceable in a role which only required her to appear by Krishna’s side once in a while. Kangana Ranaut is actually good fun in a role where she switches sides. But it is Vivek Oberoi who winds hands down for being the biggest caricature of the year. If that torture of a film called Grand Masti wasn’t enough, Vivek as Kaal twists and contorts his face in every scene while asking the same bloody question 25 times to the same 5 people. Doesn’t he realize in the first instance that they don’t have the bloody answer to his predicament?

The songs whenever they appear are the ideal moment for you to take a loo break. YES, they are that bad. The direction is strictly okay, but from a man who has been directing films for the last 30 odd years, you expect better. The acting by Hrithik Roshan is uninspiring. But it is not his fault. Saddled with a one tone character, he really doesn’t get the scope to display much histrionics. In fact, the only other time I have sympathized with an actor so much before was when I had watched Mausam. Such brilliant actors made to do silly stuff and they agree to do them for the sake of their fathers. Kangana Ranaut is the best performer in the film and when that is the case, you know where the film is heading.

I believe all that a superhero can do, has been filled into this film and I believe by the end of its run, Krrish 3 would have squeezed the audience dry of a few hundred crores. But it was the last scene which leaves the scope for a climax, that left me scared. In fact very scared!!!!! Another Krrish it seems is just around the corner. Cutting a long review short, this Diwali spectacle turns out to be a damp squib!!!

Rating- 2/5