Month: February 2017

‘Passengers’ 2016

Passengers, directed by Morten Tyldum and starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, tells the story of a colonisation mission aboard the spaceship ‘Avalon’ to a distant galaxy called ‘Homestead II’, which suffers severe damage and malfunctions causing a stasis pod, holding one of the 5000 passengers onboard, to bring its occupant back to life 90 years ahead of time. The passenger, Jim (Chris Pratt), an engineer, comes to realise quickly that not only is he completely alone but having been brought out of stasis so prematurely, and unable to re-enter, he won’t see the destination in his lifetime. After multiple failed attempts to contact the sleeping crew, and relay a message back to Earth, he finally accepts his fate and starts to enjoy the best of the unique 5-star, hotel-like Avalon can offer (the best of fine dining, swimming pools with universal views, and even a literal space-walk! I know, sounds like heaven). But how much luxury can one man take before the solitude takes over? With only Arthur the android bartender (Michael Sheen, the perfect choice for the films comedic, yet eerily unsettling voice of reason) to keep him company, the depression and desperation of loneliness takes over and he’s faced with a serious moral dilemma. Passengers explores multiple themes throughout, including loneliness, isolation, morality, desperation and love. By the time Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) arrives onscreen we’ve...

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Ezra

Cast : Prithviraj Sukumaran, Priya Anand, Tovino Thomas, VijayaRaghavan Story-Screenplay-Direction : Jay K Genre : Horror-Thriller Released : 10-Feb-2017 It was an era when Jewish settlements exist in Kerala. A story based on Jewish settlement and their traditions (atleast to an extent) is not much explored in malayalam industry. Jay K’s Ezra brings a Jewish tradition based horror treatment much to the surprise as his debut. A young couple shifts from Mumbai to Kochi and makes one of the oldest villas their home. Little did they know that the happiness in their life would soon be ruined. It all starts as the last Jew of Ke rala passes away and Priya (Priya Anand) picks up a box from his antique collection from a shop in Kochi. Will Ranjan be able to help Priya and bring peace back in their life? Suspense mounts as an interesting twist awaits you post-interval and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. The visual depiction of 1941’s Jewish settlements in Kerala are nicely pictured. Cinematography by Sujith vasudev works perfectly in horror sequences as well as the periodic flashback scenes. We have a flashback much like every horror movie which depicts the origination of the evil. Of course, we would have probably guess from there how it will ends. The twist in the end came unexpected but then a close watch...

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Captain Fantastic

Imagine growing up in the pacific northwest with no internet, no cell phones and no television. The film Captain Fantastic takes you on a journey with Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings trilogy) who is raising his six children off the grid. While most schools teach children about math and science, he is teaching them about how to hunt and gather your own food. The story begins where his wife has tragically passed away and he along with family travel across the country to attend the funeral where they are not very welcome. Mortesen’s parenting style in this film can only be described as nontraditional. Nothing is off limits with him as he discusses all things with hid children including politics, communism and sex. he also reiterates them to stick it to the man which seems to be a theme throughout the film.  It makes for some great laughs as he explains the birds and the bees to his son who is no younger than six. Mortensen performance is very honest and compassionate it’s really no wonder why the academy recognized him. This film will be looked back upon as his career continues. What also makes the film memorable are the children, their chemistry and interactions with one another looks as if we are just a camera crew filming their everyday lives. While most of these young actors are...

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